Everyone has the right to access the internet. It is now a primary way to get and share information and has become essential for many areas of life.
People with disabilities often face barriers to accessing the internet, whether it is the cost or the physical access to using devices. Finding the right assistive technology tools to use with computers and mobile devices (such as adaptive keyboards or learning how to use accessibility software or settings) can be challenging.
This webpage was created as part of an iPad distribution program for people with disabilities through Federal CARES Act Funding approved by the Portland City Council in 2020. We hope this webpage is helpful to those who received those iPads but also to anyone wanting to learn how to set-up their own technology at home in the most accessible way.
To learn how to set up an iPad and use many features, click these links:
For another resource on iPad accessibility, check out iAccessibility.com. They have over 100 videos about iPad features. Each video is closed caption and includes a sign language interpreter.
Acknowledgment and Credit to:
Apple Support online at support.apple.com. Much of the content in the iPad Orientation Guide is based on the work of Apple Support.
The City of Portland and the CARES Act Project supported through the CARES Act Local Relief Funds Ordinance, approved by the Portland City Council in response to the impact of COVID-19 on frontline communities. This fund paid for iPads, assistive technology, distribution, and training to hundreds of Portlanders. Special thanks to the COVID-19 response Digital Divide Work Group and all of their efforts.