The American Red Cross has partnered with eSSENTIAL Accessibility to offer free assistive technology for people who have trouble typing, using a mouse or reading websites.


The eSSENTIAL Accessibility app is useful for everyone who has dexterity or reading challenges, due to a variety of conditions such as:

  • Stroke/paralysis
  • Arthritis
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Cerebral Palsy (CP)
  • Dyslexia
  • Age related factors
  • Literacy deficiencies


The eSSENTIAL Accessibility app is an assistive technology that helps you experience the web through tools like:

  • Hands-free mouse
  • Voice commands
  • Zoom capabilities
  • On-screen keyboard
  • Mouse replacement tools
  • Multi-language support


Simple to use, the eSSENTIAL Accessibility assistive technology app is activated in moments.

  • Windows PC users: Click here to learn about the system requirements for downloading the app

CONTACT eSSENTIAL Accessibility for information about installing and using the app

The Red Cross is a diverse network of men and women working to prevent
and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies,
one community at a time.


We put our mission into action by:

  • Providing assistance and shelter during disasters
  • Collecting blood and platelets
  • Teaching lifesaving skills such as first aid and CPR
  • Supporting America's military members, veterans and their families
  • Helping people across the globe

Be prepared. Make a plan.

Emergencies can happen at a moment’s notice. Mobility problems, hearing or vision disabilities can add complication. It is important to plan ahead so you are prepared for any urgent situation. Our booklet Preparing for Disaster for People with Disabilities and other Special Needs gives tips on getting informed, making a plan, assembling a kit, and keeping your plans up to date.

The materials were co-authored by the American Red Cross and Department of Homeland Security and FEMA.

For information about or assistance with Red Cross services, please call 1-800-RED CROSS