Tips for educators who are blind or visually impaired

The app is designed for iPad, iPod Touch and iPhone, and is in Landscape mode (Home button on the left or right).
The landing page of Ballyland Rotor is fully accessible for users of VoiceOver and provides instructions.
It is followed by a one minute, VoiceOver accessible tutorial video, which demonstrates a number of alternative ways to do the Rotor gesture. You can choose to view or skip and start the game. To start the tutorial video, leave Voice Over on, do a one finger flick right to move to the Start Video button and double tap to start the video. When the video is finished, select the DONE button in the video player and double tap to return to the instructions.
Before starting the game, you will be instructed to turn off VoiceOver and benefit from the self-voicing features of the app. Spoken instructions will guide you and the child through the app. The additional short on-screen instructions can be accessed and downloaded here.
When you want to leave the app, turn VoiceOver on again, and press the Home button to close the app.
You can use a “cheat” gesture to skip the songs. The gesture is: triple two finger tap. If you want to use this gesture to skip also instructions, please note that you will then need to remember the instructions for each page as they will no longer be spoken. The game on each page generally continues by starting to turn the Rotor.

If you are a blind educator or parent wanting to support a child in learning VoiceOver with Ballyland Rotor app, this excellent audio demo/tutorial 'from a blind person’s perspective', created by accessible technology expert David Woodbridge, will help you on your way.

Short on-screen Instructions

Download ‘Short on-screen instructions’ as an accessible Word document

Page 1: Turn on the Volume. Double tap with one finger to start video tutorial. Three finger flick left to start the game.
Page 2a: Instructions follow after the song.
Page 2b: Turn Rotor to each of the four sounds at least two times. Then three finger flick left to continue.
Page 3a: Turn Rotor to ‘Ballylanders’. Lift fingers to set.
Page 3b: One finger flick down/up to choose Ballylander. Lift finger to set. Three finger flick left to continue.
Page 4a: Turn Rotor to ‘Animals’. Lift fingers to set.
Page 4b: One finger flick down/up to choose Animal. Lift finger to set. Three finger flick left to continue.
Page 5a: Turn Rotor to ‘Weather’. Lift fingers to set.
Page 5b: One finger flick down/up to choose weather condition. Lift finger to set. Three finger flick left to continue.
Page 6a: Turn Rotor to ‘Instruments’. Lift fingers to set.
Page 6b: One finger flick down/up to choose instrument. Lift finger to set. Three finger flick left to continue.
Page 7: After song, three finger flick left to restart game and choose different settings in Rotor to create a new story.

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