G-Suite Accessibility Features: Part 1

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Today we’re going look at the wide variety of accessibility features that are available for Google’s G-Suite. The G-suite is a free, online collection of productivity apps that gives users access to E-mail, video conferencing, spreadsheets, and much more. These free apps are absolutely packed with built-in accessibility features that are constantly being modified and refined, making them a great choice for AT users who want a no-cost and highly accessible solution to everyday online tasks.

And to make it even easier for users to navigate the wide range of accessibility features that are available to G-suite users, Google has created an extensive guide to understanding and using these features across all Google supported devices. In fact, the guide is so extensive we’re going to synthesize and summarize the data into a simpler and more digestible format.

To see the full version of the G-suite accessibility guide, click here.

G-mail

G-mail is one of the most widely used free email services on the planet. It’s easy to use and comes with lots of convenient features and customization options, including a built-in spell checker. Signing in to G-mail also gives users instant access to Google Calendar, Notes, and Tasks.

Accessibility Features:
Screen Reader support
Keyboard shortcuts
Contrast options for visual impairments
Button customization

Google Calendar

Google Calendar allows users to create events, schedule reminders, and send invites to other users. Calendars also instantly syncs data across multiple devices, so you’ll always be on top of your daily tasks. And because Google Calendar seamlessly integrates with your G-mail account, reminders and events that are listed on your calendar can be sent directly via G-mail.

Accessibility Features:
Screen Reader support
Keyboard shortcuts

Google Drive

This free cloud service allows users to upload, edit, save, and share files. Information stored on the Google Drive can then be inserted into an email message via G-mail without any additional sign-ins.

Accessibility Features:
Screen Reader support
Keyboard shortcuts

Google Docs

Google Docs is a simple and straightforward word-processor. It has less features than Microsoft Word, but for a free app it offers users more than enough to create great-looking documents. Like with G-mail, signing in to Google Docs also gives users instant access to Google Calendar, Notes, and Tasks.

Accessibility Features:
Screen Reader support
Braille support
Type with your voice

 

Stay tuned for Part 2, coming next week!

Tags: apps, assistive technology, AT HelpDesk

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