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Today is Global Accessibility Awareness Day and Melissa Scanlan from
Halifax Public LIbrary has shared the following resources for our monthly
email:

*Digital Accessibility Resources*



May 20, 2021 is Global Accessibility Awareness Day. The purpose of GAAD is
to get everyone talking, thinking and learning about digital access and
inclusion, and the more than 1 billion people globally who have
disabilities and/or impairments.



*What is digital accessibility?*



Digital accessibility is the ability of a website, mobile application or
electronic document to be easily navigated and understood by a wide range
of users, including those users who have visual, auditory, motor or
cognitive disabilities.



*Resources*



*Google’s Live Transcribe application
<https://support.google.com/accessibility/android/answer/9158064?hl=en>* for
Android allows Android devices to capture speech and sound, so people can
see spoken words as text on their screens. See it in action
<https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jLCwjIaPXwA>.

Android also has a *live caption setting
<https://support.google.com/accessibility/android/answer/9350862?hl=en>*
allowing
users to add automatic captions to their Android screen. You can use it on
videos, podcasts, phone calls, video calls, audio messages, social media
videos, etc.



You can also learn about Google’s other accessibility features *here
<https://www.google.com/accessibility/products-features/>*.


If you have a *paid* Zoom account, consider turning on the option for
auto-captioning
<https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/207279736-Closed-captioning-and-live-transcription>
in
your next meeting. PowerPoint for Office 365, Google Meet, Google Slides,
and YouTube also provide auto-captioning services.


The *Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG)
<https://www.w3.org/WAI/>* provide
an international set of guidelines for building websites with
web accessibility in mind. These guidelines are developed by the Worldwide
Web Consortium (W3C), the governing body of the web. Get started with
their *Introduction to Web Accessibility
<https://webaim.org/intro/>*, or check out some of their tools such as
the *WCAG
2 Checklist <https://webaim.org/standards/wcag/checklist>*, the *WAVE
Web Accessibility Evaluation Tool
<http://wave.webaim.org/>*, or the *Color Contrast Checker
<https://webaim.org/resources/contrastchecker/>*.


Microsoft’s *Make your Word documents accessible to people with
disabilities
<https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/topic/make-your-word-documents-accessible-to-people-with-disabilities-d9bf3683-87ac-47ea-b91a-78dcacb3c66d>*
 site provides you with step-by-step instructions and best practices to
make your Word documents accessible to people with disabilities. *This
video
<https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D8XFkGMF0sw&ab_channel=AssistiveTechnologyShowcase>*
shows
the difference when using a screen reader on an accessible word document
and an inaccessible document.


The purpose of the *Accessible Canada Act
<https://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/acts/A-0.6/page-1.html>* is to make
Canada barrier-free by January 1, 2040. This involves identifying, removing
and preventing barriers in federal jurisdiction such as employment,
communication and more.


A screen reader is software that enables people with sight loss to use
computers. It reads the text on the screen in a computerized voice. JAWS
for Windows is a popular screen reader and costs about $95 a year for an
individual user. Watch the *JAWS Demonstration
<https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5VNzKJYhxqM>* to learn more about how to
customize the JAWS experience, or click here to view JAWS keyboard shortcuts
<https://webaim.org/resources/shortcuts/jaws>.


*NVDA <https://www.nvaccess.org/about-nvda/>* is a free screen reader for
Windows computers. For more detailed information on using NVDA, see
WebAIM’s list of NVDA keyboard shortcuts
<https://webaim.org/resources/shortcuts/nvda> or the *NVDA User Guide
<https://www.nvaccess.org/files/nvda/documentation/userGuide.html>.*


Learn about *Microsoft’s accessibility features
<https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/accessibility-support-for-windows-8b1068e6-d3b8-4ba8-b027-133dd8911df9?ui=en-us&rs=en-us&ad=us>*,
such as *Microsoft Narrator
<https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/hear-text-read-aloud-with-narrator-040f16c1-4632-b64e-110a-da4a0ac56917>*
, Window's built-in screen reader.


Apple Voiceover <https://www.apple.com/ca/accessibility/vision/> is a
screen reader built into Macintosh computers since MacOS 10.4.  You can
also learn about more of Apple’s accessibility features, including features
for iOS, *here <https://www.apple.com/accessibility/>*.

The *Center for Universal Design in Education
<https://www.washington.edu/doit/programs/center-universal-design-education/overview>*
helps
educators apply universal design to all aspects of education.

CNIB <https://cnib.ca/en/search/node?keys=digital&region=ns> is a
non-profit organization driven to change what it is to be blind today. We
deliver innovative programs and powerful advocacy that empower people
impacted by blindness to live their dreams and tear down barriers to
inclusion.



Thanks for reading!




-- 

*Cate Carlyle*

she/her

VP Nova Scotia, Continuing Education IG Convenor

Atlantic Provinces Library Association

CRC Coordinator, Mount Saint Vincent University

*T* (902) 457-6426 *E* [log in to unmask]

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