Apple technology plays an integral role in enabling individuals with Special Education Needs (SEN) to learn in a way that is tailored for them.

Apple technology breaks down barriers and enables individuals with SEN to learn in a way that is tailored to work for them. A combination of multimedia materials; animation with narration, to images with text imbedded, are providing a multitude of benefits. These less formal ways of working and conversational learning are proving effective not just in the SEN space, but in mainstream education via interactive learning methodologies. This helps integrate those with SEN into the classroom.

Apple devices have built in iOS features and apps that can assist in SEN learning to suit the individual needs of the child. Providing a platform on which they can excel in communication, engage in learning and progress continuously by finding new ways that the technology can offer rich learning experiences.

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Voiceover: VoiceOver is a built- in app which allows students with visual impairments to listen to their device, navigating without assistance and to work through assignments. Students who have visual impairments can benefit from hearing a description of everything that is happening on their screen. This would be particularly beneficial in literature classes where students are required to read long paragraphs of content.

Magnifier: It uses the camera on iPad to increase the size of anything a student or teacher points it at, so details can be seen more clearly. This means that no child in the classroom has to fall behind when following content, or struggle to read the text that is on their screens. They can read at their own pace, be stress-free about being able to see what’s in front of them and take in information more easily.


FaceTime: FaceTime allows deaf pupils to communicate with people both inside and outside of the classroom. They can see every gesture and facial expression, and is the best feature on iPad to use sign language as a communication tool. FaceTime is an app installed in every Apple device including Mac, iPhone, iPad and iPod – so there are no limitations in communicating with others through the use of FaceTime.

Live Listen: This is the perfect feature for pupils sitting in a noisy classroom. Live Listen lets them fine-tune their Made for iPhone hearing aids and AirPods to help them hear more clearly during classes. For quieter one on one conversations, they can move their iPhone or iPad closer to the people who are speaking and the built-in microphone will amplify what they’re saying.

Physical & Motor Skills

Voice Control: Voice Control opens up an intuitive new way to navigate iOS, iPadOS and macOS — using only voice. Improved dictation and richer text-editing features can help pupils write more efficiently, while simple vocal commands let them quickly open and interact with apps. This will give them ease that they are not falling behind in following instructions, and can navigate through the various lesson apps.

Switch Control: Switch Control is assistive technology that lets pupils use built-in features as well as switches, a joystick or other adaptive devices to control what’s on their screen. This means that they can fully interact with your iPhone, iPad, Mac or Apple TV without touching it.

Literacy & Learning

Safari Reader: For some students, navigating the web on iPad, iPhone or Mac can be sensory overload. Safari Reader reduces the visual clutter. It strips away ads, buttons and navigation bars, allowing them to focus on just the content they need to. And on Mac, they can choose to use Reader automatically on websites where it’s available.

Speak Screen: With Speak Screen, a reading experience can be a listening experience. If it’s easier for the pupil to read while hearing the words spoken aloud, Speak Screen can read text from newspapers, books, web pages or email on an iPhone or iPad.


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