5 Chrome Tools for People with Special Needs

first_imgI’ve gotten several requests for Google Chrome extensions for different special needs in recent months.  I did a piece on 7 available extensions for learning disabilities back in November 2015.  However, due to the demand, I thought I’d discuss a few more!While my original post was written primarily for students with learning disabilities, this post will discuss options for individuals with ADHD, dyslexia, low vision, and more.5 Chrome Tools for Special Needs:1. Mercury Reader:Ideal for: ADHD, low visionFirst up on the list is a helpful tool that makes any website easier to read.  Once it’s installed, users simply click the rocket ship on the upper right-hand side to remove ads, comments, and other distractions.Features:Removes distracting items from any website such as ads, comments, noisesAbility to adjust typeface and text size, and toggle between light or dark themesQuick keyboard shortcut (COMMAND + ESC for Mac; ALT + ‘ for Windows users) to switch to Reader on any article pageAbility to send items to Kindle2. OpenDyslexic:Ideal for: DyslexiaOpenDyslexic is an open source font created to increase readability for individuals with dyslexia.  It is continually being updated and improved based on input from users with dyslexia.  The OpenDyslexic Chrome extension overrides all fonts on websites with the OpenDyslexic font, and formats pages to be easier to read.Features:Transforms every website font into OpenDyslexic typeface so it’s easier for those with dyslexia to readLetters have heavy-weighted bottoms so readers are able to quickly figure out which part of the letter is downUnique shapes of each letter can help prevent confusion through flipping and swappingExtension can be easily toggled on or offUnlike many other typefaces, OpenDyslexic is completely free for everyone3. Simple Blocker:Ideal for: ADHDSimple Blocker is an easy-to-uses Chrome tool which allows you to blow specific websites.  It was designed with students in mind, but can be beneficial to anyone who is easily distracted.Features:Can block specific subdomains (e.g. news.google.com) or entire websites (facebook.com)Built-in sleep timer allows users to block pages for a set amount of timeClean, simple user interfaceBlocks an unlimited amount of websites, subdomains, and pagesUsers can even block the Chrome Extensions menu, which will force them to focus on their work4. Vimium:Ideal for: People who can’t operate computer miceOperating a traditional computer mouse is challenging or even impossible for some people.  This is where Vimium comes in.  In sum, it provides keyboard shortcuts for navigation and control for people who find it difficult or tiring to use a computer mouse.Features:Vimium can operate on every page except for Chrome Web StoreAllows users to operate websites through use of keyboardClick here to learn about the different keyboard shortcuts available through Vimium5. ATbar:Ideal for: Low vision, dyslexia, learning disabilitiesATbar is an open-source, cross-browser toolbar that helps users customize the way they view and interact with web pages.Features:Includes overlays, dictionary, text-to-speech functions, word prediction, and moreUsers can increase or decrease font sizes, have text read to them, and so much more Three available versions:Download version stays available when users move pages and is made up of standard functionsLite version acts in a similar way to a bookmark or favorite and has to be selected each time users visit a new websiteMarketplace version allows users to build their own ATbar, by choosing plug-ins to suit their needs then save the custom-made bar as a bookmark Share this…TwitterFacebookPinterestLinkedInEmailPrint Related7 Google extensions & apps for learning disabilitiesNovember 4, 2015In “Apps”AM242- Word Bank for Google ChromeJuly 7, 2017In “Accessibility Minute”Snapverter Add-On for Read&WriteSeptember 26, 2017In “Learning Disabilities”last_img read more