This is a computer accessibility awareness page, to help share information about computer accessibility.
Many people have different computer accessibility requirements. If you have any specific accessibility needs, devices, tools, software, or tips and tricks you can recommend for others, please forward them to me, or leave a comment, and I'll add them to this page. Thanks.
Expanded Microsoft Accessibility Website
GazeSpeak app for people with ALS
There's a new communication app on its way (for iOS) called GazeSpeak, which will be presented by Microsoft at the Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems in Colorado in May, 2017. GazeSpeak, developed by Xiaoyi Zhang while interning at Microsoft, is a way for people to communicate by choosing letters and words using just their eyes. This new app could prove itself invaluable for people with ALS, also known as Motor Neurone Disease. See the full source of this news here.
Windows 10 Accessibility
For those people using Windows 10, the free Windows 10 Anniversary Update released back in August 2016 included some accessibility improvements. Here's a quick video about that.
You can also see the Microsoft Accessibility Blog for more details.
Microsoft Edge Improvements
With the latest improvements in the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, Microsoft's Edge web browser gets a perfect score on HTML5Accessibility's browser benchmark.
Accessibility Tools / Apps
Here are a few common 3rd party tools available to aid in computer accessibility.
To make life easier, there are many keyboard shortcuts you can use in Windows 10. Click the following image for the Keyboard shortcuts page.
Click here for the Keyboard Shortcuts (text only page)
Here are some accessibility links at Microsoft.com
- Disability Answer Desk
- Microsoft Accessibility Home
- Accessibility in Windows 10
- Vision Impairments
- Dexterity and Mobility Impairments
- Hearing Impairments
- Learning Impairments
- Language and Communication Impairments
- Age-Related Impairments
- Accessibility Guide for Educators
- Guide for Businesses and Government Organizations
- Microsoft Accessibility Blog
- Use Magnifier to see items on the screen
- Use text or visual alternative to sounds
- Use the On-Screen Keyboard (OSK) to type
- Using Keyboard shortcuts
- Hear text read aloud with Narrator
- Make your PC easier to use with Ease of Access Settings
- Save time with keyboard shortcuts
- Use Speech Recognition to control your PC
- Microsoft Edge Team - Accessibilty (Blog)
Here are some accessibility links at Apple.com
- Accessibility - iOS
- Accessibility - iOS - Braille Displays
- Accessibility - OS X
- Accessibility - OS X - Braille Displays
- Accessibility - Watch OS
- Accessibility - Resources
Accessible Page Testing Tools
If you'd like to test your web pages' accessibility, here are some of the tools available.
- Accessibility Valet
- W3C Validator (Markup)
- NVDA Screen Reader (Free)
Here are a few organizations working hard in the area of accessibility. Be sure to recommend more organizations and provide links.
Computer Accessibility Videos
Here are some computer accessibility related videos on YouTube. Feel free to submit any videos you recommend.
Blind or Low Vision
Spinal Cord Injury
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