Technology enhances many things for many people. That includes people with disabilities. Making devices accessible is important. According to Ritchie, accessibility is also referred to as inclusivity. That means it is "all about making the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad work for as wide a range of people as possible." There are several different accessibility features on iOs specifically for an iPhone or iPad. There are multiple disabilities that iOs accommodates with the following features:
The vision features that Apple provides are targeted for people who are blind, visually impaired or colorblind. Zoom magnification can make everything from icons to text bigger and easier to see. Large and bold is a feature that can be enabled on your device to make text bigger in order to be more legible. You can also use the camera on an iPhone or iPad as a magnifying glass. Display Accommodations is a feature that is easier on the eyes for people who are sensitive to brightness. The VoiceOver is a screen reader so that anyone with a visual impairment can have the screen read to them. When enabling the Speech Selection feature, it will read aloud any text that is highlighted. (Ritchie, 2016)
For people who have motor skill, coordination or physical impairment, using the Touch Accommodation and AssistiveTouch features makes using a touchscreen easier. For hearing impairments, Hearing Aid support will connect with and manage compatible hearing aids. This also includes connecting to Bluetooth enabled hearing aids. Guide Access allows you to lock one app at a time where there is no way to exit from the app or go back to the home screen. This can be extremely helpful in educational settings. (Ritchie, 2016)
The iPhone (and many apple products) "was designed for every person. So a person who’s blind can take group selfies. A person who’s deaf can call Mom from overseas. And a person who can’t move from the neck down can send text messages to friends." (Accessibility - iPhone, n.d) Technology is a good thing, but technology with accessibility is a great thing. These accessibility features provide opportunities for people with disabilities that were not possible before. Accessibility means inclusivity and these features make that possible.
Accessibility - iPhone. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.apple.com/accessibility/iphone/
Ritchie, Rene. (2016, October 8). Accessibility for iPhone and iPad: Ultimate guide. Retrieved from http://www.imore.com/how-to-accessibility-iphone-ipad
Use Accessibility features in iOS. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204390