- View the OUAC's Statement of Commitment to Accessibility.
- Obtain any document in an alternative format
Accessible Features Found on This Website
Skip to Content
This tool offers the option to skip to the main content of a web page, rather than having to go through a long list of navigation links, a sub list of links, a search link, a logo, etc. before getting to the "meat" of the page.
This feature is useful to anyone who experiences visual challenges. By clicking on the high contrast link, the contrast between foreground (text) and background is increased, allowing for people with low vision to interpret information on the screen in a high contrast environment.
All audio/video content available on this site is accompanied by text transcripts and close captioning.
Accessible Features That are Built Into Browsers
Magnify the Screen
Many web browsers allow you to zoom in on web pages using simple keyboard controls. The magnifier allows you to focus on specific parts of the screen, enlarging the text and other page elements.
- For Windows operating systems, press "Ctrl" and "+" to zoom in on a web page ("Ctrl" and "–" to zoom out).
- For Mac operating systems, press "Cmd" and "+" to zoom in on a Web page ("Cmd" and "–" to zoom out).
Customize the Mouse Pointer
You can customize a computer mouse pointer in several ways. For example, you can slow down the speed of the mouse pointer for easier handling. You can also change its appearance so that it contrasts more with the screen content.
Learn how to change mouse settings for Windows operating systems:
Learn how to change mouse settings for Mac operating systems:
Make the Computer Speak Out Loud
Many computers have text-reading features, but they can be limited in what they offer. For example Windows Narrator reads only menus and dialogue boxes, but not blocks of text. Windows Narrator is available in Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, or Windows 8.
For Microsoft Windows, software is available that offers more advanced screen-reading capabilities (both free and commercial). A popular free and open source screen reader is NVDA (NonVisual Desktop Access). The two most common commercial screen readers are JAWS and Window-Eyes.
For Mac users, VoiceOver is available as a standard part of the OS X operating system.
High Contrast heightens the color contrast of some text and images on your computer screen, making those items more distinct and easier to identify. You can change the contrast locally on your computer.
Open System Preferences and click "Universal". Select the "Seeing" pane. To reverse the display and show white text on a black background, choose the “White on black” option. There is also an option to remove all color and use a grayscale display. To make more gradual contrast adjustments, use the Enhance contrast slider.
- Open the "Make the computer easier to see" page by clicking the button, clicking Control Panel, clicking Ease of Access, clicking Ease of Access Center, and then clicking "Make the computer easier to see".
- Under "High Contrast", click "Choose a High Contrast color scheme".
- Appearance Settings dialog box, under Color Scheme, choose the High Contrast color scheme you want, and then click OK.
- Open Appearance Settings by clicking the Start button and then clicking Control Panel. In the search box, type "window color", and then click "Change window colors and metrics".
- Under "Basic and High Contrast Themes", click the high-contrast color scheme that you want to use.
- Go to Start, Control Panel and open choose "Accessibility Options"
- Choose the Display pane and check mark "High Contrast". Press Apply to save.