How People With Disabilities Navigate The Web

Assistive Technology (AT) provides a variety of ways for people with disabilities to navigate the web. However, websites must also be designed to be accessible for certain disabilities that do not require AT. Here are some examples how AT helps users navigate the web:

  • For individuals who are blind or have limited vision, AT screen readers are used to navigate a website by reading to the user what is on the screen.
  • For individuals with limited dexterity, AT like speech recognition software allows a user to use their voice to navigate the webpage.
  • For individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing, closed captioning of videos allows them to read information that would otherwise be inaccessible.

For more detailed descriptions of how users with color blindness, repetitive stress injuries, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Dyslexia and short term memory loss use the web, the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has great Stories of Web Users.


Federal and State digital accessibility laws, as well as other regulations that inform accessibility requirements.

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