Google Centralizes Accessibility Efforts

    October 19, 2009
    Chris Crum

Google announced the launch of a new accessibility site for the company late on Friday. The site serves as a central location where users of Google products can find information about the company’s efforts on the accessibility front.

The site includes links to official blog posts that discuss the topic and a place to leave feedback. The site also contains accessibility resources for Google products like:

– Android
– Calendar
Google Accessibility– Chrome
– Docs
– Earth
– Gmail
– Maps
– Reader
– Spreadsheets
– Video
– YouTube
– And the AxsJAX framework

Google’s Accessibility Mission as described on the site:

Information access is at the core of Google’s mission – to make the world’s information universally accessible and useful. That’s why in addition to crawling, indexing and ranking billions of websites, images, videos and other content, we also work to make that content available in all languages and in accessible formats.

We want to make information available to everyone, and that includes people with disabilities, such as blindness, visual impairment, color deficiency, deafness, hearing loss and limited dexterity. We’ve found that providing alternative access modes like keyboard shortcuts, captions, high-contrast views and text-to-speech technology helps everyone, not just people with disabilities. For example, keyboard shortcuts help power users get things done more quickly without using a mouse, speech-to-text technology enables people to skim and search audio content, and custom product themes give people more opportunities to personalize.

If users can’t find the Google accessibility information they seek, they can leave feedback, but there is also a help center available, where answers may come more quickly.