CDC estimates that one in 4 U.S. adults – 61 million Americans – have a disability that impacts major life activities, according to a report in CDC’s Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report 2018;67:882–887. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15585/mmwr.mm6732a3 The most common disability type, mobility, affects 1 in 7 adults. With age, disability becomes more common, affecting about 2 in 5 adults age 65 and older.
Source: CDC Press Release (August 16, 2018) https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2018/p0816-disability.html
What are assistive technologies and why are they important?
screen magnifiers, and other visual reading assistants, which are used by people with visual, perceptual and physical print disabilities to change text font, size, spacing, color, synchronization with speech, etc. in order to improve the visual readability of rendered text and images
screen readers, which are used by people who are blind to read textual information through synthesized speech or braille;
text-to-speech software, which is used by some people with cognitive, language, and learning disabilities to convert text into synthetic speech
speech recognition software, which may be used by people who have some physical disabilities
alternative keyboards, which are used by people with certain physical disabilities to simulate the keyboard (including alternate keyboards that use head pointers, single switches, sip/puff and other special input devices)
alternative pointing devices, which are used by people with certain physical disabilities to simulate mouse pointing and button activations
Source: W3C Web Accessibility Initiative WAI Accessibility Guidelines Working Group https://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG21/
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What features does Adobe Acrobat have for users? Features to Support the Reading of PDFs by People with Disabilities:
All versions of Adobe Acrobat DC, Adobe Acrobat Reader DC, Acrobat Standard DC and Acrobat Pro DC provide support for the accessible reading of PDF files by persons with disabilities:
What features does Adobe Acrobat have for document creators? Features to Support the Creation of Accessible PDFs: