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Perhaps you are currently dealing with a disability, such as low vision or chronic pain, and needing daily assistance can make you feel like a burden. Or maybe you broke your arm and now find it difficult to use your phone or computer the same way as before.
Fortunately, iPhone was designed with accessibility in mind, so you don’t have to slow down despite your limitations. In fact, this little device could offer more freedom and independence than you ever imagined! Here are some revolutionary features that can make iPhone your personal assistant in life.
Are you having trouble setting up accessibility features because chronic pain keeps you from tapping the screen? Or are these tools new to you and you wish you had the experience to start implementing them?
The good news is that Apple has a variety of avenues to try. Under the “Settings” app on the home screen, there is a tab titled “Accessibility”. From here you can personalize your iPhone.
If you have low vision or have trouble activating these features yourself, Apple has a 24/7 support line, or you can give them a call. As long as you can give the Apple representative the passcode needed to share your device’s screen, they can walk you through the process. Alternatively, you can go to your local Apple store, where a staff member can help you in person.
Regardless of your disability, there are plenty of ways to implement the accessibility features of your iPhone.
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Rely only on your hearing
The transition to the iPhone can be scary if you rely on prominent pimples that you can feel under your fingers. Vocal functions can also be anxiety-provoking, as they may seem too complex to be useful.
However, digital assistants have come a long way over the years. While you might be familiar with Siri, you might not realize how much she can do when your vision is impaired. Siri works with tons of apps from the App Store, including visually impaired apps like Money Reader.
Maybe you are tired of constantly asking people, “Hey, is that a dollar? With Money Reader, Siri can identify all of your bills. Siri also works with apps that take photos, enlarge images, and send emails. There are apps available for every type of disability, many of which are Siri compatible. Check the App Store to find the ones that keep you most efficient.
Customization according to your handicap
If it is difficult to use your fingers or arms, the cluttered buttons and links on your smartphone are probably too small and sensitive for you. You might be happy to learn that the controls on your iPhone can be completely customized to suit your physical and motor skills.
Let’s say you try to activate the number “three” on your keyboard using the AssistiveTouch feature. If you have shaky hands, you might prefer to use the one-touch option. That way, the moment you take your finger off the number “three,” it selects three. Alternatively, if you have big fingers that require you to press the ‘two’ and ‘three’ simultaneously, you can tell AssistiveTouch to respond to only a double tap instead.
Maybe you don’t have any mobility in your hands, but you have good mobility in your head and neck. The iPhone offers another cool feature called SwitchContol, which can create switches based on your left and right head movements. With these iPhone controls, you can fully use iPhone with confidence, even contacting friends and colleagues without much hassle.
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Find your focus
When searching the web, do you find it difficult to focus on the task at hand? Are loaded web pages too distracting when associated with your dementia?
Fortunately, the iPhone has options that may grab your attention. If it is easier to listen than to read, Speak Selection will read the highlighted text aloud. You can also use Speak Screen, which will read an entire news article with a simple swipe.
You might like to read, but the flashing pop-up ads are too stimulating and exhausting. In that case, try Safari Reader, which displays text without all the extra noise. Now you can quietly read articles and text at your leisure.
Seeing is believing
If you are deaf or hard of hearing, you may be worried about buying specialized devices for simple phone calls. Fortunately, Real Time Text (RTT) is available for the iPhone and can make your life easier.
Want to call a friend and get a message across quickly? With RTT, your friend can see a live transcript of every word you type them. After the call, you can go to your call history to find the full transcripts of your conversations. About messages, do you sometimes miss messages on your device because you can’t hear the notification? With visual alerts, your lock screen will flash brightly to notify you of new messages.
Living with a disability involves many daily challenges. You may be afraid to switch to a new technology, like the iPhone, or be frustrated with your loss of independence. However, the iPhone can be your best ally in maintaining your autonomy. Consider checking out these features for yourself or call Apple. You might be surprised at all the ways you can personalize your smart device without wasting a minute.
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