Personalized learning requires attention to the unique needs of all individuals especially, students with learning difficulties or physical disabilities or who are differently abled. Microsoft extends its support for personalized learning vision by offering technology that is accessible to every individual—regardless of ability. The company has embarked on a mission to build products that are safe, accessible and easy to use – and has released Accessibility Guides for various scenarios. Take a look at them and then download them free from the Microsoft Download center.
Accessibility Guides from Microsoft
Accessibility Mobility Guide
Mobility impairment is a broad category of physical disabilities that under its banner, might include a range of disabling conditions like cerebral palsy or others. Also, the disabilities may be temporary or permanent and range in severity from mild loss of fine-motor control to quadriplegia (paralysis caused by illness or injury that can result in the partial or total loss of use of all four limbs and torso). Fortunately, a wide variety of assistive technologies are available for these users, including touch screens, keyboard overlays, one-handed keyboards, oversized mouse or trackball, and speech recognition applications that you can find under this Microsoft guide. Users with temporary or permanent mobility issues can use a variety of software and hardware to use their computers more efficiently. Windows provides many keyboard options to make typing easier. Download it here.
Accessibility Hearing Guide
This guide enlists a handful of accessibility features built into Windows and Microsoft Office, as well as other types of assistive technology products that are designed for individuals who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing. Get it here.
Accessibility Learning Guide
This guide in addition to accessibility features built into Windows and Microsoft Office, describes different types of assistive technology products that are designed for people who have learning (cognitive) disabilities.
- Mobile devices range from small handheld devices like smartphones to tablets that include touchscreen gesture. The functionality allows direct selection or activation of the computer by touching the screen. This ability to touch the computer screen to select is advantageous for people with language disabilities because it is an intuitive alternative to using a mouse or keyboard.
- These are better known as text-to-speech (TTS) systems. They speak information aloud in a computerized voice.
Accessibility Vision Guide
It is a guide for people who suffer from an impaired vision or low vision. It lists all the accessibility features built directly into Windows and Microsoft Office applications useful for individuals suffering from disabilities like learning or mobility.
Initiatives such as these show that Microsoft remains committed to empower every individual to help him achieve more and deliver great experiences to people with disabilities. Download it here.
Accessibility Speech Guide
People who have language or communication difficulties and impairments can benefit from this guide. It describes the role of Augmentative and assistive communication (AAC) which can replace a physical device. For instance, replace a PC keyboard. It is available for download here.
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