Improving Accessibility

Accessibility Options for Your Computer

Display Options

To change the colour and contrast of images displayed on your monitor, follow these steps:

  1. Click on Start located at the bottom, left corner of your monitor.
  2. Click on Settings and you will see a small window open on the right side called "Control Panel".
  3. Double click on Accessibility Options icon
  4. Click on the Display tab
  5. Chose the display options that are right for you.

High Contrast

By selecting High Contrast you are setting the background colour of your monitor to black and this will show all images and text in white or bright colours.

Keyboard Options

To configure keyboard options on your computer:

  1. Click on Start located at the bottom left corner of your monitor.
  2. Click on Settings and you will see a small window open on the right side called "Control Panel".
  3. Double click on Accessibility Options icon
  4. Click on the Keyboard tab
  5. Choose the Keyboard options that are right for you.

Sticky Keys

Sometimes you will need to hold down the SHIFT, ALT or CTRL keys and then press another key in order to perform a function on your computer. You can use "sticky keys" if you are unable to, or have difficulty pressing two keys at the same time. Sticky keys will allow you to press SHIFT, ALT or CTRL first, and then press the other key.

Filter Keys

Enabling filter keys tells your computer to ignore quick, brief keystrokes or to slow down the repeat rate. If you have difficulty double clicking on icons, use this option and your computer will wait for you.

Toggle Keys

By turning on toggle keys your computer will make a sound when you hit CAPS LOCK, NUM LOCK or SCROLL LOCK. The tone sounds different depending on whether you are turning the lock on or off.

Mouse Options

To make your mouse pointer more visible on your screen:

  1. Click on Start located at the bottom, left corner of your monitor.
  2. Click on Settings and you will see a small window open on the right side called "Control Panel".
  3. Double click on the mouse icon.
  4. Click on the Pointers tab at the top.
  5. Use the drop-down menu under Scheme and select the mouse display option that you would like.
  6. IE: For a large black mouse pointer, select Windows Black (large) or Windows Black (extra large)

To make your mouse pointer easier to follow on your screen:

  1. Click on Start located at the bottom, left corner of your monitor.
  2. Click on Settings and you will see a small window open on the right side called "Control Panel".
  3. Double click on the mouse icon.
  4. Click on the Pointer Options tab at the top.
  5. Under Visibility, you can enable a pointer trail which will give your mouse a tail so that you see more movement when you move it across your screen.
  6. You can also select Show location of pointer when I press CTR, which will use a large black circle to show you where your mouse pointer is when you hit the CTRL button on your keyboard.

Accessibility Options for Internet Explorer

Internet Explorer has several options for making Web sites easier to read.

Making Text and Images Larger
  • Using the Zoom button
    1. Move your mouse to the bottom right of the Internet Explorer window
    2. Click on the 100% button to toggle through the zoom settings
    3. Or click on the down icon to the right of the 100% button
    4. Select the zoom level that you would like.
  • Using quick keys on your keyboard
    1. Hold down the CTRL key on your keyboard.
    2. Use the + and – keys (next to the backspace key) to zoom in and out
  • Using your mouse
    1. Hold down the CTRL key on your keyboard.
    2. Use the scroll wheel on your mouse to zoom in and out.

Making Only the Text Larger

  • Changing Internet Explorer settings
    1. Click on View on your Internet Explorer menu.
    2. Click on Text Size and select the size that you would like the text to be displayed: Largest, Larger, Medium, Smaller or Smallest.

Accessibility Options for Firefox

For Firefox users, there are some additional accessibility features:

  • Set a Default Font Size for all pages
    1. Click on Tools.
    2. Click on Options.
    3. Click on Content.
    4. Click on Default Font Size.
    5. Select the Default font and Size that is best for you.

Firefox also allows you to use "Cursor Keys" to highlight parts of the Web site you are viewing without using your mouse. To enable cursor keys:

  • Enable Cursor Keys
    1. Click on Tools.
    2. Click on Options.
    3. Click on Advanced.
    4. Check the box next to Always use the cursor keys to navigate within pages.
      • Once this option is activated, you will see a blue box around the selected part of the Web site. Use the TAB button to scroll through the page.