There are a range of existing software options that can support a wide range of people.
Most commonly used software such as office products and web browsers have in-built accessibility functionality, or available extensions and plug-ins. There are also a wide variety of productivity tools available free of charge, which, as well as supporting people with disabilities, can improve the digital experience for all.
This page introduces some of these options, as well as guidance on how to make best use of them.
DnA (Diversity and Ability) maintain a usefully structured database of productivity tools, many of which are available free of charge. The website includes reviews, as well as links to the products themselves. You can search the database, or filter by tags, for example, 'referencing', 'text-to-speech', 'screen tinting', 'working memory'.
This free resource from DnA is recommended by the University of Cambridge Disability Resource Centre, who often suggest it to students at Cambridge.
Why not try adding a screen tinting option to your desktop or web browser and save your eyes some stress? Or add a text-to-speech plug-in to check your web content for accessibility?
MyStudyBar and all other software available through the EduApps website are free of charge to download and use.
Jisc provide some great guidelines for key accessibility issues, within the context of UK Higher Education. There is a focus on working within digital, but the information will be useful to anyone focusing on ensuring that their services and the content they provide for library users are accessible and inclusive in their design.
Key areas covered in the Jisc accessibility guidance include:
The Jisc documentation and guidance can be explored at various levels of depth, from a brief introduction to in-depth explanations of policies, along with advice as to how to best support learners with specific learning disabilities and difficulties.
This guidance from Jisc is highly recommended by the University of Cambridge Disability Resource Centre.