Microsoft Accessibility Center Helps Educators Teach Students With Disabilities And Learning Difficulties


One area of education that has seen vast and continued improvement through technology is helping teachers who have classes containing students with disabilities.

In years gone by, the blackboard alone was simply not sufficient in catering for students with sensory or learning impairments, and as a result these children would often miss out on being fully engaged in the learning experience. But with the advent of more readily available and increasingly versatile devices and technologies, teachers are better equipped than ever to interact with and educate students with disabilities or learning difficulties.

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Microsoft is dedicated to building accessibility into our products and to providing accessibility resources for educators. Just one example of this is the Ease of Access Center within Windows 8. This allows educators to explore accessibility settings and programs to make computers easier to use for anyone with disabilities or impairments. Just some of the options within the Ease of Access Center include:

  • Magnifier
  • On-Screen Keyboard
  • Speech Recognition
  • Windows Touch
  • Narrator
  • Keyboard Shortcuts
  • Visual Notifications
  • Captions

You can download the full guide ‘Accessibility: A Guide for Educators’ from the Microsoft Accessibility site.

In addition to the built-in accessibility features and options of Windows 8, you can also download apps from the Windows Store, including many that either provide accessibility for people with disabilities (e.g. apps for augmentative communication, AAC) or have been designed to be compatible with other assistive technology. You can search specifically for apps that have been marked as accessible.

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