The Mac operating system includes several assistive technologies designed to make it easier for a person with a disability to use the computer. Whether you have difficulty with your vision, hearing or mobility, the features found under Universal Access in the System Preferences can help you set up your computer to meet your needs.

To switch applications while VoiceOver is running, you can use the operating system’s built-in application switcher or VoiceOver’s Application Chooser menu.

The Text to Speech feature is useful for users who have low vision but do not use a screenreader.

The Caption Panel of VoiceOver lets a sighted person follow what a person who has a visual impairment is doing while he or she works with VoiceOver.

The Hearing pane of the Universal Access window has several options for people with hearing impairments.

To improve the contrast and make it easier to read the contents of the screen, use the Display settings in the Seeing pane of the Universal Access window.

The zoom feature built into Mac OS X can magnify the contents of the screen for low vision users.

One issue of great importance is that of accessibility. School web sites should be easily accessible to a wide range of audiences including persons with disabilities. By following certain guidelines, your school site can be made more accessible: Visual considerations Graphics: Users with visual impairments have specific difficulties that need to be addressed. Screen reading […]

One issue of great importance is that of accessibility. School web sites should be easily accessible to a wide range of audiences including persons with disabilities. By following certain guidelines, your school site can be made more accessible: Visual considerations Graphics:Users with visual impairments have specific difficulties that need to be addressed. Screen reading software […]

Help and “how to” tutorials for Accessibility options using Universal Access in Apple’s Mac OS X and Ease of Access in Microsoft Windows:

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