20 Ways to Increase Accessibility With an iOS Device

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Explore and create : Creation lab

Cassie Frost  
This session will focus on the accessibility features built into iOS devices. This session will show and model features that make the device and content more accessible to users with disabilities. Learn about features for magnification, screen reading, hands-free use, and more.

Audience: Coaches, Teachers, Technology coordinators/facilitators
Skill level: Intermediate
Attendee devices: Devices required
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: iOS
Tablet: iOS
Topic: Assistive & adaptive technologies
Subject area: Special education
ISTE Standards: For Coaches:
Change Agent
  • Facilitate equitable use of digital learning tools and content that meet the needs of each learner.
Learning Designer
  • Collaborate with educators to design accessible and active digital learning environments that accommodate learner variability.
For Educators:
  • Use technology to create, adapt and personalize learning experiences that foster independent learning and accommodate learner differences and needs.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Participants will be able to identify barriers to learning in a digital environment.

Participants will be able to access and utilize at least 5 accessibility features built into iOS.

Participants will be able to describe and match accessibility features to student needs.

This session will utilize iOS devices and participants will be encouraged to utilize their own iPad or iPhone to explore the accessibility features.


5 min- Introduction

10 min- Lecture- Barriers to learning in a digital environment

5 min- Digital Game- Identifying Accessibility features on an iOS device

35 min- Demonstration and Individual Exploration- Each accessibility feature will be demonstrated and projected for participants to view. Participants will be encouraged to get hands-on with their own devices to try each feature as we discuss them.

10 min- Active Learning- Participants will be challenged to complete an activity utilizing the accessibility features. For example, one challenge may be to listen to audio descriptions (participants must navigate to the accessibility menu and toggle on audio descriptions within the menus), or they must navigate to a site and send a message without touching their device (must turn on voice control and use their voice to complete the task).

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Cassie Frost, Disruptive Teaching, LLC
ISTE Certified Educator

Cassie Frost, M.S.Ed, ATP has been in the special education field for fifteen years, specializing in utilizing technology with students who struggle with emotional and behavioral disabilities, autism, and behaviors resulting from intellectual or learning disabilities. Cassie is a member of the WI Assistive Technology Advisory Council, the President-Elect of the Wisconsin Council for Exceptional Children, and an ISTE certified educator. She enjoys working with others to find ways for all students to succeed. She presents at the regional and national level, including Closing the Gap, ATIA, and ISTE on technologies that enable access and engagement for students.