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Top 25 Google Chrome Extensions for Accessibility

Top 25 Google Chrome Extensions for Accessibility


Published: Aug. 20, 2020Updated: Oct. 5, 2023

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Students with disabilities and the families who support them often find it more challenging to meet their educational goals at home without the assistance they usually receive at school. Fortunately, Google Chrome offers a variety of extensions and applications that can be downloaded to your home computer.

We’ve noted information such as reading level when available and pricing if an extension isn't free. Please let us know if anything on this list (or elsewhere) has been particularly helpful for your child!

Text-to-Speech Chrome Extensions

  1. Read Aloud: A Text-to-Speech Voice Reader

This text-to-speech software can be used as an extension in both Google Chrome and Firefox and will read out loud any text with one click. It can be activated by clicking the Read Aloud icon on the Chrome menu, using shortcut keys, or selecting the text you want to be read aloud. There are many different voices to choose from, and reading speed and pitch can also be adjusted. In-app purchases range from $0.99 to $2.99 per item

  1. Read&Write for Google Chrome

Read&Write for Google Chrome allows the user to personalize documents, webpages, and files in Google Drive to be more accessible. Features include text-to-speech with dual-color highlighting, text and visual dictionaries, dictation, predictive text, collective highlighting, voice notes, and distraction-free ad removal. Cost: FREE 30-day trial, then $145.00 per year for a single license. Teachers can access the software for free; reach out to your child’s teacher to find out if they can help you get free access.

  1. Announcify

Announcify is a Google Chrome extension that allows the user to hear text read aloud without needing to highlight the text. It displays the text in a more readable format and grays out all surrounding text to allow for more clarity. The user can set the voice that reads the text, along with speed and pitch.

  1. Snap&Read

Snap&Read is a multifunctional app that allows students to have both accessible and inaccessible text read aloud. It also levels vocabulary for comprehension and offers translation services. It is accessible through Google Chrome, iPad, Microsoft Edge, Kindle Cloud Reader, Bookshare, and any online document or PDF. Cost: FREE trial; $60/year for individual access.

Speech-to-Text Chrome Extensions

  1. VoiceIn Voice Typing

VoiceIn is Dictanote’s speech-to-text software, made available in a handy Google Chrome extension. This extension is available in 40 languages and can be used for email dictation, voice typing, and even practicing language pronunciation.

Readability Chrome Extensions

  1. Mercury Reader

Mercury Reader allows you to only view the important content of a site by blocking ads and all other distractions. You can also adjust the text and send articles to a Kindle device.

  1. OpenDyslexic Font for Chrome

OpenDyslexic is an open source font that increases readability for those with dyslexia. This Google Chrome extension overrides all fonts on webpages with the OpenDyslexic font and formats pages to be more easily readable.

  1. Dyslexia Friendly

This Google Chrome extension replaces the font on websites with OpenDyslexic or Comic Sans for easier readability, provides contrast between paragraphs, and includes a highlighted bar to help users stay on the correct line while reading.

  1. BeeLine Reader

BeeLine Reader helps make reading faster and easier by using a color gradient to guide users’ eyes while they read. The simple technology has been honored by the United Nations, and independent research shows that it has greatly benefitted readers in special education. Cost: FREE for two weeks; $1.99 per month with annual discounts. Teachers can apply for free access for K–12 students.

  1. ATbar

Combining many accessibility tools into one toolbar, ATbar is available for most browsers and allows you to change the way you view and interact with webpages. You can change the look and feel, font size, have text read aloud, use colored overlays, and access a dictionary, spell check, and word prediction.

  1. Visor

Acting as a screen dimmer and reading aid, this extension can help with fluency, eye strain, concentration, and comprehension while reading. Its features can be helpful for users with visual perceptual difficulties such as dyslexia, scotopic sensitivity syndrome, and visual stress. The point-of-focus feature is designed to help with the tendency to skip lines.

  1. High Contrast

This tool allows you to choose from several high-contrast color filters that are designed to make text easier to read. After installation, all pages are inverted (so black becomes white and white becomes black). You can toggle it on and off and customize settings on a site-by-site basis.

Reading Comprehension Extensions

  1. Google Dictionary

Just by double-clicking any word or phrase, you can view its definition in a small pop-up bubble. Words are automatically translated to your language of choice, and you can store words to practice them later. Note that the pop-up bubble will not work in tabs that were open prior to installation. After installing this extension, either reload your open tabs or restart Chrome.

  1. Ginger

This spelling and grammar checker helps improve written English communication and includes a contextual grammar and spell checker, synonyms, translations, and a dictionary. It also provides suggestions for rephrasing text so you can convey messages with more clarity. There’s even an option to save your text for later use, and it syncs across all platforms.

  1. Lucidchart

For visual learners, this Google Chrome app allows users to organize their thoughts using graphics. The diagramming tool includes hundreds of templates and examples, such as flowcharts, Venn diagrams, graphic organizers, mind maps, organizational charts, and more.

  1. Newsela

This Google Chrome app adapts news articles to your child’s reading level while empowering them to apply reading comprehension strategies like highlighting and annotating digital text. Articles are published at five different reading levels with built-in assessments to engage students. FREE with registration. Reading level: Grades K–12.

  1. SMMRY

Summarize any online article using the SMMRY website. It reduces the text to only the most important sentences. This tool works with any text, including PDFs. Simply paste the link to the article or upload a file and SMMRY will give you an easy-to-understand synopsis.

Focus Extensions

  1. Auto Highlight

Auto Highlight is a Google Chrome Extension that automatically highlights the important information in articles, similar to an article summarizer.

  1. Simple Blocker

Simple Blocker boosts productivity and readability by blocking websites (such as Facebook or Reddit) and subdomains (like news.google.com) so users can focus on the task at hand without being distracted. This extension also has a sleep timer, which allows you to block websites for a set amount of time.

  1. Move It

This great extension informs users when it’s time to take a break and get active. After setting a time interval, a random “brain break” and physical exercise will pop up at the designated time. This can also help both students and adults monitor their time spent on the computer.

  1. Google Keep Chrome Extension

Google Keep helps you store quotes, websites, and images that you find and want to save for later. They can be synced across all the platforms you use, including iOS and Android. You can also add notes and labels to keep things organized.

  1. MagicScroll Web Reader

This unique scrolling system transforms web pages into a book-like interface, making it easier to read without distractions. Once you install the extension, click on the small book icon at the top of your toolbar; clicking this after navigating to any web page will transform the page and eliminate the need for scrolling.

  1. CrxMouse Chrome Gestures

This extension customizes mouse gestures to make navigating easy and simple. Users can even program their own custom mouse gestures to open programs and perform other tasks.

  1. Click-free Browsing

For users who have difficulty clicking a mouse, this Google Chrome Extension adds on-screen navigation icons that a user can hover over, prompting the link to be clicked for you. You can also switch between tabs without clicking.

  1. Caret Browsing

This tool provides a movable cursor that allows you to select text with keyboard commands, making navigation easier.

Are there other browser extensions you and your family use for disability accessibility? Let us know what's been helpful!

Contents


Overview

Text-to-Speech Chrome Extensions

Speech-to-Text Chrome Extensions

Readability Chrome Extensions

Reading Comprehension Extensions

Focus Extensions

Navigation Extensions

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