Do I need to include a ScreenReader?

By | April 1, 2021

Short Answer:  No

Long Answer:  You must include audio — from 508 requirements — “ICT with a display screen shall be speech-output enabled for full and independent use by individuals with vision impairments.”

There are a number of methods for providing speech output. One method is by screenreader, but there are others.

Plain English example:  If someone asks me if screen reading software is mandatory for a kiosk application to meet 404.2, I would say “no” and explain that the regs do not specify how the manufacturer meets the 404.2.  They might use screen reading software, or they might use a different technical approach.