Accessibility Assistant Toolbar

Making a website fully compliant to the various standards takes time and expertise. But what do you do until than? Add the Accessibility Assistant Toolbar for instant accessibility to your site. The Toolbar is not a substitute for fixing website errors but it does ad an layer of accessibility and fills the gap between what you have now and what you will have once you complete your accessibility upgrades.

The frequency of new devices and configurations every year means your website quickly grows outdated. If you have used our Audit & Compliance tool to fix and improve all your website accessibility problems, the Accessibility Assistant Toolbar continues to provide assistive access to your website. Use of the Toolbar does more than just assist people of disabilities, it opens the door to new user experiences for mobile and hand held devices that your website may not be well suited for.

Toolbar
 

Close the gap between compliance and accessibility instantly with this powerful cloud-based website toolbar.


 
 

How it works

The Accessibility Assistant Toolbar is loaded into the users web browser cache the first time they access a page on your site. The toolbar uses HTML5/JavaScript to appear above your web page and interact with the web browser and our servers. Users consider it a natural but familiar addition to your website and can use it to access your site or they can choose to close it. The toolbar does not require your website to be changed to operate, however, making your site accessible is the best way to insure the toolbar can operate at maximum effectiveness and efficiency.

 
 

Toolbar Includes:

 
Microphone button

Voice

Command the browser using your voice
 

Users can use voice commands to control the Toolbar, navigate the website and capture text web forms and small documents.

 
Play button

Reader

Web page is read to the user
 

Users can have the web page read to them in there preferred language and speed. This replaces the traditional screen reader and removes the need for external software. This reader responds to user interaction by mouse, keyboard or Voice commands to make the listening experience interactive. An audio prompt is given to users letting them know when voice command or action can be taken in response to what was read. New multimedia capabilities have also made it possible to read closed captions and audio from videos or animations.

 
Welcome popup

Greeter

Website and Toolbar introduction
 

Audio and visual greeting and explanation to new users about the website and use of Toolbar. It remembers previous settings and avoids confusion. Unlike other toolbars, readers and accessibility platforms, Accessibility Assistant assume all users are first time and does not require them to have training or knowledge of the tool to use properly. The greeter also presents to the user for a Toolbar tour, to continue to the website or close the assitive technology if they prefer to use there own. The main message can be customized to suite your website's needs or disabled (not recommended).

 
Menu button

Site Menu

Simplified accessible site navigation
 

Simplifies and optimizes the site menu for keyboard users and individuals with cognitive disabilities. It also integrates with Accessibility Assistant Simple Stream Navigator to optimize how users engage your site without a mouse with or without voice and audio reading.

 
Muve button

Move

Easily relocate Toolbar
 

This option allows users to locate the Toolbar were they choose and it remembers it on future visits.

 
AsabilityAS button

Accessibility Assistant

Enables all accessibility features
 

Opens a portal to accessible options and features.

 
Keyboard button

Keyboard Commands

When mouse and voice are not necessary
 

Many visually impaired users prefer to use only the computer keyboard for all interactions. Enabling this option stops the voice and visual prompts and provides keyboard commands. The choice of commands is also closable depending on the users needs. By default users can rely on ISO standard for accessible keyboard commands or they can use the Accessibility Assistant preferred commands that simplify and give focus on extended access.

 
Refresh button

Refresh

Restoration of Toolbar and accessibility features
 

When configurations and user changes result in loss of desired functionality it can be reset to defaults without closing the web browser or needing to restart your website journey.

 
Gray Scale button

Grey Scale

Print without color
 

Some people prefer the ambiance of a grey scale format with shades of black on white canvas.

 
High Contrast button

High Contrast

Extreme color correction
 

Some people require that text transpose to a format of extreme contrast often black/white to avoid color and shades which are not always visible to people with eye problems or devices in bright environments.

 
Contrast button

Contrast

Color blind correction
 

Changes the color scheme to one of two formats useful for men or woman with some form of color blindness.

 
Text Options button

Text Size

Change text size
 

Increase or decrease text size for greater readability.

 
Readable button

Readable Text

Readable Text
 

Not all text is readable in a format for people with disabilities. This option will change website text to a suitable size and style for most types of disability and improve the overall readability.

 
Links button

Links

Pronounced links and buttons
 

This option makes links and buttons stand out from normal page text and design by adding highlights and voice emphasis by the reader.

 
Help button

Help

Accessible Support
 

Provides a dialog that end users can see what features are supported by there browser with links to special pages for Keyboard & Audio support, Platform Support and Technical support. Each page is complete with prerecorded audio reading just in case they are having a problem with the Toolbar reader or voice commands. In addition there is an easy form to report problems that our engineers remediate and notify the end-users of resolution.

 
Setting button

Settings

Configure the Toolbar and accessibility options
 

Set page defaults for page read or language preferences including volume. Set the speed and rate of reading, voice command acceptance and mouse and keyboard operation. Change color settings including how Links option indicates a link or button. All settings are first set according to the website design setup in Accessibility Assistant Dashboard and are which are allowed by license; than are given to user-specific options.

 
Command button

Commands

List of voice commands
 

This button opens a dialog that presents all the keyboard and voice commands and there actions both built-in and custom. It is organized by groups to make interaction more isolated to the task at hand. Like all dialogs of the Toolbar they are read or visualized according to the settings and preferred user experience. Commands are divided into Navigation, Menu, Search, Form, Dictation and active auxiliary.

 
Certification button

Certification

Seal of verification of accessibility
 

This button opens a dialog that presents your websites Accessibility Statement as well as any certifications gained showing your commitment to accessibility.

 
Notifications

Notifications

Visual confirmation of reading
 

To indicate received voice commands and re-enforce media reading were text may otherwise not be visible temporary notifications appear on the site in order as they appear.

 
Close button

Close

Hide or shutdown the Toolbar
 

When the Toolbar is no longer needed or shall be hidden from view it can be closed and re-opened at any time.

 
 

The Accessibility Assistant Toolbar is the most practical and feature rich assistive toolbar available. The Toolbar can be configured individually by every user to make features only they need more accessible. Features can also be added, dropped or configured for all users according to your company / website rules, policies and design decisions. Users can engage changes at the Toolbar and administrators can access the Configuration page from within the Accessibility Assistant Dashboard. Site developers can likewise add script to individual pages that configure the toolbars capabilities, location and more.

The Accessibility Assistant Toolbar is frequently improved with those benefits directly pass down to your users at no additional cost. Site owners can elect to remain at key update versions or can remain with auto-update. Since our technology is cloud based all updates only effect our servers and at no time do they change your server or data. We continue to enhance and explore new features that improve website use for various types of disabilities so you don't have to keep up with current trends in accessibility.