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Accessibility: Assistive Technology

Assistive technology is any kind of technology that can be used to enhance the functional independence of a person by providing them with a way to fully engage in life’s activities.

Examples of assistive technologies for Web users include:

  1. Electronic pointing devices – allow users to control the cursor on the screen without use of hands.
  2. Sip-and-puff systems — activated by inhaling or exhaling
  3. Screen enlargers – magnify portions of the screen
  4. Screen readers – read text-based Web content out loud to the user

The good news is that the coding and design of the Folio Foundations Course Template was optimized to work with assistive technologies. However, as you edit the template pages or create new content and files, it will be important for you to keep the needs of disabled users and the technologies they depend on in mind.

» Navigating Websites with JAWS, Access Ninja

» Screen Reader Demonstration, University of California, Berkley

Last updated: 1/6/2020