Check out the accessibility policies in the Google Admin console for Chrome OS devices. They allow IT to manage these settings centrally for their users across their deployment. Some policies include: ChromeVox spoken feedback, Select-to-speak, High contrast, Screen magnifier, Sticky keys, and Virtual Keyboard.
Your end users can update the color of their cursor to improve its visibility on Chrome OS. There are seven colors available: red, yellow, green, cyan, blue, magenta and pink, in addition to default black. To change the cursor, go to the “Mouse and touchpad” section of Settings.
Chrome continues to make improvements to make PDFs more accessible. Users can save web pages as a PDF that will include metadata like the page’s headings, lists, tables, paragraphs, and image descriptions. This makes the web more accessible for people with low vision or who are blind that use a screen reader to access PDF files.
With Live Caption on Chrome, you can automatically generate real-time captions for media with audio on your browser. It works across social and video sites, podcasts and radio content, personal video libraries (such as Google Photos), embedded video players, and most web-based video or audio chat services. Chrome OS also now supports live captions.
Select text to read aloud and shade background text with Select-to-speak
Select-to-speak lets users select text on a specific part of their screen and have it spoken aloud—extremely helpful for folks with low vision or learning disabilities. To make it easier to focus on the spoken text, you can now shade the background text that is not being highlighted. To enable this select-to-speak feature, search for “Select-to-speak settings” within Settings.
Use Voice Switching and other ChromeVox enhancements
Enhancements to the ChromeVox screen reader help users with visual impairments use Chrome OS. Employees can utilize Voice Switching which automatically changes the screen reader’s voice based on the language of the text being read.
Dictation allows users to speak to their Chromebook to enter text in most places where they may otherwise type. End users can use voice typing to enter, edit, and format text in Docs and Slides, all without a keyboard.
For users unable to use a traditional mouse and/or keyboard, Chrome OS delivers Switch Access, which allows you to interact with your Chrome OS device using one or more switches. Switch Access works by scanning the items on your screen until you make a selection.
There are many extensions that can also help users with disabilities enjoy the web. Check out this list of extensions for other tools that can alter Chrome to your users’ unique needs. As an admin, don’t forget you can manage and pre-install extensions of Chrome for your workforce.