iOS 10 Edition Released

Posted October 21, 2016 By Shelly

I’m pleased to announce the release of iOS Access for All: Your Comprehensive Guide to Accessibility for iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch (iOS 10 edition.) This fully updated edition also features 80 pages of new content. You get full coverage of iOS 10’s new accessibility features, and reorganized guides to iDevice setup, low-vision tools, and VoiceOver speech options, plus a deep dive into updated mainstream features, too. iOS Access for All guides you step-by-step through all the accessibility features of Apple’s iPhone and iPad operating system, and shows you how to turn mainstream features into accessibility wins.

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About the Book

From the VoiceOver screen reader, and support for hearing aids and closed captioning, Apple’s mobile operating system, iOS, includes features that make it easy for people with a wide range of disabilities to use the company’s popular iDevices. iOS Access for All is the most thorough, hands-on guide to iOS accessibility available. Readers will learn how to set up and use an iOS device in an accessible way, and how to get the most from the suite of apps provided by Apple, and the thousands more that are available from the App Store. The book also introduces mainstream iOS tools, including the Siri voice assistant, that weren’t designed for accessibility, but that nonetheless enhance the productivity and pleasure of disabled users. Find lots more info on this site, including a sample chapter, complete table of contents and lots more. Read my Welcome post.

About the Author

Shelly Brisbin is a writer, editor, podcaster, and cocktail enthusiast. Her career in tech journalism spans 25 years, 15 books, hundreds of articles for leading tech publications, and several stints on the editorial staffs of leading trade magazines and Web sites. She served as editor-in-chief of Blogger & Podcaster Magazine, networking editor for MacUser Magazine, and an editor for online learning company, Powered, Inc. She currently covers low-vision technology for AccessWorld Magazine. You can hear her talk tech on The Parallel and Maccessibility Roundtable and lots of other podcasts.



Posted March 9, 2016 By Shelly

I really appreciate your stopping by the Web site for iOS Access for All: Your Comprehensive Guide to Accessibility for iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch (iOS 10 edition.) If you want to know what the book is all about, or are trying to decide whether to purchase a copy, here are a few links that should answer most of your questions:

  • Sample Chapter: Download Chapter 5, “Siri and Voice Input.” You’ll learn what’s in the book, my writing style, and how to use Siri, no matter what accessibility needs you have.
  • Table of Contents: Get a detailed look at what’s in each chapter of iOS Access for All (iOS 9 Edition).
  • FAQ: This series of questions and answers is evolving, but you can start here.
  • Download/Reading FAQ: Get tips for successfully downloading your copy of iOS Access for All, and reading it accessibly on the device of your choice.
  • Press: Hear and read what others are saying.
  • Buy the Book: Purchase a copy of the ePub or PDF edition for $20, using PayPal or a credit card. If you would like to purchase multiple copies for your school or agency, please contact sales [at] to discuss a bulk discount.

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iOS 10 Edition Coming This Fall

Posted September 7, 2016 By Shelly

Today, Apple announced a release date for the latest version of iOS. You will be able to update your Apple mobile devices to iOS 10 on September 13. The iOS 10 update for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch offers many new and updated features, including enhancements to the accessibility suite. I’m happy to announce that I will publish an updated edition of iOS Access for All that covers all the new iOS 10 goodies. The update is based on the current edition, but is a completely new book, not an addendum to the earlier version.

iOS Access for All (iOS 10 edition) will be available this fall. Anyone purchasing a copy of the current edition from my Web site between September 7 and the release of the updated book will receive the iOS 10 edition free. When the update is ready, you will receive an email from me, with a download link to the new book.

NOTE: I am not able to offer the free iOS 10 update to folks who purchase the book via the Apple iBooks Store, since Apple does not make it possible for me to know who bought the book after iOS 10’s release. If you prefer iBooks, I suggest you wait to buy the iOS 10 edition. iBooks Store buyers will, however, receive any free minor updates I publish during the life of the book.

As always, thanks for your continued support of iOS Access for All. I’m working hard to make this the best, most comprehensive guide to iOS accessibility you can get. I appreciate your patience, as I complete the writing and editing process.