How do I make my computer accessible?

If you have difficulty using a computer because of your vision, there are a number of things you can do:

In-built accessibility options

Check out the accessibility options available within the operating system. You can use these to change the size and colour of things on the screen to make them easier to see, or perhaps even speak them so that you don't have to use the screen. These options come with the computer and are therefore free. All you need to do is find them and turn them on!

If the options within your computer aren't enough you can download extra software, sometimes for free.

Free accessibility software

You can download free accessibility software that will magnify or speak the screen contents. It can be limited, but it will be enough to allow you to write documents, send and receive emails and surf the web.

Paid-for accessibility software

There are a number of products you can buy. Paid-for accessibility software usually has more features and better support. Paid-for accessibility hardware includes high visibility keyboards, large monitors, and braille displays which can replace a monitor. For people in work or study, funding may be available to pay for this kind of equipment.

Information about various options for accessibility software can be found in our Confident Living Technology leaflet:

For more information and advice please contact our Helpline:

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