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Alexa Accessibility

Alexa accessibility

Make more possible with Alexa

Alexa continues to open possibilities and new ways to experience the world. Alexa's accessibility features are helping people be more connected, more entertained, and more independent.

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This is Alexa for everyone

For useful reminders. For reaching out to friends and family. For help in the kitchen. For making your day a little easier. Explore how Alexa's accessibility features can fit into your life.

Discover paths to accessibility:

Hearing

Communicate and stay connected with Alexa.

Customers in Australia can ask Alexa to speak slower or speak faster, enabling Alexa to adapt to a diverse set of customer needs. Whether customers ask Alexa for the weather, the latest news, a sports update, about an upcoming event on their calendar, or for a definition, they can now choose from seven speeds – Alexa's standard speaking rate, four faster speaking rates, and two slower speaking rates.

Simply say, "Alexa, speak slower," or "Alexa, speak faster" to adjust Alexa's speech to the preferred pace on any Alexa-enabled device. To reset Alexa's speaking rate, simply say, "Alexa, speak at your default rate."

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Vision

Find new ways to get the information you need.

VoiceView reads aloud items on the screen.
Screen Magnifier allows you to enlarge the screen.
Colour Inversion exchanges colour values.
Colour Correction modifies the screen to assist with colour blindness.

VoiceView Screen Reader

"Alexa, turn on VoiceView."

VoiceView is a screen reader included with Echo devices with a screen. When enabled, VoiceView allows those who are blind or have impaired vision to use gestures to navigate the device while VoiceView reads aloud the actions made on screen.

And you can access more support with the official Vision Australia and the official Blind Low Vision New Zealand skill for Alexa. Click here to learn more about the Blind Low Vision skill.

Vision Australia

“Alexa, open Vision Australia”

The official Vision Australia skill for Alexa provides information about the range of services available, as well as access to live radio and episodes from sixteen of VA’s popular podcasts. You can also find out about office locations, or request a call back for assistance by asking, “Alexa, request a call back from Vision Australia”.

“Alexa, open Blind Low Vision”

The official Blind Low Vision New Zealand skill for Alexa provides information about the range of services available, including priority news and upcoming member events across the country. You can also find out about office locations, or request a call back for assistance by asking, “Alexa, request a call back from Blind Low Vision”.

Anyone with a print disability in New Zealand may be eligible to become a member of the Library, with access to more than 36,000 audio books, magazines and newspapers. Members just ask Alexa to find a book or magazine, and you can listen directly from your Alexa-enabled device.

Speech

Get help from Alexa without using speech.

Tap to Alexa

On supported Echo devices, once you enable Tap to Alexa, you can use Alexa without your voice by tapping the touchscreen to access helpful features like the weather, news, timers, and other information.

To enable:

  1. Say, "Go to settings," or swipe down from the top of the screen and select Settings.
  2. Select Accessibility.
  3. Enable the available features.

Calling and messaging without speech

Once Tap to Alexa is enabled on your Echo Show device, Alexa can be used to make calls and send messages without speech. It's a useful tool for people with speech impairments, or even for those not wanting to disturb others around them by speaking too loudly.

To set up:

  1. Say, "Go to settings," or swipe down from the top of the screen and select Settings.
  2. Select Accessibility.
  3. Enable Calling & Messaging Without Speech.

Mobility

Voice control can help unlock more ways to get things done.

Smart home devices controlled with voice

Alexa Routines are useful for making several things happen with a single request. You can set up a morning or evening routine for yourself or a loved one with Alexa. For example, you could have Alexa turn on the lights, read the news, and announce any appointments on the calendar for the day.

To learn how to set up a routine, click here.

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To learn more about Accessibility at Amazon, including features available across Kindle, Fire TV, Alexa and more, visit our Amazon help page.

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