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Setting Up Accessibility Features on Chromebook

Set up accessibility features in Chromebook

This step-by-step guide will help you to set up the accessibility features on Chromebook for users who are blind or visually impaired.  These features make the screen easier to see, have web pages read aloud, and make the keyboard easier to use.

Learn how to:

  • Turn on the accessibility features
  • Use spoken feedback
  • Use the on-screen keyboard
  • Turn on accessibility features when you turn on your Chromebook for the first time
  • Connect to a braille display

 

Comments

ChromeVox shortcut keys

Posted by Betsy Garrett

I am in search of a listing of shortcut keys to navigate the laptop screen and websites using ChromeVox. Does anyone know if something like this exists?

Thank you!

Chrome book

Posted by C.Collura

I am going to be doing a evaluation on a student that the school has assigned Chrome books to all students. How is the level of screen magnification different from that of a regular lap top? Has anyone used the 15 inch Chrome book? Looking for some pros and cons.

Chromebook

Posted by Anonymous

Comment from Yurika Vu, California School for the Blind

We don't have too much experience with Chromebooks, but I do know that higher end chromebooks have better screen resolution so you get less pixilation from higher magnification levels. There are so many different kinds of chromebooks and I haven't seen all of them, but the one I personally have from Google is the Chrome Book Pixel.

https://www.cnet.com/news/get-a-google-chromebook-pixel-for-399-99/

Compared to a few of the other chromebooks I've seen, this is probably the best one in terms of magnification. However, it really does depend on the student and their vision, if they need additional enhancements etc. The built in magnification of a chromebook does not have all the features that ZoomText would have.

Previous comments for Setting Up Accessibility Features on Chromebook

Charlotte Cushman commented on January 11, 2017

We posted this question on Facebook and got some responses from our online community:

Allen Huang writes:
My experience is that the increments are not as small as what is possible with OSX Zoom or Windows Magnifier. Biggest problem is that many Chromebooks have super tiny screens. With a 15 inch screen (physical accomodation), your student may be ok.
 
 
Jason Martin writes:
I recently participated in training with Google and the American Federation for the Blind. The comments above are correct the magnification is incremental, for now I believe there is high contrast, and basic magnification. I know they are actively looking at adding color filters and I personally made the suggestion for slower increments. One thing I can say is that Google is firmly working on accessibility and that a chrome book is a totally viable option for students with low vision and for screen reader users. Traditionally this is not been the case, but the added emphasis on accessibility from Google's home department has really started to pay off.
Anonymous commented on January 10, 2017

Comment from Yurika Vu, California School for the Blind

We don't have too much experience with Chromebooks, but I do know that higher end chromebooks have better screen resolution so you get less pixilation from higher magnification levels. There are so many different kinds of chromebooks and I haven't seen all of them, but the one I personally have from Google is the Chrome Book Pixel.

https://www.cnet.com/news/get-a-google-chromebook-pixel-for-399-99/

Compared to a few of the other chromebooks I've seen, this is probably the best one in terms of magnification. However, it really does depend on the student and their vision, if they need additional enhancements etc. The built in magnification of a chromebook does not have all the features that ZoomText would have.

C.Collura commented on January 5, 2017

I am going to be doing a evaluation on a student that the school has assigned Chrome books to all students. How is the level of screen magnification different from that of a regular lap top? Has anyone used the 15 inch Chrome book? Looking for some pros and cons.

Charlotte@Perkins commented on March 3, 2016

There is a lot of good information in the ChomeVox User Guide.

It includes a list of Keyboard Shortcuts for ChromeVox, as well as an interactive tutorial.

You may also find this video on YouTube to be helpful:  Introducing ChromeVox (with Audio Description)

Betsy Garrett commented on March 3, 2016

I am in search of a listing of shortcut keys to navigate the laptop screen and websites using ChromeVox. Does anyone know if something like this exists?

Thank you!