iOS 6 Accessibility Features – More Options for Individuals with Disabilities!

iOS 6’s projected upgraded features  for fall, were announced by Apple providing many new exciting features supporting individuals with disabilities.

Here is what the website previews in their Accessibility overview for the iOS 6 with one of the new features called Guided Access:

Guided Access
“iOS 6 comes with even more features to make it easier for people with vision, hearing, learning, and mobility disabilities to get the most from their iOS devices. Guided Access helps students with disabilities such as autism remain on task and focused on content. It allows a parent, teacher, or administrator to limit an iOS device to one app by disabling the Home button, as well as restrict touch input on certain areas of the screen.”

Here is an image of what some of the Guided Access controls look like:

Other Accessibility Upgrades

“VoiceOver, the revolutionary screen reader for blind and low-vision users, is now integrated with Maps, AssistiveTouch, and Zoom. And Apple is working with top manufacturers to introduce Made for iPhone hearing aids that will deliver a power-efficient, high-quality digital audio experience.”

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Other Accessibility Features

For more information on the iOS 6 Accessibility upgraded features visit The Website of Luiz Perez Blog has more information on the iOS 6 Accessibility upgrades. Luiz Perez, an expert on disabilities, provides a explanations of the projected Accessibility functions in the iOS 6 upgrade. Here is just an overview of the improved features he explains in his post:

  • Guided Access
  • VoiceOver integration with Maps, Zoom and Assistive Touch
  • Word highlighting in the speak text option
  • Custom vibrations
  • New Made for iPhone hearing aids
  • Dictionary improvements
  • Siri features integrated into the iPad 2 & 3

Visit Luis Perez’ post for his expert overview of the iOS 6 at: .

iOS 6 Compatibility

The iOS 6 upgrade according to with be compatible with:

The new iOS 6 upgrade is exciting news for iDevice users and service providers who have or are working with individuals with disabilities. Wow, so many possibilities! How exciting it is to be able to apply these features to clients we work with to remove barriers as well as making life easier for ourselves!

Keep your device up to date to be ready for iOS 6 this fall!


About Carol Leynse Harpold, MS, OTR/L, SCLV, ATP, CATIS

OTR/L with more than 35 years experience in pediatrics, school based therapy and adult rehabilitation. Masters of Science in Adaptive Education/Assistive Technology with 20 years experience in AT in education of elementary, middle school, secondary, post secondary students and work environments for adult clients. A RESNA Assistive Technology Practitioner with ACVREP CATIS credentials, AOTA Specialty Certification in Low Vision, USC Davis Executive Certificate in Home Modifications, servicing adults and students with disabilities in employment, education, and home environments. A 2020 graduate of the University of Alabama Birmingham Low Vision Certification Program.
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2 Responses to iOS 6 Accessibility Features – More Options for Individuals with Disabilities!

  1. Riley loop says:

    Our Cerebral Palsy community has been eagerly awaiting this update! Thank you for posting this information.

    If you one wants additional info on apps and other assistive technology best practices visit our website:

    Cerebral Palsy Family Network

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