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Speaking of Apps

Guided Access: What is It?

Published July 18, 2012 10:27 AM by Jeremy Legaspi

This past weekend I co-presented on Apps for Apraxia and other Special Needs at The Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association of North America (CASANA). When I discussed AAC apps a lot of the parent's gripes were about children exiting their communication app and wanting to watch YouTube or play a game. I mentioned that Guided Access will be a new feature in Apple's iOS6 releasing this fall but most parents and professional hadn't heard of it yet. 

Guided Access will be an addition to the accessibility features. It allows you to limit an iOS device to one app by disabling the Home button.You can also limit touch input to any area of the screen you choose. When limiting touch input it essentially looks like you are cropping different sections of the screen off. Once the areas are selected you enable Guided Access and now the child will be restricted from accessing settings, accessing in app purchases, etc...  This will all be controlled buy a user created password and by triple clicking the home button.

Check out the following links for more info on Guided Access:


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