Last published 11 Sep 2019
The FACS website has a built in screen-reader, called ReadSpeaker , which will read out aloud all the text on the page, navigation information and descriptions of images. You may also select a section of text for ReadSpeaker to read.
Figure 1:ReadSpeaker application
Many smartphones and tablets come with screen readers built in.
How to turn on Apple iPhone’s screenreader or go to Settings > General > Accessibility > VoiceOver.
How to turn on Android’s screen reader or Press both volume keys for 3 seconds.
Some applications such as Microsoft Office and Adobe Acrobat come with screen-readers. Software such as ZoomText and JAWS can be installed on desktop and notebook computers to read text across all applications, documents and websites.
Facebook has a number of accessibility features.
Facebook has automatic alt text which can scan a posted photo, and using object recognition technology, read out a description of the photo. Simply turn on your screen reader to use this feature. Learn more about Facebook’s automatic alt text.
Facebook supports the uploading of captions for videos.
Find out more about Facebook’s Accessibility features and learn how to turn on captions for videos, navigate News Feed using a screen reader, how to like, comment and share News Feed posts etc.
Twitter supports alternative text descriptions for images.
YouTube supports closed captions. Even if the content producer has not uploaded captions YouTube will automatically create them. In the bottom right corner of a YouTube video is a CC icon . Select this to turn on captions.
On websites and browsers that support accessibility use the Tab key, and Shift-Tab to skip between headings and hyperlinks. Enter will open a hyperlink. Alt-left arrow can be used to go to the previously web page.