helpAccess for Blindness
- Autoplay Blocker
- Important Links & Info
- Shortcuts Genie
- Muting Tabs
An estimated 150 million people worldwide are sightless and internet users among them depend on screen readers to navigate the web. Many blind web users are new to screen readers every year and many have trouble migrating from one screen reader to another.
A host of features like SkipNav which lets users instantly navigate to their favourite spots, accessMore which unlocks parts of a webpage that would otherwise not be navigable, Shortcuts Genie which lets users get the most out of their screen reader, Important Links and Info from every page, Autoplay Blocker and Muting Tabs, all aim at turning everyone into power users, making them more productive and competent for work. A first of its kind anywhere, helpAccess features for blind users are poised to make a difference.
This feature allows vision impaired users to navigate to their favourite spots on a website in a single step , skipping everything in between.
The extension will be able to determine parts of the page that are not keyboard accessible but might hold useful information and automagically makes it available to screen-reader users who would miss it otherwise.
This will help screen-reader users learn useful shortcuts from the over 300+ shortcuts available in different screen-readers to help them better navigate the web.
Dear @Hermesparcels I’m registered blind & finding a contact number on your website is extremely impossible, you’ve had my parcel 5 days now & I would to find out if you intend to deliver it soon, can you provide me with a contact number so we can discuss this please !!— Ian JB White 🏴 (@IanJBWhite) December 11, 2019
Provides quick access to the website-owner contact information including phone numbers, social-media handles and other important links on the webpage at a single glance so that users don't have to spend a lot of time searching for it.
Website Features That Annoy Screen Reader Users— MLV Foundation Inc (@MLVFoundation) September 1, 2020
A missing alt caption, an auto-playing video, unlabelled buttons, poor use of headings, inaccessible web forms...can make the difference between being able to use a website independently or not for blind and visually impaired people
When reading content, there may be moving elements that change the context for a screen-reader user. helpAccess stops moving content and autoplay videos so that users can comfortably browse listening to the screen-reader without interruptions.
Quickly mute tabs that play audio to give the screen-reader its control back.
Around 400 million people navigate the web with difficulty caused by some form of low vision.
Close to 700 million people with dyslexia seek better ways to comprehend the web
Over 300 million people with ADHD need fewer distractions when they’re online
Hundreds of millions of blind, motor impaired and expert users who prefer using only the keyboard to navigate
Hundreds of millions of a growing elderly population can benefit from customized websites
Everyone can benefit from more productivity, reduced eye strain and better learning and communication capabilities.