Accessible devices

Mobile phones built with accessibility in mind

Many mobile phones come with built-in, and often very advanced, features that can make them easier to use for people with disabilities. Explore the full range of accessible features and devices.


 

Visual accessibility features

Vision

Choose from a variety of visual accessibility features designed to help the blind or visually impaired stay connected. Many can be adjusted to solve very specific vision challenges.

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Mobility accessibility features

Mobility and dexterity

Choose a phone with built-in features or add-ons that help people with mobility and motor or physical challenges operate the phone and use it the way they want.

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Cognitive accessibility features

Learning, remembering and reading

A cognitive disability can make it more difficult to perform certain tasks, such as remembering phone numbers or navigating an unfamiliar phone. Some phones have features that are particularly helpful for people with cognitive challenges.

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Hearing/speech accessibility features

Hearing and speech

Phones that work seamlessly with the assistive devices or software you already use can make a huge difference to how you communicate.

Alternative and augmentative communication (AAC) support

Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC) software helps people who have hearing and speech challenges communicate through texts, emails and other messages using their phone.

Note: Phones may contain features and apps that don’t work with AAC.

Teletypewriter support

A teletypewriter (TTY) is a device that lets someone type a message and send it electronically to a phone or other device with a screen that lets the recipient read it and respond. It is widely used by the deaf and hard of hearing, which makes the ability to connect it to your phone an important feature.

Video calling and messaging

Advances in mobile video technology, such as Facetime, Google Hangouts and Skype, means that many phones support two-way audio and visual communication via video. This allows people with hearing and speech challenges to use sign language for example.

Hearing aid compatibility

Some hearing aid compatible (HAC) mobile phones will work with hearing aids that support the telephone switch (T-switch) feature. A T-switch is built into hearing aids with a telecoil, a small wire that acts as an antenna, to enable the user to switch it on and off.

HAC phones have M- and T-ratings. The M-rating shows how well the mobile phone works with a hearing aid in microphone mode. The T-rating shows how it works in telecoil mode. Phones that support a T-switch must have an M- or T-rating of three or four.

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