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<span style="font-size:small"><span style="font-family: tahoma,geneva,sans-serif">'''Assistive Technology''' is any item, piece of equipment, product or system, whether acquired commercially, modified, or customized, that is used to increase, maintain, or improve functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities.</span></span>
 
<span style="font-size:small"><span style="font-family: tahoma,geneva,sans-serif">'''Assistive Technology''' is any item, piece of equipment, product or system, whether acquired commercially, modified, or customized, that is used to increase, maintain, or improve functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities.</span></span>
  
<span style="font-size:small"><span style="font-family: tahoma,geneva,sans-serif">The four main categories of disabilities are visual, hearing, mobility, and cognitive. A variety of assistive technology tools are available to assist individuals with disabilities.</span></span>
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<span style="font-size:small"><span style="font-family: tahoma,geneva,sans-serif">The four main categories of disabilities are visual, hearing, mobility, and cognitive. A variety of assistive technology tools are available to assist individuals with disabilities. AccessIT will be using assistive technology products</span></span> to assure the quality and compliance of your webpages.
  
<span style="font-size:small"><span style="font-family: tahoma,geneva,sans-serif">Some of the most commonly used assistive technology tools are:</span></span>
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<span style="font-size:small"><span style="font-family: tahoma,geneva,sans-serif">How the end users access your websites, documents, media may include these technologies:</span></span>
  
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*<span style="font-size:small"><span style="font-family: tahoma,geneva,sans-serif">Audio Description</span></span>
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*<span style="font-size:small"><span style="font-family: tahoma,geneva,sans-serif">Input devices such as keyboards, adaptive keyboards, on-screen keyboards, trackball, mouth stick</span></span>
 
*<span style="font-size:small"><span style="font-family: tahoma,geneva,sans-serif">Screen Readers</span></span>
 
*<span style="font-size:small"><span style="font-family: tahoma,geneva,sans-serif">Screen Readers</span></span>
*<span style="font-size:small"><span style="font-family: tahoma,geneva,sans-serif">Screen Magnifiers</span></span>
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*<span style="font-size:small"><span style="font-family: tahoma,geneva,sans-serif">Screen Magnifier</span></span>
*<span style="font-size:small"><span style="font-family: tahoma,geneva,sans-serif">Input devices, such as keyboards, adaptive keyboard, trackball, mouth stick</span></span>
 
*<span style="font-size:small"><span style="font-family: tahoma,geneva,sans-serif">Captions</span></span>
 
*<span style="font-size:small"><span style="font-family: tahoma,geneva,sans-serif">Transcripts</span></span>
 
 
*<span style="font-size:small"><span style="font-family: tahoma,geneva,sans-serif">Voice Recognition software</span></span>
 
*<span style="font-size:small"><span style="font-family: tahoma,geneva,sans-serif">Voice Recognition software</span></span>
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*<span style="font-size:small"><span style="font-family: tahoma,geneva,sans-serif">Word Prediction</span></span>
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*<span style="font-size:small"><span style="font-family: tahoma,geneva,sans-serif">Word Completion</span></span>
  
 
<span style="font-size:small"><span style="font-family: tahoma,geneva,sans-serif">(See also [[Web Accessibility|Web Accessibility]], [[Universal Design|Universal Design]], [[Digital Content Accessibility|Digital Content Accessibility]])</span></span>
 
<span style="font-size:small"><span style="font-family: tahoma,geneva,sans-serif">(See also [[Web Accessibility|Web Accessibility]], [[Universal Design|Universal Design]], [[Digital Content Accessibility|Digital Content Accessibility]])</span></span>

Revision as of 11:35, 25 October 2013

About

Assistive Technology is any item, piece of equipment, product or system, whether acquired commercially, modified, or customized, that is used to increase, maintain, or improve functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities.

The four main categories of disabilities are visual, hearing, mobility, and cognitive. A variety of assistive technology tools are available to assist individuals with disabilities. AccessIT will be using assistive technology products to assure the quality and compliance of your webpages.

How the end users access your websites, documents, media may include these technologies:

  • Audio Description
  • Input devices such as keyboards, adaptive keyboards, on-screen keyboards, trackball, mouth stick
  • Screen Readers
  • Screen Magnifier
  • Voice Recognition software
  • Word Prediction
  • Word Completion

(See also Web Accessibility, Universal Design, Digital Content Accessibility)

Principles

Screen readers rely on the markup structure of a document to enable navigation.
Websites designed with accessibility in mind are typically more functional and usable for all users.

Techniques

Use headings to provide content structure
Use appropriate structure for lists and tables
Use CSS to style your document

Design for Screen Reader Compatibility

Use a Screen Reader to evaluate your website

Most common screen readers:

JAWS
Window-Eyes

NVDA

VoiceOver

Resources

WebAIM  Creating Semantic Structure

IBM Understanding Accessibility

Motor Disabilities Assistive Technologies

Better Web Browsing: Tips for Customizing Your Computer

Recommendations

Recommendations and suggestions from the AccessIT Community