Monday, April 27, 2020

Personal Power; The iOS Edition

Hello everyone. I'm very happy to announce that after three and a half years of writing, it's finally ready for release. Personal Power; The iOS Edition is a guide for blind people who either own or are interested in using iOS devices made by Apple. Namely, iPHONEs, iPAds and iPODs. No prior experience is presumed. I've written this guide to be as approachable to absolute beginners as possible. Clocking in at around 250000 words, it has thirty-four major sections with second and third level subsections to ease navigation. There is also an interactive table of contents. The guide is not a manual so much as it is a travel guide. I wanted to impart the skills you'll need to thrive in the iOS ecosystem. However, I felt that it was even more important to help newcomers explore the possibilities of what they might do with an iOS device. As with my prior Personal Power guide, I approach this from the perspective of personal life enrichment rather than employment. I think that finding ways to enjoy using iOS devices is vital if one seeks to become competent. As with the prior Personal Power guide, this one too is released free of charge. People may not alter the text other than to make the document more accessible to those with disabilities. I'd appreciate any such efforts. Making the guide available as a DAISY book or in Braille would doubtless be of help to people. I encourage people to distribute this guide to whoever they think might find it useful. They are also free to post it in libraries or elsewhere on the Internet. Below is the ling to a Dropbox folder which contains versions in PDF, Epub, Microsoft Word and Richtext:


  1. I would like assistance and how to download this manual so I can listen to it on my phone. When I downloaded it as a PDF, I can’t get the voiceover to read it to me unless when it does work then I can’t get the Pages to swipe. That may not make sense but it’s one reason why I need the manual.

    1. I recommend you download the epub version. You can read it on the computer or in an app like Voice Dream Reader. It works in the Books app also. When you have it opened, use the ""share" option and go into "more" Once there, use the "copy to Voice Dream REader option or a similar one for whichever app you prefer to read the guide in. Hope this helps.

  2. what a fantastic resource! thank you Michael

  3. Well done! Especially for giving information on Apps and the structure is good in Word.