Nominal Cost Assistive Technologies


iOS – Nominal Cost

User Type Technical Category Product Name Location
People who are blind Screen reader VoiceOver Built in screen reader (Settings > General > Accessibility > VoiceOver
People with low vision (20/70-20/200 acuity or fields less than 20 degrees) Screen magnifier Zoom Built in magnification (Settings > General > Accessibility > Zoom)
People with low vision (20/70-20/200 acuity or fields less than 20 degrees) Large text Large Text (only works in certain Apple products) Built in large text (Settings > General > Accessibility > Large Text)
People with low vision (20/70-20/200 acuity or fields less than 20 degrees) Color enhancements Inverse colors Built in color enhancements (Settings > General > Accessibility > Inverse Colors)
People with cognitive disabilities Text-to-speech software Siri, Speak Selection, Speak Auto-text Built in software (Settings > General > Accessibility(Hold down home button to activate Siri)
People with cognitive disabilities Word prediction Dasher Apple App Store
People with cognitive disabilities Speech recognition Siri Built in software (Hold down home button to activate)
People with limited dexterity, reach and strength, and range of motion Switch Access Switch Control Built in switch access
People with limited dexterity, reach and strength, and range of motion Alternative input / Mouse simulation / Mouse speed Assistive Touch Built-in (Settings > General > Accessibility)
People with limited dexterity, reach and strength, and range of motion Trackpad, trackball, joystick, Bluetooth keyboard Trackpad, trackball, joystick, keyboard Where you normally purchase peripherals
Deaf/Hard of Hearing Hearing Hearing Aid Mode General, Accessibility, Hearing, Hearing Aids
Deaf/Hard of Hearing Hearing Subtitles & Captioning General, Accessibility, Hearing
Deaf/Hard of Hearing Hearing Mono Audio General, Accessibility, Hearing, Mono Audio
Deaf/Hard of Hearing Hearing TTY Mode Settings, Phone, TTY
Low Vision and Hard of Hearing Ringtone Vibration (iOS 7) Custom Vibrations Settings, Sounds, Sounds and Vibrations Patterns, (one of the options in this section), Vibration, Custom, Create New Vibration
People with limited dexterity, reach, strength, and range of motion or Blind Word prediction Fleksy Apple app store

Mac OS – Nominal Cost

User Type Technical Category Product Name Location
People who are blind Screen reader VoiceOver Built in screen reader
People with low vision (20/70-20/200 acuity or fields less than 20 degrees) Screen magnifier Zoom Built in magnification
People with low vision (20/70-20/200 acuity or fields less than 20 degrees) Cursor magnification Cursor Size Built in cursor size adjustments
People with low vision (20/70-20/200 acuity or fields less than 20 degrees) Color enhancements Inverse colors Built in color enhancements
People with cognitive disabilities Speech recognition Dictation Built in software
People with cognitive disabilities Accessibility feature Dictionary Built in software
People with cognitive disabilities Accessibility feature Text to Speech Built in software
People who are deaf or hard of hearing Accessibility feature FaceTime Built in software
People who are deaf or hard of hearing Accessibility feature Messages with iMessage Built in software
People who are deaf or hard of hearing Accessibility feature Closed Captioning Built in software
People who are deaf or hard of hearing Accessibility feature Screen Flash Built in software
People who are deaf or hard of hearing Accessibility feature Mono Audio Built in software
People who are deaf or hard of hearing Accessibility feature Purple Video Relay Services Built in software
People with limited dexterity, reach and strength, and range of motion Speech recognition Speakable Items Built in software
People with limited dexterity, reach and strength, and range of motion On Screen Keyboard On Screen Keyboard Built in software
People with limited dexterity, reach and strength, and range of motion Keyboard commands Sticky Keys Built in software
People with limited dexterity, reach and strength, and range of motion Keyboard commands Slow Keys Built in software
People with limited dexterity, reach and strength, and range of motion Alternative Input/Mouse Simulation/Mouse speed Mouse Keys Built in software
People with limited dexterity, reach and strength, and range of motion Trackpad, trackball, joystick, keyboard Trackpad, trackball, joystick, keyboard Where you normally purchase peripherals

Android v4.1+ – Nominal Cost

User Type Technical Category Product Name Location
People who are blind and visually impaired Screen reader Talkback Settings > Accessibility
People who are visually impaired Magnification Android Magnification (4.2.1+ only) Settings > Accessibility
People who are visually impaired Large text and pointer Large text Settings > Accessibility
People who are blind and visually impaired Web accessibility Enhance web accessibility (4.2 and earlier) Settings > Accessibility
People who are deaf or hard of hearing Application Closed Captions (Application feature) Application Specific
People with motor impairments Keyboard On-screen keyboard Standard on-screen keyboard
People with cognitive impairments Search feature Google Now Appears on keyboard within text entry fields and on home screen of most devices unless non-standard
People with limited dexterity, reach, strength, and range of motion or Blind Application Notification shortcut https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=fw.apps.notificationshortcut&hl=en
People with cognitive impairments Text to Speech Google Talk Appears on home screen of most devices unless non-standard
People with cognitive impairments Speech Recognition Google Talk Appears on home screen of most devices unless non-standard

Android v4.1+ – Other AT and Peripherals

User Type Technical Category Product Name Location
People with limited dexterity, reach, strength, and range of motion Switch Access No system wide (per app only) Application specific
People with limited dexterity, reach, strength, and range of motion Trackpad, trackball, joystick Trackpad, trackball, joystick Hardware
People with limited dexterity, reach, strength, and range of motion or Blind Swype keyboard install from play store settings > language and input

Windows 7 – Nominal Cost

User Type Technical Category Product Name Location
People who are blind or visually impaired Screen Reader Windows 7 Narrator Ease of Access center (Windows+U at sign in screen)(Windows+Enter to directly turn on Narrator)
People who are visually impaired Screen Magnifier Windows 7 Magnifier Ease of Access center > Start magnifier
People who are visually impaired Color and contrast Windows High Contrast Mode Ease of Access center > Setup high contrast
People who are deaf or hard of hearing Accessibility feature Visual cues for audio Ease of access center > Use text or visual alternative to sound
People who are deaf or hard of hearing Accessibility feature Closed captions Must be provided by application (Usually an option or indicated by a CC button).
People with cognitive disabilities Accessibility feature Turn off animations Ease of access center > Make it easier to focus on tasks
People with motor impairments On Screen Keyboard Windows On Screen Keyboard Ease of Access Center > Use the computer without a mouse or keyboard
People with motor impairments Keyboard Commands Sticky keys, filter keys, key repeat, and mouse keys Ease of Access > Make the keyboard easier to use
People with cognitive disabilities Speech recognition Microsoft Speech Recognition Ease of Access center > Use this computer without a mouse or keyboard > Start Speech Recognition

Windows 7 – Other AT & Peripherals

User Type Technical Category Product Name Location
People who are blind Screen Reader NVDA Narrator Built in screen reader (self voicing capabilities)
People with low vision (20/70 – 20/200 acuity or fields less than 20 degrees) Screen Magnifier GlassBrick (Windows 7) http://www.glassbrick.org
People with low vision (20/70 – 20/200 acuity or fields less than 20 degrees) Screen Magnifier Virtual Magnifying Glass http://magnifier.sourceforge.net
People with low vision (20/70 – 20/200 acuity or fields less than 20 degrees) Large text and pointer Windows large themes, DPI, and low resolution; mouse pointer size Built in large text
People with low vision (20/70 – 20/200 acuity or fields less than 20 degrees) Color Enhancements Windows High Contrast Built in color enhancements
People who are hard of hearing Captions Ease of Access Features – Captions Must be provided by application (Usually an option or indicated by a CC button)
People with photosensitive epilepsy Color and Contrast Ease of Access Features – Color and Contrast Ease of Access center > Setup high contrast
People with cognitive disabilities Text-to-Speech Software SpeakComputer, BrowseAloud (PC), web only Natural Reader http://speakcomputers.com,http://www.browsealoud.com,http://www.naturalreaders.com
People with cognitive disabilities Word Prediction etype (Free version may contain Adword), Dasher http://www.etype.com,http://www.inference.phy.cam.ac.uk/dasher
People with limited dexterity, reach, strength, and range of motion Speech Recognition Microsoft Speech Recognition Ease of Access center > Use this computer without a mouse or keyboard > Start Speech Recognition
People with limited dexterity, reach, strength, and range of motion Keyboard adjustments StickyKeys, FilterKeys, and KeyRepeat Ease of Access > Make the keyboard easier to use
People with limited dexterity, reach, strength, and range of motion Switch Access Simulate Mouse Use Microsoft Speech Recognition in Ease of Access Center to simulate mouse functions
People with limited dexterity, reach, strength, and range of motion Switch Access Simulate Keyboard (intellisense, RJ Cooper) http://www.rjcooper.com
People with limited dexterity, reach, strength, and range of motion Switch Access DiscoverPro w/ Intellisence switch http://www.spectronicsinoz.com/product/23664,http://www.spectronicsinoz.com/product/intelliswitch
People with limited dexterity, reach, strength, and range of motion Alternative Input/Mouse Simulation/Mouse speed Mousekeys Ease of Access Center -> Make the mouse easier to use. Under “Control the mouse with the keyboard”, enable the Mouse Keys check box.
People with limited dexterity, reach, strength, and range of motion Trackpad, trackball, joystick Trackpad, trackball, joystick Where you normally purchase peripherals

Windows 8 – Nominal Cost

User Type Technical Category Product Name Location
People who are blind Screen Reader Windows 8 Narrator Ease of Access center (Windows+U at sign in screen)(Windows+Enter to directly turn on Narrator)
People with low vision (20/70 – 20/200 acuity or fields less than 20 degrees) Screen Magnifier Windows 8 Magnifier Ease of Access center > Start magnifier
People with low vision (20/70 – 20/200 acuity or fields less than 20 degrees) Color and contrast Windows High Contrast Mode Ease of Access center > Setup high contrast
People who are deaf or hard of hearing Accessibility feature Visual cues for audio Ease of access center > Use text or visual alternative to sound
People who are deaf or hard of hearing Accessibility feature Closed captions Must be provided by application (Usually an option or indicated by a CC button).
People with cognitive disabilities Accessibility feature Notification display Settings > Change PC Settings > Notifications and Ease of Access Center > Notifications
People with cognitive disabilities Accessibility feature Turn off animations Ease of access center > Make it easier to focus
People with limited dexterity, reach, strength, and range of motion On-screen keyboard Windows On-screen keyboard (OSK) Ease of Access Center > Use the computer without a mouse or keyboard
People with limited dexterity, reach, strength, and range of motion Keyboard commands Sticky keys, filter keys, key repeat, and mouse keys Ease of Access > Make the keyboard easier to use
People with cognitive disabilities Speech recognition Microsoft Speech Recognition Ease of Access center > Use this computer without a mouse or keyboard > Start Speech Recognition

Windows 8 Videos and Tutorials

(Many of the resources obtained from the W3C Mobile Accessibility Task Force)


Windows 8 – Other AT & Peripherals

User Type Technical Category Product Name Location
People who are blind Screen reader NVDA Narrator Built in screen reader (self voicing capabilities)
People with low vision (20/70 – 20/200 acuity or fields less than 20 degrees) Screen magnifier Virtual Magnifying Glass http://magnifier.sourceforge.net
People with low vision (20/70 – 20/200 acuity or fields less than 20 degrees) Large text and pointer Windows Large themes, DPI and low resolution, mouse pointer size Built in large text
People with low vision (20/70 – 20/200 acuity or fields less than 20 degrees) Color enhancements Windows High Contrast Built in color enhancements
People who are hard of hearing Captions Ease of Access features – Captions Ease of Access features
People who are hard of hearing Visual/Vibration cues Ease of Access features – Visual cues Ease of Access features
People with photosensitive epilepsy Accessibility feature Ease of Access features – Color and Contrast Ease of Access features
People with cognitive disabilities Text-to-speech software SpeakComputer, BrowseAloud, NaturalReader Application-based
People with cognitive disabilities Word Prediction LetMeType, etype, Dasher Application-based
People with cognitive disabilities Speech Recognition Windows Speech Recognition Use the Windows Key + Q Shortcut key Combination and type Speech into the search field. Alternatively, use Control Panel to enable Speech Recognition.
People who cannot speak Keyboard access Keyboard accessibility Use the Windows Key + Q Shortcut key Combination. In the search box, enter Change how your keyboard works, tap or click Settings, and then tap or click Change how your keyboard works. Choose the desired settings.
People with limited dexterity, reach, strength, and range of motion Speech Recognition Microsoft Speech Recognition Use the Windows Key + Q Shortcut key Combination and type Speech into the search field. Alternatively, use Control Panel to enable Speech Recognition.
People with limited dexterity, reach, strength, and range of motion Keyboard adjustments Stickkeys, filter keys and key repeat Use the Windows Key + Q Shortcut key Combination. In the search box, enter Change how your keyboard works, tap or click Settings, and then tap or click Change how your keyboard works. Choose the desired settings.
People with limited dexterity, reach, strength, and range of motion On-screen keyboard/Keyboard simulation Windows on-screen Keyboard (OSK) Control Panel > Ease of Access > On Screen Keyboard
People with limited dexterity, reach, strength, and range of motion Switch Access Simulate Mouse Use Microsoft Speech Recognition to simulate mouse functions.
People with limited dexterity, reach, strength, and range of motion Switch Access Simulate Keyboard (intellisense, RJ Cooper) http://www.rjcooper.com
People with limited dexterity, reach, strength, and range of motion Switch Access DiscoverPro w/ Intellisence switch http://www.spectronicsinoz.com/product/23664,http://www.spectronicsinoz.com/product/intelliswitch
People with limited dexterity, reach, strength, and range of motion Alternative Input/Mouse Simulation/Mouse speed Mousekeys Use the Windows Key + Q Shortcut key Combination. In the search box, enter Change how your keyboard works, tap or click Settings, and then tap or click Change how your keyboard works. Turn on Mouse Keys here.
People with limited dexterity, reach, strength, and range of motion Trackpad, trackball, joystick Trackpad, trackball, joystick Where you normally purchase peripherals

Chromebook – Nominal Cost

User Type Technical Category Product Name Location
People who are blind Enable spoken feedback ChromeVox Chrome OS Settings > Accessibility
People with low vision (20/70 – 20/200 acuity or fields less than 20 degrees) Enable spoken feedback ChromeVox Chrome OS Settings > Accessibility
People with low vision (20/70 – 20/200 acuity or fields less than 20 degrees) Screen Magnification Screen Magnification Chrome OS Settings > Accessibility
People with low vision (20/70 – 20/200 acuity or fields less than 20 degrees) High Contrast Mode High Contast Mode Chrome OS Settings > Accessibility
People with low vision (20/70 – 20/200 acuity or fields less than 20 degrees) Large mouse cursor Large mouse cursor Chrome OS Settings > Accessibility
People who are deaf or hard of hearing Closed Captions Closed Captions Application specific, such as Chrome browser.
People with limited dexterity, reach, strength, and range of motion On-screen keyboard/voice dictation On-screen keyboard/voice dictation Type chrome://flags in the Chrome browser and enable the virtual keyboard (a reboot is required)

Other Commonly Used ATs Windows Platform (not nominal cost)

User Type Technical Category Product Name Location
People who are blind Screen reader JAWS http://www.freedomscientific.com/
People who are blind Screen reader Window-Eyes http://www.gwmicro.com/
People who are blind Screen reader System Access http://www.serotek.com/
People who are visually impaired Screen reader JAWS http://www.freedomscientific.com/
People who are visually impaired Screen reader Window-Eyes http://www.gwmicro.com/
People who are visually impaired Screen reader System Access http://www.serotek.com/
People who are visually impaired Screen magnifier ZoomText http://www.aisquared.com/
People who are visually impaired Screen magnifier MAGic http://www.freedomscientific.com/
People with motor impairments Speech recognition Dragon NaturallySpeaking http://www.nuance.com/dragon/index.htm
People with limited dexterity, reach, strength, and range of motion Switch or Sip and Puff software Intelliswitch with DiscoverPro http://webstore.ablenetinc.com/IntelliSwitch–Transmitter—USB-Receiver/p/12050000/
People with cognitive impairments Word prediction software (general) Varies; a good example is Read & Write Gold http://www.texthelp.com/
People with motor impairments Head pointers and mouth wands Varies Varies
People with motor impairments Eye tracking or Eye Gaze software Varies Varies
People with cognitive impairments Word prediction software (general) Varies; a good example is Read & Write Gold http://www.texthelp.com/
People with cognitive impairments Speech recognition Dragon NaturallySpeaking http://www.nuance.com/dragon/index.htm
People with cognitive impairments Word prediction Co-Writer Don Johnston

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