Now that school has begun I want to shine a spotlight on the chromebook. I know that these computer models are not new but I want to highlight the built-in accessibility that is available. I believe that the chromebook is one of the most affordable options for those who are blind or have low vision.
The chromebook comes with a screen reader called Chromevox, it is fully accessible out of the box. The computer turns on when you lift the top, you will be taken to a sign in page. It is very easy to activate the screen reader right from the sign in screen.
- Press control, alt and z at the same time to turn the screen reader on and off.
I was so thankful that I was able to set up my chromebook on my own without any sighted assistance.
I will mention that the chromebook is mainly for searching the internet and taking notes and writing papers or creating presentations, and it has a webcam that can be used for meetings. I would not recommend it for gaming.
Here is a short video I shared on my Instagram page where I give a short demo on how it works.
I hope that this is a helpful tip for anyone looking for an affordable and accessible laptop.