3-3 Assistive Technologies

3-3.1 Description

Assistive technology is used in the Postal Service desktop environment to help people with disabilities access computer systems and data or information. Examples include the following:

  1. A screen reader that converts text to speech.
  2. A screen magnifier that enlarges the screen display.
  3. Speech–to–text software that converts speech to text or software commands.
  4. Keyboard alternatives such as split or natural keyboards.
  5. Shortcut keys for all mouse actions.

These types of technology are used to accommodate employees. They are also used to verify that desktop software and websites are accessible. Section 508 does not require the Postal Service or other government agencies to provide assistive technology to the general public but must provide accessible information and data. Federal agencies and the Postal Service must provide employees with assistive technologies necessary to perform their work.