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Step-by-Step Instructions

Set Up Instructions

In order for your iPad and refreshable braille display to work correctly, you will need to turn VoiceOver on in your iPad. The following instructions will allow you to set your iPad to quickly turn VoiceOver on and off at any time, without the need to navigate to the Settings app.

1) Open the Settings app on your iPad

2) Navigate down and select General

3) Navigate down and select Accessibility

4) Navigate to the bottom of the page and select Accessibility Shortcut

5) Be sure that VoiceOver is checked in the list provided

Once VoiceOver is checked, you will be able to turn VoiceOver on and off simply by triple-clicking the home button on the iPad. This will make it quicker and easier to pair your iPad and braille display.

The iBraille Challenge app only works when the iPad is connected to the internet via a WiFi network.  The following instructions will allow you to connect your iPad to your local Wifi network easily. Once connected, your iPad will link to the wifi network automatically, so you should only have to do this exercise once.

1) Open the Settings app on your iPad

2) Navigate down and select Wi-Fi

3) Navigate down to the header Choose a Network

4) Locate and select the Wi-Fi network that you want to use

5) If this is a secure Wi-Fi network, you will be asked for a password

6) Once connected to this Wi-Fi network, your iPad will recognize it in the future and automatically log in

1) Make sure that your refreshable braille display and iPad are fully charged

2) Open the Settings app on your iPad

3) Navigate down to the Bluetooth button and make sure the Bluetooth is turned on

4) Navigate down and select the General button

5) Once you’ve selected General, navigate to Accessibility

6) Navigate down to VoiceOver

7) Navigate down and select Braille

8) On the Braille page, find and select the Braille display from the list of available displays shown

9) If this is your first time pairing your iPad with this braille display, you may be asked to provide a 4 digit passcode. Depending on the brand of braille display, this code will either be: 0000 or 1234

10) When the braille display and iPad are connected, you should hear a beep

11) You will need to turn VoiceOver ON in order to complete the connection between the braille display and the iPad – you can do so by triple-clicking the home button (as described above)

UEB Braille Settings (Mandatory)

The iBraille App was designed to be used with UEB (Universal English Braille code). This is a mandatory setting.

1) Open the Settings app

2) Navigate down and select General

3) Navigate down and select Accessibility

4) Navigate down and select VoiceOver

5) Navigate down and select Braille Code

6) Select English (Unified)

Notifications (Optional)

Temporarily disable your notifications while using the iBraille Challenge app. When notifications are enabled, pop-up notifications will appear on the screen and will be announced by VoiceOver while you’re trying to take a test. For best results, we recommend that you temporarily turn notifications off by either selecting the Do Not Disturb setting in the Control Center, or by following these quick instructions:

1) Open the Settings app

2) Navigate down and select Notifications

3) Under Show Previews, select Never

Auto-Lock (Optional)

In order to conserve battery life, the iPad is designed to shut itself down when it has been idle for a specific amount of time. Often times, if you are reading a passage, the iPad will go to sleep if your reading time exceeds the idle time. You can turn off the auto-lock (sleep mode) or extend it by doing the following:

1) Open the Settings app

2) Navigate down and select Display and Brightness

3) Navigate down and select Auto-Lock

4) Set the Auto-Lock time to either 15 minutes, or Never (15 minutes will allow the app to sit idle for 15 minutes before going to sleep, selecting Never will disable the auto-lock (sleep) feature).

Note: if you choose Never, you will need to remember to turn the iPad off manually in order to conserve battery life.

Disable Onscreen Keyboard (Optional)

For best results, we recommend that you disable the onscreen keyboard when using the iBraille Challenge app with a refreshable braille display.

1) Open the Settings app

2) Navigate down and select General

3) Navigate down and select Accessibility

4) Navigate down and select VoiceOver

5) Navigate down and select Braille

6) Be sure that Show Onscreen Keyboard is turned off

Typing Feedback (Optional)

For best results, we recommend that you turn the keyboard feedback to announce each character and word as you input into the app via the braille display keyboard. (Optional)

1) Open the Settings app

2) Navigate down and select General

3) Navigate down and select Accessibility

4) Navigate down and select VoiceOver

5) Navigate down and select Typing Feedback

6) Under Hardware Keyboards, select Characters and Words

Test Instructions

The Reading Comprehension tests should be taken with the braille settings (in the iPad) set to contracted braille.

From the Test Center page, navigate down to Reading Comprehension and select it. Then, select the first test from the list of test options – tests must be taken in order that they appear in this list. Once you have selected a test, you will be presented with a simple set of instructions.

When you are ready to begin, navigate down to the Begin button at the bottom of the page and select it. An audio prompt will tell you when the test has begun. The audio of the device will mute automatically. Read the passage presented as thoroughly as possible. When you have completed the passage, navigate down to, and select the Continue button to advance to the multiple choice questions.

You will be presented with a series of multiple-choice questions. Read the question and select from the list of options presented that best answers the question (A, B, C or D). If you need to review the reading passage, you may navigate down to the Review Passage button to call up the passage for review. When you dismiss the passage, you can answer the question. After you answer the question, navigate down to the Next button to advance to the next question. If you cannot answer the question, you can skip it by navigating down to the Skip button. Doing so will mark the answer as incorrect.  

When you complete the multiple choice questions, you will land on the results page where you will hear an audible prompt letting you know that you have completed the test. You can review your reading time, review your test answers and submit your test data to the database. You can also choose to email yourself a copy of your answer data for your records.

The Spelling tests should be taken with the braille settings (in the iPad) set to contracted braille.

From the Test Center, navigate down and select Spelling test button. Then, select the first test from the list of test options – tests must be taken in order that they appear in this list. Once you have selected a test, you will be presented with a simple set of instructions.

When you are ready to begin, navigate down to the Begin button at the bottom of the page and select it. An audio prompt will tell you when the test has begun. Each test contains forty (40) spelling words. You will hear the word announced, then used in a sentence. When the spelling word audio prompt is finished, you will have the opportunity to type the word into the text field using your braille display. If you need to hear the spelling word again, you can navigate down to the Replay button to replay the audio. When you have finished brailling the word, navigate down to the Continue button to advance to the next spelling word. You may also select the Skip button if you cannot complete a word. In this case the answer will be counted as incorrect, but you will advance to the next word.

When you complete the spelling test, you will land on the results page where you will hear an audible prompt letting you know that you have completed the test. You can review your time, review your test answers and submit your test data to the database. You can also choose to email yourself a copy of your answer data for your records.

The Speed & Accuracy tests should be taken with the braille settings (in the iPad) set to 8-dot Uncontracted braille.

From the Test Center, navigate down and select Speed & Accuracy button. From the test selection page, select the first test from the list of test options – tests must be taken in order that they appear in this list. Once you have selected a test, you will be presented with a simple set of instructions.

When you are ready to begin, navigate down to the Begin button at the bottom of the page and select it. An audio prompt will tell you when the test has begun. Each test contains three Speed & Accuracy prompts. You will hear the word, phrase or sentence announced. When the prompt is finished, you will have the opportunity to type the word, phrase or sentence into the text field using your braille display. If you need to hear the prompt again, you can navigate down to the Replay button to replay the audio. When you have finished brailling the word, phrase or sentence, navigate down to the Next button to advance to the next prompt word. You may also select the Skip button if you cannot complete a word. In this case the answer will be counted as incorrect, but you will advance to the next word.

When you complete the Speed & Accuracy test, you will land on the results page where you will hear an audible prompt letting you know that you have completed the test. You can review your time, review your test answers and submit your test data to the database. You can also choose to email yourself a copy of your answer data for your records.

The Proofreading tests should be taken with the braille settings (in the iPad) set to 8-dot Uncontracted braille.

From the Test Center, navigate down and select Proofreading button. From the test selection page, select the first test from the list of test options – tests must be taken in order that they appear in this list. Once you have selected a test, you will be presented with a simple set of instructions.

When you are ready to begin, navigate down to the Begin button at the bottom of the page and select it. An audio prompt will tell you when the test has begun. Each test contains ten multiple choice Speed & Accuracy questions. You will be presented with a series of multiple choice questions. Read the question and select from the list of options presented that best answers the question (A, B, C or D). Make your selection by finding the best answer and selecting it using the cursor router buttons. After you answer the question, navigate down to the Next button to advance to the next question. If you cannot answer the question, you can skip it by navigating down to the Skip button. Doing so will mark the answer as incorrect.

When you complete the multiple choice questions, you will land on the results page where you will hear an audible prompt letting you know that you have completed the test. You can review your reading time, review your test answers and submit your test data to the database. You can also choose to email yourself a copy of your answer data for your records.

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