NVDA – Simplified

NVDA from NV Access is a free text to speech tool Microsoft Windows machines. It stands for Non-Visual Desktop Access. It will not work on iOS machines. Many use this tool to listen to content. Here are some simple commands to get you started using NV Access: Note: documentation refers to the NVDA key. The default NVDA key is the insert key. It can be changed to Caps lock when installing NVDA the first time Control + Alt + n to run NVDA NVDA + q to close NVDA Numpad + +to start reading at the top of the page NVDA + down … Continue reading NVDA – Simplified

VoiceOver Simplified

VoiceOver is the screen-reader or text to speech tool that is built into Apple’s operating system. It will not work on the Windows operating system. Many use this tool to listen to email messages, content on websites, etc. Note: when these resources reference the “VO” key, they mean command + option Here are some simple commands to help you get started in using VoiceOver: command + F5 turns VoiceOver on/off tab navigates to an interactive element ctrl + option + right arrow (repeatedly) navigates to the next element ctrl + option + command + h (repeatedly) navigates by headings When … Continue reading VoiceOver Simplified

Modify a Style in Word

Did you know that Word has built-in styles for headings, body text, and lists? Using these built-in styles allows you to create consistency in a documents look and feel, and to easily change the entire look of a document. Find Styles in the Ribbon You can find these styles in the “Ribbon”. If you are not sure how to open the ribbon Microsoft has a how-to guide. You can also use keyboard shortcuts to show/hide the Ribbon: Windows Cntrl + F1 Mac Command + Option + R Modify styles – 2 ways From the styles pane Select the item you … Continue reading Modify a Style in Word

Early steps to building a CLAC accessibility community

Liberal arts colleges are under increased scrutiny of their institutional approach for ensuring accessibility of web and other digital communication methods. While the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) have issued guidance regarding institutional obligations for ensuring access for students with disabilities, colleges still struggle with how to best address such obligations within the context of policy, procedure, and implementation. The challenge of accessibility is systemic in nature and requires an organizational approach. Being reactive to DOJ and OCR investigations can be resource-intensive and may not always promote the most sustainable solutions. … Continue reading Early steps to building a CLAC accessibility community

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Turn web images off – can you still figure out what is going on?

As Swarthmore’s Technology Accessibility Coordinator, part of my work involves testing websites to see what kinds of barriers exist to accessing content online. I often run into sites which use images for navigation, tasks, and information.  I’m always curious to … Continue reading Turn web images off – can you still figure out what is going on?