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Some accessibility features are built into computer operating systems and web browsers. Try the following methods to simplify your web browsing experience.

Magnify the Screen

Many web browsers allow you to zoom in on web pages using simple keyboard controls. The magnifier allows you to focus on specific parts of the screen, enlarging the text and other page elements.

·         For Windows operating systems, press Ctrl and + to zoom in on a web page (Ctrl and to zoom out).

·         For Mac operating systems, press Cmd and + to zoom in on a Web page (Cmd and to zoom out).

Customize the Mouse Pointer

You can customize a computer mouse pointer in several ways. For example, you can slow down the speed of the mouse pointer for easier handling. You can also change its appearance so that it contrasts more with the screen content.


Learn how to change mouse settings for Windows operating systems:

Learn how to change mouse settings for Mac operating systems:

Make the Computer Speak Aloud

Many computers have text-reading features, though some can be limited in what they offer. For example Windows Narrator reads only menus and dialogue boxes but not blocks of text.

Software is available that offers more advanced screen-reading capabilities (both free and commercial). One of the many lists of possible software options can be found at

Learn how to use Windows Narrator:

Learn how to use Mac OS X Voiceover


What Is Web Accessibility?

The web offers an unparalleled opportunity for people with visual, hearing, motor and cognitive challenges to access information and resources. For example, people who are visually impaired can have immediate access to media releases with the help of assistive technologies such as screen readers or screen magnifiers. People with motor impairments can access a wealth of web content with an unprecedented degree of independence.

Estimates vary, but up to 20% of the Canadian population has some kind of visual, hearing, motor or cognitive challenge. Canada’s large aging population often faces similar challenges. Web accessibility is the practice of ensuring that websites are usable by as wide an audience as possible. More specifically, accessibility ensures that people with visual, hearing, motor and cognitive challenges can understand and interact with a website and its content.



Learn More about Web Accessibility

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W3C-Web Accessibility Initiative

The international body WC3 helps develop web accessibility guidelines, strategies and resources. The website outlines the internationally recognized web accessibility guidelines.


The website for this non-profit organization provides resources that help explain and address web accessibility issues.

Yahoo! Accessibility Blog

This blog reflects the experiences of individuals with disabilities, their families, and the professionals with whom they interact.

Accessify Forum

An online collection of accessibility discussion forums


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