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Accessibility tools for disabled students

1. Handsfree for Web - Voice Control

Browse the web using just your voice, navigating the web handsfree. There are hundreds of commands supported, everything you can do manually with the mouse and keyboard now you can do it just by talking to the computer.

2. LipSurf - Voice Control for the Web

Control the browser with your voice instead of your hands. Use speech recognition to fill forms, open tabs, click links etc!

Speech recognition for executing commands in the browser that would normally require a mouse and keyboard.

3. Speech Recognition Anywhere

Use Voice Recognition to fill out forms and dictate email with speech to text. Control the Internet with custom voice commands!

4. VoiceNote II - Speech to text

Typing with your voice and speech recognition.

5. Google ChromeVox

The ChromeVox screen reader is an extension to Chrome that brings the speed, versatility, and security of Chrome to visually impaired users. 


A free and open source screen reader that has a synthetic voice that reads whatever the cursor hovers over.

7. Read Aloud: A Text to Speech Voice Reader

Read out loud the current web-page article with one click. Supports 40+ languages.

8. Speak It

Speak It app converts text into speech on any websites in six supported languages. Select words or paragraphs and then right click on this text to listen.  

9. Text To Speech Note

Text to speech with natural sounding voices. Supports PDF, Word, ebooks, Webpages...And You Can Save it as Notes

10. Zoom for Google Chrome

It helps you to zoom easily in and out on web content using the zoom button and mouse scroll wheel for more comfortable reading. 

11. Read&Write for Google Chrome

This tool offers a range of powerful support tools to help you gain confidence with reading, writing, studying and research, including:

  • Text-to-speech to hear words, passages, or whole documents read aloud with easy-to-follow dual color highlighting
  • Text and picture dictionaries to see the meaning of words explained
  • With speech-to-text, dictate words to assist with writing, proofreading & studying
  • Word prediction offers suggestions for the current or next word as you type
  • Collect highlights from text in documents or the web for summarizing and research
  • Create and listen to voice notes directly inside of Google Docs
  • Simplify and summarize text on web pages to remove ads and other copy that can be distracting

Teachers can get a FREE premium subscription to Read&Write for Google Chrome.  To register and activate your subscription, go to after installing the Read&Write for Google Chrome trial.  

12. ImTranslator: Translator, Dictionary, Text-to-Speech

ImTranslator translates selected text, words (Dictionary), phrases and webpages between more than 100 languages using 3 translation providers:

Google, Microsoft Bing and other translators. It allows you to listen to the translation as well as to the original text in ImTranslator Pop-up Bubble.

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Accessibility tools for course developers

1. Colour Contrast Checker

Contrast and colour use are vital to accessibility. This tool checks the contrast between different colour to meet the Level AA WCAG standards.

2. WAVE Evaluation Tool

WAVE facilitates human evaluation and educates about accessibility issues. It evaluates web accessibility within the Chrome browser.

3. Accessibility Insights for Web

This tool helps developers quickly find and fix accessibility issues. Learn more at

4. Silktide - Screen Reader Simulator

You can use this Web browser plugin to see how a screen reader would behave on your website. It will help you identify areas to improve the user experience of your website for people who use screen readers.