[Athen] google gmail, google drive accessibility

Tonu Mikk tmikk at umn.edu
Wed Oct 28 14:19:02 PDT 2015

I was curious about this too and tried attaching a Google drive document
with JAWS and Firefox. I was able to browse the drive documents and hear
their titles and attach them to the email. It took a bit of experimenting
using the Tab key and arrow keys, but it worked. Google apps work best
with JAWS and Firefox combination:
https://support.google.com/drive/answer/6034939?hl=en .

Regarding the second question I would think it is always worth a try to use
the vendor recommended screenreader/browser combination.

On Wed, Oct 28, 2015 at 3:28 PM, Howard Kramer <hkramer at ahead.org> wrote:

> (Please excuse the cross-posts)


> Does anyone know if google gmail and drive are yet accessible to

> screenreaders such as JAWS and NVDA? We recently had a student report

> working with a team of students where it was required to attached documents

> from Google drive via email. This student was using JAWS with Google gmail.

> Reportedly, she could open up the gmail dialogue to attach a document but

> could not read any document names from drive to select the appropriate

> file. Has anyone else encountered this issue?


> One other - perhaps larger - question: what do you do if an application

> such as Gmail with Google Drive only works with a screenreader/browser

> combination a student AT user does not regularly use. Where is the line -

> or is there a point - where you require the student to use a different

> technology?


> Thanks in advance.


> -Howard




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Tonu Mikk
Adaptive Technologist | Disability Resource Center |
University of Minnesota | umn.edu
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