It has always been tough for tech companies to make their technology available for people with disabilities. While technology, in general, is great for us, it’s often not the same for people with disabilities. Companies have always been working on making their tech accessible for people who can’t perceive them in the same way as the general population.
Google is taking another step forward to help people who use screen readers. Usually, screen readers skip images that don’t have captions or alt text but Google’s upcoming update will allow users to search for image information (via Techdows). This feature is currently being tested in the canary builds and will make it to the public version of Google Chrome in the future. The feature will require sending the image to Google for scan so that they could provide a meaningful description of the same. However, Google does offer an option to turn it off in case you’re not comfortable sharing images with Google.