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Google Documents Are Made For Accessibility

ITunes and Apple products once had the market for products with built-in accommodations but with increased awareness and ease of access has created a competitive market. Whether you are looking for visual accommodations such as voice output or typing strategies for one-handed skills, they are included in tablets, cell phones, and all android technologies. In addition, there is Google docs and the Play Store which are promoting inclusion.

 

Google Docs, Sheets and Slides with Google Internet Accessibility Options

Google Docs, Google Sheets and Google Slides are a word processor, spreadsheet and presentation program. They are part of a free, web-based software office suite offered by Google within its Google Drive service. The three apps are available as web applications, and as mobile apps for Android and iOS. The apps are compatible with Microsoft Office file formats. The suite consists of Google Forms, Google Drawings and Google Fusion Tables. The service automatically saves documents and keep them all coordinated. Everywhere you are working will update automatically in the cloud base environment. Google Chrome and Google services have expanded their disability services making their products work for a variety of needs. Voice-recognition, voice output, learning disability implementation, auditory options, keyboarding changes and similar options available on the PC or Macintosh computers built into Google docs.

 

Benefits

There are benefits to using the Google chrome docs for people with disabilities. It works with most accessibility options and software. Google docs announced that their software will work with JAWS screen reader, built-in Windows accessibility options and special keyboards. It is wonderful that you have access to your documents anywhere there is Internet access, it will automatically save your documents, and many colleges are exclusively using the Google drive and documents with students.

Accessibility Scanner is a tool that suggests accessibility improvements for Android apps without requiring technical skills. Just open the app you want to scan, then tap the Accessibility Scanner button to find items in the app that might benefit from accessibility improvements. You can use this app to suggest changes to developers or to make changes yourself. When developing an Android app, Accessibility Scanner identifies opportunities to improve the app for users.

 

Accessibility Scanner scans your computer providing suggestions to improve the accessibility of the app, based on the following:

  • Content labels
  • Touch target size
  • Clickable items
  • Text and image contrast


Chrome Browser

The Chrome browser supports screen readers, magnifiers, and offers people with low vision full-page zoom, high-contrast color and extensions. Here are keyboard short cuts used to maneuver the webpages rather than relying on vision.

 

Google Accessibility Scanner:  There are benefits to using the Google Chrome docs for people with disabilities. It works with a majority of accessibility options and software. Google docs announced that their software will work with JAWS screen reader, built-in Windows accessibility options and special keyboards. What is more is exciting is that you will have access to your documents anywhere that you have Internet access, it will automatically save your documents, and many colleges are exclusively using the Google drive and documents with students.

 

  1. Install and turn on Accessibility Scanner
  2. Accessibility Scanner is available for phones and tablets with Android 6.0 and above.
  3. To start, download Accessibility Scanner from Google Play.
  4. When the Accessibility Scanner is opened, you're prompted to turn it on in your device settings: Go to Settings - is a Accessibility and find Accessibility Scanner.
  5. Tap the Accessibility Scanner switch to move it to the on position.

Here is a resource list of Android Accessibility Features and Apps.


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Comment by Adrienne Kleinman on October 30, 2018 at 4:49am

As someone who has not a lot of knowledge on accessibility related options on apps, this was great for me to learn. Thanks for sharing, Jennifer!

Comment by Sammy Abeje on October 29, 2018 at 3:58pm

I really appreciate all the accessibility-related options that are out there.  My personal favorite tool is called Read & Write, it makes it very easy to read articles on websites that do not have text-to-speech built-in.  It also highlights each word as it is spoken.

Comment by Erika J. Kluge on October 29, 2018 at 1:54pm

Google has done a great job of making life easier for many students (and everyone). The ability to collaborate- whether it be with peers, instructors, or parents has been great. The added accessibility options are wonderful for allowing each user to individualize his or her needs. My favorite feature is the auto save. Thanks for sharing Jennifer! 

I will mention that I have encountered a few work settings that restrict employees from using Google and want all their work to be done via Microsoft 365. This can require a learning curve change for some who used Google in college (or K-12) and  now need to transfer to a new system. Microsoft has similar accessibility features but the visual layout of finding features is different and possibility confusing until one masters it. 

Comment by Janet - Great Lakes ADA Center on October 29, 2018 at 10:49am

Want to learn more? There is a free webinar on this topic from EASI 

EASI Free Webinar on the Chromebook Accessibility Thursday November 1st at 1 Central Time. 

Presenter:  Laura (Palmaro) Allen | Google | Chrome & Chrome OS Accessibility Program Manager

Chromebook computers come with a variety of accessibility features built in, such as the ChromeVox screen reader, different types of magnification, braille support, and more. Join Laura, the Chrome and Chrome OS Accessibility Program Manager, to learn about the various features and functionalities built into Chrome OS that can help to make your experience more accessible and productive.

Registration will be closed by Wednesday October 31 To register for the Nov. 1 Chrome book webinar, go to the EASI home page and select webinars http://easi.cc 

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