iPads for Accessibility

The disability service evaluated the mobile learning environment and accessibility aspects of iPads. Students assessed how the devices cope with vision impairment, utilising on-screen enlargement and text to speech software. The assessment extends to how learning resources may be
delivered in a variety of accessible formats.

For blind students there were issues with access to textbooks and the voice over function. Common processes were often complicated and needed to be completed on a computer.

Vision impaired students found the zoom feature enhanced their learning and provided access to materials in a lightweight package that was easier to use and carry around than a laptop.

The Disability Service also utilised an iPad for a Deaf student and found that using Skype for translation offered more access to translation services, as availability in regional towns is very limited.

The use of mobile devices for students with a disability can enhance learning by offering improvements to some areas of their study and interaction with the institution. With continual improvements and additional functionality accessibility functions are expected to continue to improve.

Division of Student Services
Disability Service

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