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Advanced Accessibility Options for Students (General)
Advanced Accessibility Options for Students (General)

How students can make their interface work for them.

Niki Frisby avatar
Written by Niki Frisby
Updated over a week ago

Here at Typing Agent, we understand that some students have unique needs that require their technology to accommodate. Because we want everyone to learn in a comfortable, accessible, and engaging environment, we have a more advanced accessibility panel for students, should you choose to activate it.

If allowed by a teacher and a school administrator, students will see this wheelchair icon in the lower left-hand corner of their screen which will fly out into a panel.

Panel Options

Students have a myriad of options, such as the ability to allow a screen reader, set custom colors and contrast to suit visually impaired students, provide alt-text descriptions for images, change the cursor size and color, scale font and line spacing, change font styles and colors, transcribe text to spoken word, and disable blinking or flashing images.
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These options are available in 41 languages, and students can also turn off the panel and icon itself, should they choose to.
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Because these features provide so much customization and can be "fun" in some ways, we have restricted its use to everyone at large. Instead, we reserve this feature for teachers or administrators to activate and allow specific students who need it to access it. In so doing, other students will be unable to play around with it and waste precious time.

How To Enable: Administrator

By default, this feature is automatically enabled at the administrator level. Should the administrator not want it on for anybody, the administrator logs into the and clicks on School Management from the dashboard:

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Then, selecting the Settings tab:

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From here, they will toggle this feature off for teachers to enable by selecting the Accessibility Control checkbox:

Now, no one at the school or district can use it. That said, it is not wise to disable this feature for an entire school or district but rather trust that teachers will apply it wisely only for the students who need it.

How To Enable: Teacher:

Teachers can set this functionality for particular students once an administrator has selected this box. First, go to the classroom that the student is in:

Then, select the checkbox next to the student's name, and select Accommodations from the menu on the right.

From here, select the Accessibility Options tab.

Now, make sure Enable Accessibility Controls is checked. When finished, hit Apply.

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