iPads have some great accessibility functions that can be invaluable to people with dyslexia or other reading disabilities.
Using the text to speech feature your iPad will read aloud for you making websites, documents or books instantly accessible. The voice is a bit robotic but not as terrifying as the Kindle!
Let’s give it a try.
- Go to ‘Settings’
- Click on ‘General’
- Click ‘Accessibility’
- From here click ‘Speech’
- Swipe ‘Speak Selection’ to green. This will read what you highlight.
- Swipe ‘Speak Screen’ to green. This will read everything.
- Tap ‘Voices’. There are several voices to choose from and I suggest going for an enhanced version. It uses a bit more memory but is easier to understand.
Tip: When switching between voices to try them out you need to close and reopen the Text to Speech menu bar to have the changes take effect.
- You can move the slider between tortoise and hare to alter the speed of the voice. A good starting position is just below half way but you can make changes as the iPad is reading a page.
- Swipe to turn on ‘Highlight Content’. This will shadow each word as it is read aloud.
So how do you use it?
Open a web page or iBook. Now just swipe two fingers down from the top of the screen.
This will make the Text-to-speech controls appear.
While the words are being spoken you can change the speed of the voice, pause, skip, go back or exit out of the audio completely.
Tip: Highlight by holding down on a word and dragging.
And it’s as easy as that! Keep watching this space for more great tips on how to make your iPad dyslexia friendly.
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