As accessible as it is personal.

The world’s most personal device was designed for every person. So a person who’s blind can take group selfies. A person who’s deaf can call Mum from overseas. And a person who can’t move from the neck down can send text messages to friends.

Reading Support

Speak Screen on iPhone

If you learn better when you can hear what you’re reading or writing, features like Speak Screen, Speak Selection, Typing Feedback and Predictive Text can help by adding an auditory component to text. Turn on Speak Screen and swipe down from the top of the screen with two fingers, or just tell Siri to Speak Screen, to have all the content on pages read back to you.1 You can even use Speak Selection to highlight the specific range of text you want to hear, in colours that you can customise. Then follow along as highlighted words, sentences or words within each sentence are read aloud. And with Typing Feedback activated, each letter you type on the keyboard is spoken aloud as well. You can also use Predictive Text, which suggests word options that you can listen to and choose from to get help with spelling.1

Dictionary

Say you’re reading an article on astronomy and are stuck on some terminology. Just look it up — dictionary definitions are integrated into iOS. Get quick access to definitions and commonly used phrases to help with spelling, pronunciation and grammar.

Speak Screen on iPhone

Speech

FaceTime lets you communicate visually, using sign language, gestures or facial expressions.2 iMessage lets you chat with others via text. And Speak Selection helps with speech development by speaking the words you’re reading. Or you can compose your own text and have your iPhone speak for you. There are also more than 100 third-party speech apps that can turn your iPhone into a powerful augmentative communication device.

Safari Reader

For some students, navigating the web can be a sensory overload. Safari Reader reduces the visual clutter. It strips away ads, buttons and navigation bars, allowing you to focus on just the content you want. And Safari Reader works with Speak Selection and VoiceOver to provide auditory reinforcement for what you’re seeing.

Updated Guided Access and Screen Time

Guided Access helps people with autism or other attention and sensory challenges stay focused on the task (or app) at hand. A parent, teacher or therapist can limit iPhone to stay on one app by disabling the Home button, and limit the amount of time spent in an app. You can even restrict access to the keyboard or touch input on certain areas of the screen. So wandering taps and gestures won’t distract from learning. And now with Screen Time, it’s even easier for people to manage device usage for themselves and their families. Activity Reports give a detailed breakdown of where time is spent, and App Limits let you set a specific time to spend in an app. You can also schedule a block of Downtime in which an iOS device can’t be used, or choose specific apps like Phone or Apple Books to always be available.

Updated Siri

Siri on iPhone

Siri helps you with the things you do every day.³ All you have to do is ask. Say something like “Tell Lucy I’m running late” or “Remind me to make a booking for Saturday”. And now with Siri Shortcuts, you can initiate customised, multi-action commands by voicing a preferred phrase. A simple command like "Heading Home" can simultaneously notify a family member, pull up directions based on a bus schedule and start a favourite playlist — a great way to lessen the stress of travel, while encouraging planning skills.

Siri on iPhone

Resources

Support

Apple Accessibility Support

Learn more at Apple Accessibility Support

User Guides

iPhone User Guide (Tagged HTML)

Learn more with the iPhone User Guide

iPhone User Guide (Apple Books)

Open the iPhone User Guide in Apple Books

Enable accessibility features on iPhone.

    1. From the Home screen, open iOS settings icon and select General.
    2. Select Accessibility.
    3. Select and turn on the features you want to use.

Explore the learning and literacy accessibility features built into our other products.