Accessibility | Improvements to the next udpate are already planned

In both the Windows Anniversary and Creators Update, Microsoft has added many new enhancements to features across the operating system to improve accessibility for its customers who have low vision, are blind, have a partial hearing loss or deafness in either or both ears, live with physical disabilities, or need assistance reading text on theirContinue reading “Accessibility | Improvements to the next udpate are already planned”

Windows 10 upgrade for assistive technology users

For the general public, the free upgrade offer to Windows 10 ends on 29 July. However, if you use assistive technologies, you can still get the free upgrade offer even after the general public deadline expires, as Microsoft continues our efforts to improve the Windows 10 experience for people who use these technologies. With theContinue reading “Windows 10 upgrade for assistive technology users”

Blind Arduino Blog: Arduino Setup and Accessibility Tips for Windows

In a world of talking iPhones, sexy accessibility announcements, and high-quality open-source screen readers, the naive sighted person could be forgiven for assuming that we have finally reached the point where a blind person could simply download and use the same exact software tools as everyone else for any given problem. Blind people know thatContinue reading “Blind Arduino Blog: Arduino Setup and Accessibility Tips for Windows”

The Accessibility Guide for Windows 10 and Office 2016 – helping students with special needs – Education – Site Home – MSDN Blogs

A Microsoft focused Education ICT blog from Australia covering K-12 ICT, TAFE ICT and University ICT, on subjects such as LMS and VLE systems, education CRM systems for student recruitment and student retention, cloud-based education and learning analytics and assessment. Source: The Accessibility Guide for Windows 10 and Office 2016 – helping students with specialContinue reading “The Accessibility Guide for Windows 10 and Office 2016 – helping students with special needs – Education – Site Home – MSDN Blogs”

Accessibility: Towards a more inclusive web with Microsoft Edge and Windows 10

Windows has used the Microsoft Active Accessibility (MSAA) API since Windows 98 to express buttons, menus, text, and other on-screen content to assistive technology. Assistive technology vendors have used the MSAA API (along with other app-specific APIs like the DOM in IE, the Office Object Model in Office, and even scraping video drivers) to makeContinue reading “Accessibility: Towards a more inclusive web with Microsoft Edge and Windows 10”

How Windows Screen Readers Work on the Web – SSB BART Group

If you try to use a Windows screen reader on the web for the first time, you might find the experience to be daunting and confusing. This is because Windows screen readers introduce new access paradigms which do not always match what is displayed visually. Windows screen readers offer several modes to allow a userContinue reading “How Windows Screen Readers Work on the Web – SSB BART Group”

Windows 8 & Metro Accessibility

  Great article outlining¬†Windows 8 & Metro Accessibility: “Our accessibility goals in Windows 8 are to: Improve the assistive technologies that are components of Windows, and provide a good experience with the Metro style UI. Provide developer tools that have baseline accessibility built in, so that accessible Metro style apps are available in the Store.Continue reading “Windows 8 & Metro Accessibility”

Ergodex customisable input system now for Mac

Update Jan 2021: Ergodex is now Ergodox When I heard about this Ergodex customisable keyboard on a podcast I immediately thought it would have uses in Assistive Technology circles and yes, they do already have information on such application of the device. As it happens, this device has been around a while but only forContinue reading “Ergodex customisable input system now for Mac”

WizMouse Scrolls Out of Focus Windows

Anything that saves excess clicking and moving when those simple actions can be tiresome or difficult due to any physical limiting factor has to be a good thing. WizMouse is a small app (Windows only) that adds ability to scroll in Out of Focus Windows. Download [via Lifehacker]