If you want to learn about how accessibility can empower users then visit microsoft.com/enable. You will be educated quickly on the definition of assistive technology products. Assistive technology products are specialty hardware and software products (such as screen readers and voice recognition products) that provide essential accessibility to computers for those with significant vision, hearing, dexterity and mobility, language and communication, or learning needs.
Users will learn that assistive technology products are designed to provide additional accessibility to individuals who have physical or cognitive difficulties, impairments, and disabilities. Visitors are advised when selecting assistive technology products, it is crucial to find products that are compatible with the computer operating system and programs on the particular computer being used.
Users are given a description of alternative input devices such as alternative keyboards, electronic pointing devices, sip-and-puff systems, wands and sticks, joysticks, trackballs and touch screens.
Other products described are Braille embossers , keyboard filters, light signaler alerts, on-screen keyboards , reading tools and learning disabilities programs , refreshable Braille displays, screen enlargers, or screen magnifiers, screen readers speech recognition or voice recognition programs, text-to-speech (TTS) or speech synthesizers ,talking and large-print word processors and TTY/TDD conversion modems.
Readers will also discover that there is an Accessibility Dev Center that provides information for creating accessible software.
What do people using the website says about its usefulness?
Twenty-six year old, Carol Maseri has visited Microsoft’s accessibility site many, many times. A rehabilitation and physical therapy consultant, Boston, MA she says, “Microsoft’s enable website is a treasure trove of information for me.” She works with disabled people of all ages and various professions.
She is not alone in her praise of the website. Thomas Romero is legally blind. He says, “My brother pointed me to the website. I garnered information I needed for my work. My employer bought the products I needed. I can no do statistical analysis with the rest of my group.”
Special Education consultant Mary Good has had positive experiences using the site. She adds, “Microsoft’s Accessibility Guide for Educators is my Bible. I know what technology is available to help my students learn.”
Tom Stacy has started a training program for businesses in Tokyo looking to hire people with disabilities. Stacy says he knows that businesses in Tokyo know it pays in many ways to hire people with a disability. Several days a week, he refers to the Microsoft Guide for Businesses and says, “It’s one of the best business documents I know. It is sacrosanct.”
Lastly, Timothy Michaels, 16, has multiple disabilities. He plans to attend the University of Pittsburgh in 2018. He says, “I learned about a variety of assistive technology products from the Microsoft enabling website. My world changed for the better.”
Michaels is partially paralyzed on his right side, as a result of a car accident six years ago. He has poor vision. He uses several speech recognition programs and a screen magnifier in school and at home. He is proud of what he does with assistive technology products and his accomplishments.
“Microsoft’s website has been a reliable continuous source of needed information for me,” Michaels stressed. He adds, it has been a winner for me.”
To visit the site type https://www.microsoft.com/enable.
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