GoogleApps@UIC has multiple ways that it can be accessed depending on your needs.
Use the HTML version of Gmail on the Web. You can get there from a link at the very bottom of the Standard version the Gmail Web page, or use this direct URL: https://mail.google.com/a/uic.edu/h/
(Note the "/h/" at the end of the URL.)
If set up that way, Gmail is fully compatible with accessing by personal computer or mobile device email programs, such as Outlook or Thunderbird. If you are comfortable with one of them, by all means, set your program up to do your GoogleApps@UIC Gmail email. Please see Using Email Other Programs and Devices for instructions. (But not if your "other program" UIC's Webmail; you can't use that with Gmail.)
Use Outlook for GoogleApps@UIC Gmail and Google Apps Calendar; Outlook is well suited for blind and low-vision people.
Google also has a page called Using Google products: How to use accessibility features. It has links to pages on for blind and low-vision users and others for deaf and hard of hearing users.
If you are an instructor or UIC service provider, please note you are legally prohibited from requiring use of non-accessible services. This may well include some GoogleApps@UIC services other than Gmail.
There is also information of interest to instructors and researchers on the Google Accessibility Web site. (This link is to the home page, the one above is to its how-to section.)
April 19, 2013