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The frequency of new devices and configurations every year means your website quickly grows outdated.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.
Close the gap between compliance and accessibility instantly with this powerful cloud-based website toolbar.
How it works
VoiceCommand 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.
ReaderWeb 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.
GreeterWebsite 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).
Site MenuSimplified 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.
MoveEasily relocate Toolbar
This option allows users to locate the Toolbar were they choose and it remembers it on future visits.
Accessibility AssistantEnables all accessibility features
Opens a portal to accessible options and features.
Keyboard CommandsWhen 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.
RefreshRestoration 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.
Grey ScalePrint without color
Some people prefer the ambiance of a grey scale format with shades of black on white canvas.
High ContrastExtreme 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.
ContrastColor blind correction
Changes the color scheme to one of two formats useful for men or woman with some form of color blindness.
Text SizeChange text size
Increase or decrease text size for greater readability.
Readable TextReadable 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.
LinksPronounced 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.
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.
SettingsConfigure 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.
CommandsList 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.
CertificationSeal 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.
NotificationsVisual 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.
CloseHide 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.