Overview

Access to information is important to people of all abilities. BlackBerry® smartphones, enable customers with and without disabilities to stay in touch with information, colleagues and friends while on the go.

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Access your world with BlackBerry 10

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Passport, Classic, Leap

Stay connected with the following BlackBerry 10 features:

Accessibility menu – Customize your accessibility settings and quickly access features such as BlackBerry Magnify and font settings from the dedicated Accessibility menu.

BlackBerry Screen Reader – Access core BlackBerry applications without relying on sight. BlackBerry Screen Reader provides an audible output based on the visual information displayed on your screen.

Closed Captioning – Enjoy closed or open captioned multimedia content. Personalize your closed caption settings by adjusting character size, color, opacity or font.

Reverse Contrast – Use reverse contrast to change how text and images appear on the screen.

BlackBerry Magnify – Zoom in to or zoom out from the screen from anywhere on your BlackBerry device.

BBM™ Video – Use the front-facing camera for face-to-face video chat with BBM Video. Learn More

BlackBerry Assistant – Perform a variety of actions and tasks with your voice. Use BlackBerry Assistant to send messages, place calls and more. Learn more

New BlackBerry Keyboard – Type more efficiently with contextual auto-correction, next-word prediction, and a personalized learning engine that gets to know the way you type. Try the on-screen BlackBerry Keyboard (portrait/landscape) on the BlackBerry Leap, or enter text with keys you can feel on the BlackBerry Passport and BlackBerry Classic. Learn more

Learn about more BlackBerry 10 accessibility solutions:

Download the BlackBerry 10 Solutions for Persons with Disabilities brochure:

Hearing and Speech

BlackBerry Messenger – No matter who you’re talking to, BlackBerry® Messenger (BBM™) is designed to get your messages to where they’re going in no time. With BBM, you’ll know exactly when your message has been delivered and read1.

BBM™ Video – Use the front-facing camera for face-to-face video chat with BBM Video. Learn more

Hearing aid compatibility – Certain models are rated for use with hearing aids.

Text Messaging (SMS and MMS) – Communicate on the go with contacts who are using phones or other mobile devices that support SMS and/or MMS2.

Instant Messaging – Take your instant messaging with you no matter where you are or what you're doing1.

Stay connected with several instant messaging clients on your BlackBerry smartphone and tablet.

Visual, Audible and Vibration Notifications – Receive notifications of incoming phone calls, text messages, emails and more by visual, audible and/or vibrating alerts.

Closed Captioning – Enjoy closed or open captioned multimedia content. Personalize your closed caption settings by adjusting character size, color, opacity or font.

Teletypewriter (TTY) Support – Connect your BlackBerry smartphone to a TTY device to make and receive calls from TTY devices. Learn more

Premium Stereo Headset – The BlackBerry Premium Stereo Headset features accurate sound reproduction via noise-isolating ear gels, providing clear communication while taking calls and enhanced sound quality when listening to music or watching videos. Find out more about and purchase the BlackBerry Premium Stereo Headset

BlackBerry Natural Sound – BlackBerry Natural Sound technology improves Wi-Fi and wireless call sound based on the phone position and background noise. The result is unmatched sound quality that can make you feel like you are in the same room even if you are worlds apart.

1 Data plan required. Check with your service provider for pricing and details.
2 Check with your service provider for availability, roaming arrangements and service plans.

Vision

BlackBerry Screen Reader – Access core BlackBerry applications without relying on sight. BlackBerry Screen Reader provides an audible output based on the visual information displayed on your screen.

BlackBerry Magnify – Zoom in to or zoom out from the screen from anywhere on your BlackBerry device.

Reverse Contrast – Use reverse contrast to change how text and images appear on the screen.

New BlackBerry Keyboard – Type more efficiently with contextual auto-correction, next-word prediction, and a personalized learning engine that gets to know the way you type. Try the on-screen BlackBerry Keyboard (portrait/landscape) on the BlackBerry Leap, or enter text with keys you can feel on the BlackBerry Passport and BlackBerry Classic. Learn more

BlackBerry Assistant – Perform a variety of actions and tasks with your voice. Use BlackBerry Assistant to send messages, place calls and more. Learn more

Adjustable fonts – Adjust your font settings with scalable fonts up to 18pt.

Alerts and notifications – Customize your alerts and notifications using tone, vibrate, on-screen alerts or the LED indicator. Learn more

Key tone – Hear a confirming audio tone every time you press the trackpad or trackball on your smartphone.

Audible Click – Hear a confirming audio tone every time you navigate using the trackpad or trackball on your smartphone.

Event Sounds – Know when your smartphone battery is low or fully charged, and when physically connected to accessories without needing to look at your device screen through non-speech audio alerts.

Assignable Ringtones – Know who is calling you or sending you an email without needing to look at the screen on your smartphone by assigning unique ringtones to your Contacts.

Speed dial – Add a number to your speed dial list to call your contacts with fewer keystrokes. Learn more

Built-In Speakerphone – Perfect for hands-free calls and convenient conference calls.

Tactilely Discernible Keyboards – Place phone calls, compose messages and enter text on familiar keyboards with keys you can feel1.

Identifiable Keyboard 'Nib' – Find the numeric keypad without looking at your smartphone1.

1 Available on BlackBerry smartphones with physical keyboard.

Mobility

New BlackBerry Keyboard – Type more efficiently with contextual auto-correction, next-word prediction, and a personalized learning engine that gets to know the way you type. Try the on-screen BlackBerry Keyboard (portrait/landscape) on the BlackBerry Leap, or enter text with keys you can feel on the BlackBerry Passport and BlackBerry Classic. Learn more

Word Substitution – Replace specific text with preloaded text using Word Substitution to simplify typing and minimize the number of keystrokes required to write a message.

BlackBerry Assistant – Perform a variety of actions and tasks with your voice. Use BlackBerry Assistant to send messages, place calls and more. Learn more

Nonslip surfaces – Hold your smartphone comfortably and with less effort.

Hands-free options – Use the integrated hands-free speakerphone, or connect your smartphone to a hands-free headset or Bluetooth headset. Learn more about and purchase accessories for use with BlackBerry smartphones

Alerts and notifications – Customize your alerts and notifications using tone, vibrate, on-screen alerts or the LED indicator. Learn more

Speed dial – Add a number to your speed dial list to call your contacts with fewer keystrokes. Learn more

Identifiable Keyboard ‘Nib’ – Find the numeric keypad without looking at your smartphone1.

Single-hand operation – Access and operate your smartphone simply and efficiently with one hand.

1 Available on BlackBerry smartphones with physical keyboard.

Cognitive

BlackBerry Assistant – Perform a variety of actions and tasks with your voice. Use BlackBerry Assistant to send messages, place calls and more. Learn more

Alerts and notifications – Customize your alerts and notifications using tone, vibrate, on-screen alerts or the LED indicator. Learn more. Learn more

New BlackBerry Keyboard – Type more efficiently with contextual auto-correction, next-word prediction, and a personalized learning engine that gets to know the way you type. Try the on-screen BlackBerry Keyboard (portrait/landscape) on the BlackBerry Leap, or enter text with keys you can feel on the BlackBerry Passport and BlackBerry Classic. Learn more

Word Substitution – Replace specific text with preloaded text using Word Substitution to simplify typing and minimize the number of keystrokes required to write a message.

Spellcheck – Automatically check the spelling of your text and email messages.

Voice Notes – Record, save and share voice note reminders.

Assignable Ringtones – Know who is calling you or sending you an email without needing to look at the screen on your smartphone by assigning unique ringtones to your Contacts.

1 Available on select BlackBerry smartphones with SureType® technology.

Speech

Push-delivery Technology – Text-based messages are delivered automatically to your smartphone and you can be notified as soon as they arrive.

Text Messaging (SMS and MMS) – Communicate on the go with contacts who are using phones or other mobile devices that support SMS and/or MMS1.

Instant Messaging – Take your instant messaging with you no matter where you are or what you’re doing.

Visual, Audible and Vibration Notifications – Receive notifications of incoming phone calls, text messages, emails and more in visual, audible and/or vibrating alerts.

Extended Vibration – Customize the number and duration of vibrations used to notify you of incoming communications without looking at your device2.

1 Check with your service provider for availability, roaming arrangements and service plans. Certain features outlined herein require a minimum version of BlackBerry device software.
2 Available on select BlackBerry smartphones.

Accessibility Features

Google TalkBack – Access core applications without relying on visual cues.The TalkBack Screen Reader provides audible output of the visual information displayed on your screen.

Magnification and Adjustable Font Size – Zoom in or zoom out to increase or decrease the display magnification. Personalize your font settings to small, medium, large, or huge.

Text Features – Personalize how text is displayed on your screen with high contrast text, colour inversion and colour correction options.

BrailleBack – Connect a supported braille display via Bluetooth to navigate and interact with your device using the keys on the display. BrailleBack works with TalkBack to provide a combined speech and braille experience.

Captions – Enjoy closed or open captioned multimedia content. Personalize your closed caption settings by adjusting charactersize, colour, opacity or font.

BBM and BBM Voice – No matter who you’re chatting with, BBM® is designed to quickly get your messages to where they’re going. With BBM, you’ll know when your message has been delivered and read. Easily switch your BBM text to a BBM® Voice conversation1.

Google Hangouts – Use Hangouts to send messages, make a voice call, start a video call or share photos1.

Alerts and Notifications – Customize alerts and notifications using tone, vibration, onscreen alerts, or the LED indicator. Know who is calling you or sending you an email without needing to look at the screen on your smartphone by assigning unique ringtones to your Contacts.

BlackBerry Keyboard and typing options – Type more efficiently with contextual auto-correction, next-word prediction, spellcheck, shortcuts, and a personalized learning engine that gets to know the way you type. Your device gives you the option of using the touch screen keyboard or the slide-out touch keyboard with tactilely discernible keys.

Keyboard Shortcuts and Speed Dial – Assign actions and phone numbers to specific keyboard keys to launch an application, bring up a contact or perform a common task.

Google Now – Perform a variety of actions and tasks with your voice. Use Google Now to answer questions, make recommendations, and perform actions.

Switch Access – Navigate screens on your device using external switches.

Identifiable Keyboard 'Nib' – Find the numeric keypad without looking at your smartphone2.

1 Data plan required. Check with your service provider for pricing and details.
2 Available on BlackBerry smartphones with physical keyboard.

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