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[[!meta title="Accessibility"]]
Tails and the GNOME desktop include assistive technologies to support users with various impairments and special needs, and to interact with common assistive devices.
Universal access menu
You can activate most of these technologies from the universal access menu (the
[[!img lib/preferences-desktop-accessibility.png alt="Universal Access" class="symbolic" link="no"]]
icon which looks like a person) in the top bar:
[[!img desktop/accessibility.png link="no"
alt="Universal Access menu with the following options (disabled
by default): High Contrast, Zoom, Large Text, Screen Reader, Screen Keyboard,
Visual Alters, Sticky Keys, Slow Keys, Bounce Keys, and Mouse Keys"]]
These technologies are documented in more details in the [GNOME universal access documentation](https://help.gnome.org/users/gnome-help/stable/a11y.html).
Keyboard shortcuts
<tr><td>Turn screen reader on or off</td><td>Alt+Super+S</td></tr>
<tr><td>Turn zoom on or off</td><td>Alt+Super+8</td></tr>
To access the universal access menu using the keyboard:
Press <span class="keycap">Ctrl+Alt+Tab</span> to move the keyboard focus to the top bar.
Use the arrow keys on the keyboard to select the universal access menu.
Press <span class="bold">Enter</span> to open the menu.
Use the up and down arrow keys to select items in the menu.
Press <span class="bold">Space</span> to toggle the selected item.
Press <span class="bold">Esc</span> to close the menu.
Screen reader
To hear screen elements spoken to you, you can activate the
<span class="guilabel">Screen Reader</span> accessibility feature.
For more detailed documentation refer to the official [<span
class="application">Orca</span> Screen Reader