The below guides and information will help a visually impaired individual learn more about their iPhone and iPad. Each item covers a specific function, app, or recommendations to help one adopt these devices into their lives.
The Technology Association for Veterans with Visual Impairments (TAVVI) either wrote or compiled these reference materials with the goal of helping all those with blindness harass the full potential of the iPhone or iPad. These documents form the backbone of our training events at the BVA National Convention to the monthly Blind Vet Tech iOS Training Teleconference.
Special thanks goes out to the VA’s Central Blind Rehabilitation Center for providing their training handouts for Veterans. Secondly, a I wish to thank those who helped write and review these documents. Finally, I wish to thank Terry who place the Voiceye tags on each of these documents.
With any further ado, here are the links to the documents.
App Recommendation List
Learning to Use iOS and Siri
- The VA’s Central Blind Rehabilitation Center’s iPhone Guide with VoiceOver
- The VA Central Blind Rehabilitation Center’s Guide for iPad with Zoom
- iOS Guide for Siri and Dictation
Office and Productivity
GPS and Navigation
Recognizing and Identification
- iOS Guide for Cam Find
- iOS Guide for Eye Note
- iOS Guide for LookTel Money Reader
- iOS Guide for Seeing Assistant Home
- iOS Guide for NLS BARD
- iOS Guide for iBlink Radio
- iOS Guide for Music and iTunes
- iOS Guide for NFB NEWSLINE
- iOS Guide for FaceTime
- iOS Guide for Skype
- iOS Guide for Tweeting Through Twitter and Twitterrific
- iOS Guide for Facebook
iOS 8 Related
With iOS 8 available, numerous new features and bugs have appeared. The next set of links will explain some of these items.
Resources for Further Information
The below websites provides a much more in-depth look at features, apps, and advice for learning to use the iPhone and iPad for the visually impaired:
- Voice Over Easy
- iMore’s How to Use Accessibility on the iPhone and iPad Ultimate Guide
- Apple Vis
- How To Be Blind
- Triple Click Home
- Fedora Outlier
- Hadley’s iFocus Youtube Channel
Ultimately, the best way to learn your devices is to use them. Its common to hear that someone is afraid or uncertain about tech. The only way to overcome this is to venture into the unknown.