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

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

You can also buy accessibility software which usually has more features and better support than the free software.

You can also buy accessibility hardware, including 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.

Further information on accessibility options can be found on our Built in accessibility, Free accessibility software and Paid for accessibility web pages and in our Technology leaflet, part of our Confident living series:

You can also contact our Helpline:

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