It may seem that cellphones and other technologies are geared towards able-bodied people, but smartphones actually have many features that allow for easy communication for everyone. In fact, smartphones and other digital solutions have allowed us to embrace inclusivity and diversity. For example, did you know that there are numerous accessibility features and apps that can make navigating your smartphone easier if you have a speech, hearing or visual impairment? Here are 5 to get your started.
1. Android Accessibility Suite
As of 2018, users of TalkBack also gained access to Switch Access and Select to Speak with the launch of the Android Accessibility Suite. TalkBack is a text-to-speech functionality – it allows people who have a visual impairment to “hear” what is on their screen. With Select to Speak, you can have a selected part of your screen read out loud. You can also point your camera at images or text and hear it described. Switch Access allows you to control your phone without using a touchscreen.
This app is built into many Android devices. Look for the Accessibility menu under Settings. If you don't see it there, click here to download the Android Accessibility Suite.