Accessibility Features You May Already Have

You may have heard that the Denver Public Library has many adaptive technologies available for customers, but did you know that many computers and mobile devices come with assistive features included?

Apple Products:

Apple wants to empower everyone with their technology and offers the following tools to help in these areas:

  • Vision: VoiceOver to describe what's happening on your screen, the ability to adjust displays, Magnifier to increase the size of anything you can point your iPad or iPhone at, and Zoom, a built-in screen magnifier.
  • Hearing: Live Listen allows you to use your iPhone or iPad to amplify conversations, FaceTime for video chat, closed captioning on any Apple device, and typing commands for Siri.
  • Physical and Motor Skills: Switch Control allows you to interact with your device without having to touch it, AssistiveTouch for customized gestures, and Accessibility Keyboard for using your device without a physical keyboard.
  • Learning and Literacy: Speak Screen reads text aloud from books, web pages or email, Guided Access limits use for those with attention and sensory challenges, and Safari Reader reduces visual clutter when navigating the web.
  • Browse accessibility features for your iPad, iPhone, Watch, TV, Mac, or HomePod.

Firefox Accessibility Features:

Firefox offers many accessibility features to make web content work for all users including:

Google Accessibility:

Google is committed to making accessibility a priority and has the following features:

  • Android devices include TalkBack to interact using touch and spoken feedback, and Select to Speak to hear items read or described. They also have font and magnification settings, voice access and the ability to use a Braille display with BrailleBack.
  • Chrome Browser offers accessibility extensions for contrast, keyboard navigation and more, as well as the ability to use TalkBack to browse the web.
  • Chromebook has many accessibility features that can be turned on including text-to-speech, display and audio settings.

Microsoft Accessibility:

Microsoft has many accessibility tools built into their products. They offer guides on using these features to help in these areas:

  • Vision: Narrator that reads text on your screen, Magnifier to enlarge your screen, and high contrast settings
  • Hearing: mono audio, closed captioning, and visual cues
  • Neurodiversity: Focus Assist to block distractions, reading view to clear distracting content, and Fluent Fonts for less visual crowding
  • Learning: tools for comprehension and reading
  • Mobility: Dictate to convert speech to text, and keyboard shortcuts
  • Mental Health: Focus Assist and the ability to reduce background images and animations
Written by on September 5, 2018


SM on September 5, 2018


Helpful information. Thank you.