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iOS Access for All: Your Comprehensive Guide to Accessibility For iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch. By Shelly Brisbin

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iOS Access for All:

Your Comprehensive Guide to Accessibility for iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch
(iOS 15 edition)

iOS Access for All is the most comprehensive guide to the accessibility features of Apple’s mobile devices. From the VoiceOver screen reader, which allows blind users to control an iPhone or iPad, to support for hearing aids and closed captioning, Apple’s mobile operating system, iOS, includes features that support people with a wide range of physical and cognitive disabilities. Readers will learn how to set up and use an iOS device in an accessible way, and how to get the most from apps provided by Apple, and available from the App Store. The book also introduces iOS tools, including the Siri voice assistant, that weren’t designed for accessibility, but that nonetheless enhance productivity and pleasure for disabled users.

The iOS 15 Edition is a fully updated version of the book, covering all of the accessibility features of Apple’s iOS and iPadOS. As usual, this year’s book, the ninth edition, has more pages than its predecesor. You’ll find more tips, tricks, app overviews and recommendations than ever before.

iOS Access for All remains the most comprehensive iOS accessibility resource anywhere!


The book is available in the accessible ePub format, which can be read by a variety of programs for both computers and mobile devices. Details and instructions will be provided with your download.

Table of Contents

Here’s the Table of Contents for iOS Access for All (iOS 15 edition).

  • Introduction
  • Part 1: Getting Started
  • Chapter 1: Accessibility, the Apple Way
  • Apple Revolutionizes Mobile Access
  • Today’s iOS devices, and iOS
  • The Apple Ecosystem
  • Meet iOS Accessibility Features
  • What’s New in iOS 15
  • Chapter 2: Orientation and Quickstart
  • iOS devices 101
  • Parts of iOS
  • Choose How to Set Up iOS
  • Accessibility Quickstart
  • Ready to Dive Deeper?
  • Part 2: The Wide World of iOS Access
  • Chapter 3: Tools for Blind Users: VoiceOver and More
  • Activate iOS and VoiceOver
  • Learn iOS and VoiceOver
  • The Power of the Rotor
  • Text Input Options in iOS
  • Text and the Virtual Keyboard
  • Dictate Text with Siri
  • Enter Text with Handwriting Gestures
  • Braille Screen Input
  • Use an External Keyboard
  • Use a Refreshable Braille Display
  • VoiceOver Recognition
  • Customize VoiceOver Commands and Behavior
  • Speech, Languages, and Audio Routing
  • More iOS Features for Blind Users
  • Live Text
  • People Detection with LIDAR and Magnifier
  • Chapter 4: Low-Vision Access
  • iOS’ Low-Vision Challenges
  • Screen Magnification
  • Enlarge and Enhance Text
  • Color and Contrast
  • Speech As a Low-Vision Tool
  • Quickly Enable Low-Vision Features
  • Bring Objects Closer with Magnifier
  • Mainstream Features with Low-Vision Uses
  • The iOS Camera: Low-Vision Super Hero
  • Chapter 5: Tools for Hearing-Impaired Users
  • Convert Alerts to a Flash or Vibration
  • Control Audio Output from Calls and Apps
  • Sound Recognition
  • Hearing Aid Support
  • Use AirPods with Live Listen
  • RTT/TTY Support
  • Closed Caption Support
  • More Communication Options
  • Chapter 6: Physical and Motor Access
  • Adjust Settings to Accommodate Motor Delays
  • Switch Control
  • AssistiveTouch
  • Voice Control
  • Part 3: Using Your Device and Its Built-In Features
  • Chapter 7: Control and Manage Your Device
  • Manage and Navigate Your Device
  • Search Your Device
  • Navigate with the Item Chooser (VoiceOver Only)
  • Use Context Menus
  • Get Quick Access with Control Center
  • Keep Up-to-Date with Notifications
  • Widgets and Today View
  • Multitasking and the App Switcher
  • Privacy and Security
  • Distraction Management and Device Control
  • Guided Access
  • Chapter 8: Use the iPad and iPadOS
  • Navigating the Home Screen and Dock
  • iPad Multitasking
  • Keyboard and Text Editing
  • Use a Trackpad with iPadOS
  • Connect to Your Mac Computer with Sidecar
  • Chapter 9: Siri and Shortcuts
  • Set Up Siri
  • Use Siri
  • Siri Commands
  • Dictation
  • Shortcuts
  • Part 4: All About Apps
  • Chapter 10: Access to Apple Apps
  • Safari
  • Mail
  • Delete, Move, and Share within Apps
  • Calendar
  • Phone
  • Messages
  • FaceTime
  • Contacts
  • Maps
  • Camera and Photos
  • Notes
  • Reminders
  • Files
  • Music
  • Books
  • News
  • TV
  • App Store and iTunes Store
  • Podcasts
  • The Rest of the Included Apps
  • Chapter 11: The Best of Accessible Apps
  • An Accessible App Primer
  • Guide to App Listings
  • Navigation and Travel
  • Guidance
  • Mapping
  • Public Transportation/Travel
  • Productivity
  • Braille
  • Third-Party Keyboards
  • Data & File Management
  • Scanning
  • Time and Task Management
  • Writing and Note Taking
  • Utilities
  • Reading, News, and Information
  • Books
  • News
  • Safari Extensions
  • Communication & Social Networking
  • Voice Calls and Messaging
  • Social Networking
  • Education
  • Autism
  • Alternative Communications
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Math
  • Reference
  • Language Skill Development
  • Entertainment
  • Action and Arcade Games
  • Board, Card, and Dice Games
  • Story/Fantasy Games vTrivia Games
  • Radio and Podcasts
  • Sports Viewing
  • TV, Video, and Film
  • Lifestyle
  • Food and Drink
  • Health and Fitness
  • Photography
  • Accessibility Tools
  • Blindness
  • Low Vision
  • Hearing Impairment
  • Learn More About Apps
  • Explore App Accessibility on your Own
  • Appendices
  • Appendix A: VoiceOver Gestures
  • Appendix B: VoiceOver Keyboard Commands
  • Appendix C: Braille Commands
  • About the Author

About the Author

Shelly Brisbin is a writer, editor, podcaster, and cocktail enthusiast. Her current project is iOS Access for All (iOS 11 edition), a comprehensive guide to accessibility for Apple’s iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch. She contributes features and reviews to AccessWorld Magazine, and produces podcasts for freelance clients. Shelly’s career in tech journalism spans 25 years, 15 books, hundreds of articles and blog posts for leading tech publications, and several stints on the editorial staffs of leading trade publications and Web sites. She served as editor-in-chief of Blogger & Podcaster Magazine, networking editor for MacUser Magazine, and an editor for online learning company, Powered, Inc. and  two Hoover’s Web sites. Her podcasts include The Parallel, Maccessibility Roundtable, and the award-winning Shelly’s Podcast. When she’s not working, Shelly spends time with her husband and cats in Austin, Texas, watches ancient movies, and reads books, many of which are made of paper.

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