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May 18, 2017

Global Accessibility Awareness Day

Today is Global Accessibility Awareness Day. How do you use your digital device?

For computers there's Jaws, ZoomText, Dolphin and many other screen reading software providers to choose from. The most popular free screen reader is called NVDA (Nono-Visual Desktop Access). It is an open-source programme that comes in portable and installer versions - the portable version can be run simply by plugging in a pen drive.

If you're on the go, you can use Voiceover on Apple products, or Talkback on most Android phones and tablets. Voiceover is a great tool to use on your mobile or tablet if you can't see the screen or find you are straining to read text on it. Your device will talk back everything on your screen to you, simply by switching on Voiceover or Talkback and flicking with one finger from left to right. You can navigate through your apps, websites, emails and more. By double tapping, you can open apps, or click on links or buttons. Why not have a go today? If you would like training from our Tech Team on how to make the most of your device, call Sarah on 0141 332 4632 for an appointment.

Simply go into your settings and find the Accessibility menu, where you will find many different options to enhance your screen, make the text bolder, zoom and switch on the speech. Below is a photo highlighting the Accessibility menu and Voiceover selection on an Apple device.