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This is a guide about accessibility options available with TQLN resources.

Assistive Technology

What is Assistive and Adaptive Technology?

Assistive and Adaptive Technology includes, but is not limited to:

Screen Readers

Screen Readers are an assistive tool that read website and document text aloud.

  • Chrome or Internet Explorer 11 supports the Jaws screen reader.
  • Edge supports the Read Aloud screen reader.
  • Firefox supports the NVDA screen reader.
  • Safari supports the Voiceover screen reader.
  • Apple Mobile (Safari) supports the Voiceover screen reader.
  • Android Mobile (Chrome) supports the Talkback screen reader. 

Text to Speech

Text to Speech is a feature where the text on a screen is read aloud from top to bottom.  

  • Screen Readers are generally more intuitive and offer more options than Text-to-Speech tools.
  • Screen Readers may have additional features, such as Braille display, keyboard and skip navigation features.

Both Screen Readers and Text to Speech are designed to aid users:

  • with visual impairments
  • who are learning another language, such as English
  • with learning disabilities
  • that respond to and learn better through audio delivery of text

Keyboard Navigation

Keyboard Navigation is a method of navigating web pages and text documents without the use of a mouse. 

  • For Keyboard Navigation to work seamlessly, the web page or text document needs to have tab functionality.
  • Tabs need to flow from left to right.
  • There should be no keyboard traps on the web page.

Keyboard Navigation is designed to aid users with:

  • visual impairments
  • learning disabilities


Magnification enlarges the text on the screen.

  • This feature is designed for users with vision impairment, however, it is not recommended for those with no vision.
  • This function can enlarge text to a size that is easier for users to read.
  • The zoom in capabilities are dependent on the provider.
  • The magnification of text can assist with language learning and content understanding.
  • As a result, this tool can also aid readers with learning disabilities or are learning another language.

Magnification is designed to aid users with:

  • visual impairments
  • those who are learning another language, such as English
  • with learning disabilities

Colours and Contrasts

  • Some applications will have tools that adjust the colour contrast and brightness.
  • Designed to assist users with visual impairments.

Change of Fonts

  • You can download E Books and Articles into EPUB, HTML and PDF to enable font change options.
  • Designed to aid users with dyslexia and who are learning another language.

Closed Captions

  • Enables users to access verbal content on videos and audio recordings through visual captions.
  • Designed to assist users with hearing impairments or are learning another language.


  • Is an accessibility function available on most articles and some E Books.
  • Not all languages are available for translation, however, a good selection is generally available.
  • To access the translator option we recommend downloading documents to HTML format, not PDF.
  • Designed to aid users who speak another language.
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