This is an excerpt video of the Udemy Course Accessibility Features of iOS for the iPad and iPhone. The course is available online for free at:
This course will cover the all of the iOS accessibility features up to iOS 6 for both the iPhone and iPad. The course with go in depth into 3 key accessibility features; VoiceOver, AssistiveTouch and GuidedAccess
Hearing Features: The first hearing feature that we’re going to discuss is FaceTime. FaceTime is a video conferencing system that can be used throughout the iOS and Mac OS environment. What that means is you can video conference between two iPads, you can FaceTime between two iPads, you can FaceTime between an iPhone and an iPad. You can FaceTime between an iPad and a Mac desktop.
There are other software out there that is non-FaceTime related that will allow you to do it across PCs as well. I can think of Skype as an example. FaceTime is built into the system. It’s very well-supported.
For those with hearing impairments, it allows you to lip read. There are also services that will convert to text, as well. One user can use FaceTime, and the other one can use a braille display. That’s very functional. As a side note, on a non-hearing related special needs issue, we use FaceTime with my son, because of his autism.
Looking straight in the eye and interacting with people’s faces is kind of difficult for him, and so we get on with his grandparents’, and he gets to interact with his grandparents and have good social interaction using FaceTime. His grandparents, it’s kind of a treat, they live out of state, and so it’s a treat for everybody.
FaceTime is a great way to just promote social interaction in general. And then specifically for the hearing impaired, it has a number of features built in.