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2017 Reading, Literacy & Learning Virtual Conference

T7 - Lock and Key: Securing iPad Accessibility With Third-Party Keyboards

Nov 9, 2017 10:00am ‐ Nov 9, 2017 11:00am

Standard: $20.00


With each new release of its iOS operating system, Apple has improved the built-in accessibility features of the iPad. Students with dyslexia can take advantage of built-in tools like dictation and text-to-speech. In addition, iOS allows for the installation of third-party onscreen keyboards, increasing the amount of assistive technology that can be used universally with apps that involve reading and writing. First, this presentation reviews how alternate onscreen keyboards are installed and used on iPads. Then, a number of specific keyboards are discussed, including Read&Write for iPad, Co:Writer Universal, Dyslexia Keyboard, and Phraseboard Keyboard.

Learning Outcomes:

  • TECHNOLOGY: Access potential applications of language based technology for direct instruction and/or accommodation for students with dyslexia and other language learning disabilities.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Evaluate the different multimedia learning tools and show practical applications of these tools in professional development and teacher training.

Disclosure: Jamie Martin has no relevant financial or nonfinancial relationships to disclose.


  • Jamie Martin, B.A., Assistive Technology Specialist / Director of Assistive and Instructional Technology, AT Solutions for Dyslexia

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