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Are the tools and systems you use at work accessible for all employees?

Workplace technology is a key driver for all employees, and most employers don’t realize that simple changes can make all the difference for people with disabilities.“However, accessible” doesn’t always mean “usable”. So what’s the difference and why does it matter?
Did you know that many of the everyday technology products used today were developed by or for people with disabilities, and have grown from assistive technology into universal designs?
Universal Design is when disability-related solutions are incorporated into everyday products.  For example, automatic door openers, curb cuts and ramps, speech-to-text and text-to-speech, Segway (reinvented from an iBOT wheelchair), eye-gaze or eye-tracking, or something as simple as large handle eating utensils.
Assistive Technology (AT) testing is the term used to describe the types of tools people with disabilities use to access websites, electronic documents, applications, software, and business systems.  Compatibility testing ensures your systems and software interacts seamlessly with the AT tools used by people with disabilities.

Types of Assistive Technology Tools

Screen Readers

Transforms words displayed on computers, laptops, smart phones, tablets to synthesized auditory speech.
Popular brands: JAWS, NVDA, VoiceOver, Windows Narrator, ChromeVox, and ZoomText/Fusion.

Screen Magnifiers

Adjusts screen resolution, color and contrast settings. 
Popular brands: ZoomText, Mac Screen Magnification, and Build-in Windows Screen Magnification

Alternate Input Devices

Provides easy access computers and technology which includes touch screens, modified keyboards, joysticks, optical tracking, or whatever works best.

What better way than to test your systems and software than with expert accessibility specialists who use the assistive technologies daily? 

That way you know it is being tested accurately for true usability. 


Contact us to help you figure out how to effectively use the right assistive technology tools for people with disabilities.