General information

You’re familiar with a keyboard as a hardware device. What you may not know is that most assistive technology — specialized keyboards, screen readers, and other inputs — mimic keyboards in their communication with the browsers and operating systems.

That means that if your website or application is accessible using a basic keyboard, all of those other assistive technologies will (generally) work as well.

Types of keyboards

In addition to standard keyboards, people with disabilities may use:

  • A vertical keyboard with a mouth stick
  • A one-handed keyboard
  • An expanded keyboard


Read Can you reach anything that’s interactive using the tab key? by Accessibility for Teams.

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