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Assistive Technology for Web Accessibility

Assistive technology helps people navigate and access content. It can be a physical device, a piece of software, or even a built-in feature of an operating system. For example, screen readers and refreshable braille devices can help vision impaired individuals access web pages. Screen-readers will do just that: read the screen content. They also interpret additional structural information provided in documents and sites like headers. Refreshable braille devices have moveable pins that create a line of braille text that can be read, then replaced with a new line of braille text. These devices often have custom input controls for navigation and text entry. On the software side, many operating systems include assistive features like screen magnifiers and high contrast modes.

Ohio University also provides some assistive technology to students.

The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines are structured to maximize compatibility with assistive technology.