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eSSENTIAL Accessibility

A virtual wheelchair for the web

The icon on the right of your screen confirms that BC Ferries supports eSSENTIAL Accessibility, a new assistive technology for web navigation aimed at helping people who have trouble typing, moving a mouse or reading.

eSSENTIAL Accessibility features a webcam-based hands-free movement tracking system, a page reader, predictive typing and other customizable options to make surfing the web more accessible.

This free assistive technology can be used on a standard PC* by anyone with dexterity challenges arising from a variety of conditions, including:

  • Stroke/paralysis
  • Arthritis
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Cerebral Palsy (CP)
  • Age-related factors

It also helps those with mild visual impairment, limited proficiency in English, literary deficiencies, dyslexia and learning issues.

eSSENTIAL Accessibility lays the foundation for a Disability Community Involvement Initiative launched in association with leading advocacy groups for the disabled. 

Click here to download eSSENTIAL Accessibility free of charge >>

BC Ferries is proud to be a Founding Member of this initiative.  

Using a Mac? Click here to learn about using eSSENTIAL Accessibility on an Apple computer >>

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