Accessible Technology Toolkit
- Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel
- WAVE for webpages
- PDF (get Adobe Acrobat from NIU) > Accessibility Checker
- Quick accessibility checks you can do yourself
Create Accessible Documents
Assistive Technology in Your Devices
Anyone can use assistive technology to make their devices more usable.
- Windows accessibility support
- Set accessibility preferences on a Mac
- Accessibility features on iPhone
- Android accessibility
- Electronic braille for reading on a braille display
- Audio MP3 file to listen offline, adjust speech rate, rewind
- PDF with optical character recognition for scanned documents to copy and paste, make bookmarks, add notes, read or listen to offline
- PDF with tags for accessibility to read or listen to offline, copy and paste, make bookmarks, add notes,
- HTML displays better on small screens, adjust font size and color, background color, listen with screen reader
- ePub read like an e-book on a tablet, adjust font size and color, background color, listen with screen reader, highlight or mark, read or listen offline
- BeeLine Reader uses font colors to help reading focus, displays well on small screens, can be read offline
- Translate into over 30 languages
- CAPTCHA stands for Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart
- Choose a visual or audio test to prove you are a human
Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART) or real-time captioning is the instant translation of speech into text.
All videos at NIU must have captions.
- Request closed captioning for videos from the Disability Resource Center
- Zoom automatic captioning
- Teams automatic captioning
- Search for YouTube videos with captions
- Search for Google videos with captions > scroll down to subtitles
- Create your own YouTube video captions
Courseware Accessibility Information
- MyLab Math
- Respondus Lockdown
- SAS Graphics Accelerator
- Universal Voice Thread
Laws about Technology Accessibility
- Federal Rehabilitation Act - Section 508 Refresh
- Illinois Information Technology Accessibility Act 2.0
NIU Technology Accessibility Policies
Purchasing Accessible Technology
- Purchasing accessible technology
- Information for campus requesters
- Information for vendors
A screen reader is a text-to-speech system that converts digital text into spoken words. People who are blind or have a visual impairment use screen readers as well as people who benefit from hearing content.
Built into operating systems
- Apple Voiceover - toggle Command F5 to turn on and off
- Windows Narrator - Windows key > Narrator
- iPhones VoiceOver - use any of the following methods
- Use Siri and say “Turn on VoiceOver” or “Turn off VoiceOver.”
- Triple-click the side button (if you have Face ID).
- Triple-click the Home button.
- Go to Settings > Accessibility > VoiceOver, then turn the setting on or off.
- Android phones - use any of the following methods
- Press and hold both volume keys on the side of the phone for 3 seconds. To confirm that you want to turn TalkBack on or off, press both volume keys for 3 seconds again.
- With Google Assistant, say “Hey Google. Turn off TalkBack” or “Turn on TalkBack”
- Settings > Accessibility > TalkBack
Free screen readers for PCs
- JAWS free download with your niu.edu address
- NVDA (Non-Visual Desktop Access) - scroll down to "download" button