There are a number of accessibility features on the iPod touch that can be useful, even if you don't have any special problems. The VoiceOver option, for example, reads to you from the screen, while the Zoom feature can help you see what's on screen better.
One cool feature of the iPod touch is that you can turn on the VoiceOver feature so that the iPod touch will speak anything on the screen - even entire screens of text if you want. It will also tell you what you tap on, what buttons are selected, and any available options. You can even get it to read you an e-mail, text document, or an iBook page.
To enable VoiceOver: Tap the Settings icon. Tap General. Tap Accessibility near the bottom of the page. Tap VoiceOver. Set the VoiceOver switch to On.
Scroll down the VoiceOver screen to see more settings. Adjust whether hints are spoken by changing the setting for Speak Hints. When you type with VoiceOver, by default every character you type will be spoken. You can change this by tapping Typing Feedback and then, on the next screen, you can set feedback to Characters, Words, Characters and Words, or Nothing.
On this setting screen, you can also adjust the Speaking Rate by sliding the bar. You can specify whether Phonetics and Pitch Change are used by setting the switches.
To have VoiceOver read you an entire page in the Notes or iBooks app, tap the bottom and top of the block of text on the screen simultaneously. If you tap in the text with just one finger, only a single line will be read.
It's a good idea to turn on the Zoom feature if you find that the text, icons, buttons, or anything on the screen is too hard to see. With Zoom turned on, you can enlarge the entire screen to almost twice its normal size. Everything is much easier to read.
To enable Zoom: Tap the Settings icon. Tap General. Tap Accessibility. Tap Zoom. Set the switch next to Zoom to On. Like VoiceOver, Zoom uses the three-fingered gestures. Be sure to take note of them before you leave the screen.
If the contrast and colors are difficult to see, you might want to turn on the White on Black setting. To change this setting: Get into the Accessibility screen in the Settings app, as shown previously. Set the White on Black switch to On. With this setting On, everything that was light on the screen becomes black, and everything that was dark or black becomes white.
You can really expand the size of the font in Contacts, Mail, Messages, and Notes using the Large Text feature.
Tap the Settings icon. Tap General.. Tap Accessibility near the bottom of the page (you need to swipe down). Tap Large Text. You will then see a screen of font size options: Off, 20pt text, 24pt, 32pt, 40pt, 48pt and 56pt text. Tap the size you want to use. Tap the Accessibility button in the upper left corner to return to the previous screen, then tap the Home button to exit Settings.
You can set a triple-click of the Home button to do various things related to Accessibility. Get into the Accessibility screen in the Settings app. Tap Triple-click the Home Button near the bottom of the page. Choose from Off, Toggle VoiceOver, Toggle White on Black, or Ask.
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