Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Bookshare works with iBooks on iOS devices

Bookshare works with iBooks on iOS devices...
Now that Bookshare offers books in EPUB format, Apple users can read EPUB books on their computers and mobile devices using iBooks.  It has a few accessibility options for readability (including the ones built into your device under settings) and it's free to use!. 

Video Tutorial

Download EPUB

  • On the iPad, launch the Safari internet browser and navigate to Bookshare, and log in to your account.
  • Search for a book using the search box at the top of the page.
  • After finding the book in the search results, select EPUB from the download format drop-down menu, then select the Download button.
  • You’ll then be taken to your My History page. Select the Available or Downloaded link next to the status of the book to save it to your device.
  • Select the Open in iBooks button to save the EPUB file to iBooks.
Open iBooks
  • Go to Settings on your iOS device.
  • Select General, then Accessibility.
  • Under Accessibility settings, select Speech.
  • Under Speech settings, enable Speak Selection, Speak Screen, and Highlight Content. 
  • Open your book in iBooks. For best results, please disable Scrolling View in iBooks settings.
  • Swipe down with two fingers from the top of the screen to start listening from the top of the page.
  • To listen to a particular paragraph, tap and hold on the text to highlight it, then select the Speak button to start the audio. To stop the Text to Speech, select the Pause button.
Once you’ve opened the book in iBooks, you can use Apple’s built in Text to Speech feature to listen to the book. Before you can use this feature, you’ll need to enable Text to Speech and word-highlighting:
Once Text to Speech is enabled:

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Where? Oh Where, Can I Find Free Online Switch Accessible Activities???

If you use switches in your classroom, you may find it challenging to find free switch accessible websites and activities .  Thanks to Andrea (an Assistive Technology Specialist) and her husband Gene, this just got easier.  Gene made it for her because she couldn't find anything online that she could set up with large image-based links.  This was important to her because she wanted her students to be able to choose their own activities.  Between the two of them, Andrea and Gene developed a wonderful website and have graciously agreed to share with us!

The website is essentially a scannable (2-step switch scan via any switch interface, using "space" and "enter") launcher with links to free, online-switch accessible activities that you can play from any browser!  There are single switch activities, two-step, mouse practice, etc.   It has auditory prompts as
Check out the site below!
It's still a new , so keep checking back for updates and/or changes. 

Thursday, October 13, 2016

3 NEW Accessibility Features in iOS 10!

First things is a list of the devices compatible with the upgrade
1)  Updates to Speak Selection
The last big update came with Speak Selection and Speak Screen options.  iOS 10 now provides the option to highlight words and/or sentences with the speak selections!

2)  Typing Feedback 
Now, you can choose a feature that  will allow you to hear words aloud as you type them.

3)  Hold to Speak Predictions 
The free word predictions is already great, but with the "Hold to Speak Predictions" feature, you can hear the word before you use it!

For more information on how to find and set up these features, check out the YouTube video below.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Is Your iPad Running Slow? Here are some quick tips to speed it up.

Reduce special effects
If you are running iOS 7 or, later you might have noticed screen movement. You can reduce these motion related effects
Go to Settings>> General>> Accessibility>> Reduce Motion and turn the toggle on.

Stop background refresh
Background app refresh is one of the multitasking features when enabled lets the apps to fetch content in the background.  Most of your apps don't need to be updated all the time.
Go to Settings>> General>> Background App Refresh and disable the functionality.

Quit Spotlight
Spotlight allows you searching a lot of content such as Applications, Contacts, Music, Podcasts, Mails and more, while you might need it only for a few only. Uncheck the apps you don't want to search from:
 Settings>> General>> Spotlight Search.

Clear browser cache
Whenever you visit a webpage, Safari will automatically save its content in its memory cache but over time the browser cache fills up to an extent that it can slow down your browsing experience.
In Settings, find Safari on the left side and tap on Clear Cookies and Data on the right site. Affirm by tapping Clear in the popup window.

Turn off notifications
Many apps, when first launched, ask you whether you want them to notify you about important updates and other stuff. After a while you have a ton of apps that want to push notifications and it slows things down.
In Settings, go to Notification and clear out all the apps that you really don’t’ need notifications for.

This information was taken from the following article: