Making www.socialsecurity.gov Accessible

The Social Security Administration is committed to making our programs, benefits, services and facilities, and information and communications technology accessible to everyone, in accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act (29 U.S.C. 794d), and relevant implementing regulations.
To make it easier to use our website, we have placed the BrowseAloud tool on our Accessibility page at www.socialsecurity.gov/accessibility/. We also highlight the other accessibility features and adjustments you can use to improve your experience on the website.
Visit the Web Accessibility Help section on the page and notice that there are four different situations for which we describe features or adjustments to help you access the website more easily. You can click on sections dealing with low vision, blindness, deaf or hard of hearing and difficulty using the mouse or keyboard.
If you have trouble seeing web pages, we provide information to explain how to use your computer or web browser to make it easier to view web pages on socialsecurity.gov. You will be able to increase your text size, magnify your screen, change background and text colors, and make your mouse pointer more visible.
BrowseAloud may also help those who have mild visual impairments. BrowseAloud is designed for people who find it hard to read online. It reads the text of the webpage to the individual and can also help people with learning disabilities or who speak English as a second language. To learn how to use the tool, visit this link: http://www.socialsecurity.gov/accessibility/browseAloud.html.
If you are blind, you can get information about how to use your computer, web browser, and assistive technology to use the keyboard to navigate screens and forms, get link details using Title Attributes, and save & print forms and confirmation numbers.
If you find a mouse or keyboard hard to use, we provide instructions on how to use your speech recognition software to navigate our webpages and online services. It also includes a section on how to train Dragon Naturally Speaking software.
If you are deaf or hard of hearing, the accessibility features that may assist you are volume control, transcripts, and captioning. It is important to note that all information and alerts conveyed through audio are also conveyed visually.
Social Security strives to make our website accessible for everyone. We want to spread the word about the features available to those who might otherwise have trouble accessing the useful information on our website. So, give our assistive features a trial run and be sure to tell your friends and family about the successful experience you had using our website.


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