If you have difficulty seeing website pages, the US Social Security Administration suggests these tips for optimizing your computer and browser to enhance your online experience.
- Use your computer to read web pages out loud
- Use the keyboard to navigate screens
- Increase text size
- Magnify your screen
- Change background and text colors
- Make your mouse pointer more visible (Windows only)
- Internet Explorer Accessibility Information
- Firefox Accessibility Information
- Chrome Accessibility Information
Voice Recognition Controls
If you are looking for keyboard and mouse substitutes, Dragon Naturally Speaking may help you navigate web pages and online services. Dragon Naturally Speaking speech recognition software allows a user to move focus around a web page or application screen through voice controls. If you are deaf or hard of hearing, there are some accessibility features available to you.
If you are visually impaired website reading software like ChromeVox or can help read the website content to you. Website reading software like ChromeVox, which is an add-on extension to the Chrome website browser, can help. There are also other website readers that work with a computers operating system (OS) that provide more universal coverage outside of website browsing.
Closed captioning offers a transcript for the audio track of a video presentation that is matched with the video and audio tracks. Captions are commonly visually presented over the video, which benefits individuals who are deaf and hard of hearing and anyone who cannot hear the audio because of loud environments. Learn how to turn captioning on and off in YouTube.
Most computers, tablets, or mobile device have volume control features, and each video and audio service has its own additional volume controls. Try adjusting both your device’s volume controls and your media players’ volume controls to optimize your listening experience.
Many documents on our web pages are in ASCII or HTML format, which are accessible to people who use screen reading software and to those with other vision or mobility impairments. Generally, we use Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) to create pages and documents that are accessible to those users.
Our website also contains many Adobe Acrobat PDF (Portable Document Format) files. We use this method when documents are not available in digital form, are too large or difficult to produce in HTML, or are publications where the format is critical to the usability of the document. Adobe Systems, Inc. is developing products designed to make PDF documents more accessible. Adobe’s accessibility web pages describe their efforts.
- Be sure to select the version of Adobe Acrobat Reader that is compatible with your system.
- Follow the installation instructions completely. (After the download, you will need to install the file by running the executable (.exe file) from your operating system.)
- Configure your browser options.
- Upgrade your version of Adobe Acrobat Reader periodically to use the latest features.
- Contact Adobe Systems, Inc. if you are having trouble installing or using their products.
If the recommendations above do not meet your needs, or if you have any questions, concerns, or comments regarding the accessibility of any particular web page on this website, please contact us at 239.261.3433 so that we can address the matter. We take your feedback seriously and will consider it as we evaluate ways to accommodate all of our website visitors.