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G Suite and Accessibility

Boston College is committed to ensuring all members of the community, including individuals with disabilities, are able to engage with University technological resources. Guided by that principle, the Student Email Committee determined G Suite for Education would provide an improved email experience for all students.

Google has demonstrated a commitment to ensuring G Suite for Education is accessible to the visually impaired, and is developing and improving its products accordingly. The Boston College Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Advisory Committee and Task Force ( has been working with Google to ensure this commitment continues.  

What You Need to Know

When using BC G Suite for Education, we ask you to be mindful of the following:

  • Use of Gmail and G Suite for Education is not required.
  • Students may access their BC Email account using the Gmail web interface or a client like Outlook or Apple Mail, which may offer greater interoperability with assistive technology.

Suggested Guidelines for the Visually Impaired

G Suite offers a number of accessibility features, including keyboard shortcuts and screen reader support. Google products, including accessibility-related features, are updated and enhanced regularly. For the most up-to-date information regarding the use of screen readers and keyboard shortcuts with G Suite for Edu, see the links below. Please note: Configuring a third-party application for Gmail (e.g., Outlook or Apple Mail) and Calendar (e.g., Outlook or iCal) may provide the best experience for visually impaired users.


Using Gmail with a screen reader

Accessibility information for Gmail's basic HTML view

Google Calendar

Keyboard shortcuts

Using Google Calendar a screen reader

Google Docs
Getting started using Google Docs with a screen reader

Need help? The following resources are available to assist you. 

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