Low-cost Apps and Programs for Accessibility

Computers and other devices have accessibility features available as settings within their operating systems. There are also programs and apps that can be installed that add additional features for accessibility.

Accessibility features can include visual, tactile or auditory feedback from a device to aid in use. There are settings to help with readability such as font sizes or colors or how a cursor appears.

Computers

The links below are to accessibility summaries and tutorials for the main operating systems of common computers and devices:

Mac Accessibility:

https://www.apple.com/accessibility/osx/

Using Mac OS to read documents:


PC Accessibility:

http://www.microsoft.com/enable/

Tutorials for accessibility features for all Microsoft operating systems and Office products:

 http://www.microsoft.com/enable/products/ie6/

Other Programs and Apps:

NaturalReader. Free text-to-speech program for Windows or Mac. (Limited version, free).

Dragon NaturallySpeaking isn't free or low-cost, but it is the premier voice recognition software in the world. Below is a link to YouTube training on how to use Dragon effectively for word-procesing, e-mail, etc.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_NF293Dm10CWLNcyBlNGsw

iOS Accessibility (iPhone/iPad):

https://www.apple.com/accessibility/ios/

Summary of iOS accessibility features and how to activate and deactivate them:
http://etc.usf.edu/techease/4all/mobile-devices/introduction-to-ios-accessibility-features/#accessvid

Android:

https://support.google.com/accessibility/android/answer/6006564?hl=en&ref_topic=6007234

Explanation of how to activate and deactivate Android accessibility features:
https://support.google.com/accessibility/android/answer/6006598?hl=en

Sources for accessible reading materials

Learning Ally.  Provides low-cost and free accessible reading materials in various formats to qualified members. SAS students can contact us for more information about Learning Ally.

Bookshare.org. Provides low-cost and free accessible reading materials in various formats to qualified members. SAS students can contact us for more information about Bookshare.org.

Note: SAS and Brown University is providing this information as a courtesy only. Use all programs and apps at your own discrection and risk.