Check out the accessibility policies in the Google Admin console for ChromeOS devices. They allow IT to manage these settings centrally for their users across their deployment. Some policies include: ChromeVox spoken feedback, Select-to-speak, and Dictation.
Customize Web page content and font sizes in Chrome
Chrome allows your workforce to change the size of everything on the website they visit, including text, images, and videos for improved digital accessibility. It’s also possible to change only the size of the font on a web page.
When using a screen reader in Chrome, you can get descriptions of unlabeled images. This accessibility solution for image descriptions is available in a large variety of languages including Croatian, Czech, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Hindi, Indonesian, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, and Turkish.
Your end users can update the color of their cursor to improve its visibility on ChromeOS. 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 the accessibility feature 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. ChromeOS also now supports live captions.
Select text to read aloud and shade background text with Select-to-speak
The select-to-speak accessibility feature 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 ChromeOS. Employees can utilize accessibility features like Voice Switching which automatically changes the screen reader’s voice based on the language of the text being read.
Dictation is an accessibility feature that 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, ChromeOS delivers Switch Access, an accessibility feature that allows you to interact with your ChromeOS device using one or more switches. Switch Access works by scanning the items on your screen until you make a selection.
Leverage extensions to improve digital accessibility
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.