My Digital Life

Auditory, Speech and Visual Aids

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This page provides tips and tools for using customizing your computing device environment to accommodate your preferences for audio input-output, and vision.

*Please check with your teacher before downloading or installing extensions or programs.

For general accessibility accommodations by operating system visit our Teacher Resources accommodations page.

Closed captions - text of the audio shown with a video

When you locate a video on a website, look for the cc CC for closed caption
Add your own subtitles and closed captions. Look for the letters cc in a small box on the video menu, or a small box. Youtube Help

Screen readers and having the text read aloud to you:

Chrome extension that will read outloud words, paragraphs and pages. Short video demo Read&Write app
Chrome extension that will read outloud words, paragraphs and also in different languages Speak It
Windows free screen reader to download NVDA

Windows Narrator to read text aloud on the PC screen, notifications, calendar, and more.

To start or stop Narrator, press Windows logo key  + Ctrl + Enter. To see all Narrator commands, press Caps Lock + F1 after you open Narrator. If your device has a touchscreen, tap it three times with four fingers.

How to turn on and use Narrator

video tutorial

Immersive reader extension for Google Chrome 

and also works with Microsoft Office 365

 Video Tutorial
Microsoft's Transcribe in Word feature was just released with the Online version of Office 365, and they intend to add it to iOS and Android apps by 2021. Office news about this feature


Making text passages easier to understand

Rewordify lets you copy and paste text or a link to a webpage. For a webpage, when turned on, it will reword and provide highlights in ( ) of things it rewords.



Speaking to your computer, or Speech-to-text

Voice dictation in an application on a mac: To use voice dictation in an application on your Mac, first select a text field in an application. Next, press the Fn (Function) key twice or click the Edit menu and select Start Dictation. Speak to your Mac and the words you speak will start appearing in the text field. How to Geek
Google docs: Once you're in the new document go to the top menu and select Tools > Voice typing... A small pop-up window will appear to the left of your document with a dark microphone icon inside it. Click the microphone, it will turn red, and you can start speaking your text. Video demo

Chromebook dictation accessibility features, in gmail, slides, docs

3 ways to enable voice dictation and using search+d

Video demo

Demonstration video for Speech to text or voice dictation using Google Docs

Video Demo


Translating into or from different languages helpers icon of translator

Top 20 sites that translate text for free Speakt
Google Translate Translate text


Visual helpers, find my mouse, magnify the screen, make the text larger

Windows 10 if your mouse disappears:

try one of the following combinations, depending on your keyboard and mouse model, and your mouse cursor may become visible again: Fn + F3, Fn + F9, Fn + F11.

icon of mouse as an arrow
Safari for the Mac: making the text larger

Making text larger macOS

magnifying glass over text

Can't see the whole web page, and making the text larger on most browsers: On the mac use command and + key to zoom in, or command - to zoom out. and on the Windows PC use control + to zoom in and control - to zoom out Video Tutorial
Chromebook - zoom in or magnify your screen use Ctrl and + and to make it smaller use ctrl and - . Reset your zoom to normal use Ctrl and 0 (zero) How to Geek examples
Changing the resolution of your Windows 10 screen to make everything larger on the screen. Windows 10 changing the Screen resolution

Change the contrast on my Mac screen, or color scheme:

Go to System Preferences, Select Accessibility, Select Display until you see the options to change the contrast, cursor size, display contrast and others.

Accessibility system preferences on the mac - video demo
Windows 10 Display settings: Select the start button, select Settings, Select System, Click on Advanced display settings. Windows 10 accessibility features
Chromebook Accessibility features: text-to-speech, Display and screen magnifier, resolution, mouse actions, and audio changes. Chromebook accessibility features