Curtin University is committed to providing an inclusive and accessible environment for our students, staff and visitors with disability. This page provides information about accessing information on the Curtin website by using assistive technologies inbuilt into the browser or operating system you are using, or available for download or purchase.

The Disability Access and Inclusion Plan details Curtin’s strategies to equitable access to our programs, services and facilities. Access the plan here.

Features built into browsers
Using a built-in screen reader
Using Browsealoud

Features built into browsers

Magnify using keyboard commands

  • Windows: Control+ (plus key)
  • Apple OSX: Command+ (plus key)

Invert screen colours using keyboard commands

  • Windows: Left Alt + Left Shift + Print Screen
  • Apple OSX: Control + Option + Command + 8

Using a built-in screen reader

The following commands will activate a screen reader built into your computer’s operating system.

Windows Narrator

To turn on: Start menu > programs > accessories > accessibility > narrator, or Windows key + U

Apple OSX Voiceover

To turn on: Command (Apple key) + F5
To set preferences: System Preferences > Universal Access.

Using Browsealoud

The Curtin website has been enabled for use with Browsealoud. Browsealoud is a free program that provides a wide range of features to make browsing the Curtin website easier.

Visit BrowseAloud to download the Browsealoud toolbar for Windows and Mac (works on Safari only).

Note: Browsealoud version 6 supports Adobe Acrobat Reader 9 and above for reading PDF files. Download the latest version of adobe reader from the Adobe website.

Other assistive technologies

Screen readers to assist people with disability browsing the Internet on their home computer, are available from various software developers. Whatever the disability there are a wide range of alternative approaches other than traditional mouse-and-screen-based browsers. Some of the more popular options are listed below.

Jaws Screen Reader


JAWS is the most popular screen reader worldwide. You can download the latest version of JAWS from Freedom Scientific



Window-Eyes is a powerful screen reader with features and a pricing structure similar to JAWS.

NV Access


NVDA is a free, open-source screen reader for Windows. It includes support for over 35 languages and the ability to run entirely from a USB drive. It’s installed on all computers in the Curtin computer labs.

Fire Vox

(Mac, Windows and Linux running Firefox)

Fire Vox is a free, open-source screen reader designed especially for Firefox. It works as a browser plugin.

Further links can be found on Vision Australia’s website.

Assistive technology room

The assistive technology room on Level 3 of the Curtin library is available to registered students referred by Curtin’s Disability Services.