I'll ask one of our staff who specialize in accessibility, but in the meantime I think typing ampersand as & is appropriate.
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Hi again Julianne,
I've heard back from accessibility colleague Zuhair, who has kindly provided the following information:
"Screen readers will pronounce a + as plus, and an & as ampersand or and, which is more natural. While there may be times where plus would be a better choice, this is an editorial issue and not necessarily a screen reader issue."
That said, I think best to transcribe what you see.
He's also provided information about screen readers for different operating systems, in case you all want to test things out for yourselves!
- The built-in screen reader is called Narrator: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/17173/windows-10-hear-text-read-aloud
- NVDA is an open source screen reader available in many languages: https://www.nvaccess.org/
- The built-in and only screen reader for Mac is VoiceOver: https://www.apple.com/accessibility/mac/vision/
Linux is a bit more complicated since there are many distributions that run on different hardware architectures and many desktops available, not to mention console screen readers. Here are links to some of the more popular ones, all of which are free. This is by no means an exhaustive list:
- Orca (works primarily in the Gnome desktop): https://help.gnome.org/users/orca/stable/
- Fenrir (Console screen reader): https://linux-a11y.org/index.php?page=fenrir-screenreader
- Emacspeak (Console): http://emacspeak.sourceforge.net/
- Speakup (Console): http://www.linux-speakup.org/speakup.html