Accessible Services

Making Apps Accessible for People with Disabilities

In accordance with the MBTA's committment to ensuring accessibility system-wide, we encourage all developers to design apps that are accessible to all. Below are some resources that can be used to ensure that your web and smart phone apps are accessible to individuals with disabilities.

Apps for iPhone

Information specific to the creation of iPhone apps that are accessible for individuals with disabilities can be found on Apple's website. Click here to learn about making iPhone apps accessible for those who use Apple's VoiceOver screen reading software.

In addition, consider the following to ensure your iPhone app is accessible for those with low vision:

  • Landscape Mode: Wide is often more accessible than tall.
  • Multitouch Zoom: Easy magnification makes everything easier to read.
  • Scalable Fonts: Tiny fonts are hard to read.
  • High Contrast Color Scheme: Light-on-dark reduces eye strain.

Apps That Use the Android OS Platform

For information on making smart phones that use the Android OS accessible, click on this link to be transfered to Google's Eyes-Free Project where tutorials can be found to instruct developers on how to make their apps compatible with the Android's accessibility features.

Apps for Blackberry

Information specific to making blackberry-based apps accessible for individuals with disabilities can be found on Blackberry's website. Click here to learn how to make your blackberry-based app accessible.

Apps for Windows Mobile

If you are designing an app for Windows Mobile users, guidelines for making your app accessible for individuals with disabilities can be found by visiting Microsoft's website. Click here to learn how to make your Windows Mobile-based app accessible.

Web Apps

For developers who create web-based applications, the Web Content Access Guidelines (WCAG) can assist you in making your content accessible for individuals with disabilities. Click here to learn about making your web-based app accessible.