Google Accessibility

Google seems to be involved in just about every aspect of online life. So it’s good to know they’ve also come up with lots of great ideas for online accessibility. Here are some of the ideas that may be of interest:

  • Google Hangouts: Google Hangouts is a program that allows two or more people to communicate through messaging, with or without a webcam. For users who communicate using sign language, you can invite a sign language interpreter to any Hangout.
  • YouTube: If you upload your own videos, you can add or edit captions using YouTube’s inline caption editor. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hnJ_5fI9i0M&feature=youtu.be
  • Gmail: Gmail is compatible for use with several popular screen readers.
  • Google Search: Just say “OK Google” into your Smartphone, and it will search the web, send text messages, set alarms, and much more, all hands free. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xbciMu4mD5k&feature=youtu.be
  • Google Docs: This program also allows users to use screen readers and access shortcuts, as well as hear notifications about other users as they add content to your shared documents.
  • Google Chrome: There are plenty of accessibility features built into this browser: spoken feedback, bigger cursor, high contrast mode, and much more, under Settings and Accessibility. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SRFUKS32dVg&feature=youtu.be
  • WalkyTalky: WalkyTalky is a hands-free navigation tool on your smartphone that gives you walking directions. It speaks the names of streets and intersections as you move. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HvU6QQsW0Dk&feature=youtu.be

These are just some of the accessibility features Google offers for its products. It also has information for developers and publishers, as well as enterprise and business, and has information on initiatives and research related to accessibility.

To view the full range of accessibility features Google offers, or to watch demos and read more about each feature, click here.