SEND tools from Microsoft – Empowering every student on the planet to achieve more


In any given class of students, there may well be some learners with individual difficulties - Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, or SEND. These difficulties can vary greatly even within a small class, and can anything related to vision, hearing, or cognitive struggles that make it harder for the students to understand and engage with different communication mediums, or any given aspect of day to day classroom activities.

As well as the obvious impact on the affected individuals, this also presents challenges for the teachers, who need to ensure that all of their students have equal opportunities to develop their learning, while keeping the pace of learning across the class at a level where students aren't held back.

As part of Microsoft's aim to empower every student on the planet to achieve more, there are a number of tools and functions available across Windows 10 and Surface devices to help both teachers and students in fulfilling this goal.

The following infographic shows some of the resources available, and which areas of SEND they can assist:


The tools in the infographic above are broken down into the following subcategories:

  • Visual Impairments
    • Narrator
    • Magnifier
  • Learning Impairments
    • Speech recognition programs
    • Windows Hello
    • Surface Pen/inking
  • Mobility and Dexterity Impairments
    • 5 ways Surface and Windows 10 can help
      • Speech recognition
      • Sticky keys
      • Keyboard shortcuts
      • Windows Hello
      • Light, mobile devices
  • Hearing Impairments
    • Skype video
  • Language Impairments
    • Narrator
    • Turn on Toggle Keys
    • Turn of Filter Keys
  • Assistive Technology Products
    • OneNote Literacy Toolbar
    • Visolve
    • Talkingtiles
    • Tap to talk
    • Office 365
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