The Guide has been published as a download and links have been updated on:
In celebration of the new guide we’ve decided to dedicate a week of blogs and interviews with some heros in the field of accessibility on our Daily Edventures blog. Every day last week a new post went up telling the inspiring stories of real people and educators making a difference for people with disabilities. Check it out – June 10th – 14th!
In addition to the Guide and blogs on Daily Edventures there is also a new infographic for Accessibility in Education that will give you facts and figures and tell how accessibility has impacted education. It is available on the Accessibility in Education website as well:
We are excited about the new functionality and enhancements built into Windows 8. The built-in assistive technologies in Windows 8 work with both Windows 8 applications and with desktop software to provide seamless access to the entire Windows experience. Devices running Windows 8 Professional will also allow you to use assistive technology (AT) software from specialty Assistive Technology vendors.
What’s new in Windows 8 Accessibility? One of the most exciting aspects of Windows 8 is the introduction of touch-only devices. With touch devices, you can directly interact with everything on your screen by touch, without using a keyboard or mouse, including managing accessibility options in the Ease of Access Center. With Windows 8 you can easily access the most commonly used accessibility options right from the sign-in screen. Select the Ease of Access button in the lower-left corner of your screen, or press the Windows logo key+U, to choose the settings for your PC that you want to have available each time it starts.
Narrator and Touch Enabled Devices
Many people don’t know that Windows has a built in screen reader. Narrator is our basic screen reader that reads aloud the text that appears on screen, and describes events such as error messages. It has been redesigned in Windows 8 to be substantially faster, and to support many new features. Whether you’re an individual who is blind, has low vision, or, are fully sighted, you will be able to use Windows 8 from the first time you start your device. Even if you’ve tried it in previous versions and it didn’t do the trick for you or your students, give it another shot. With these enhancements it may be just the right tool you need. By default on touch-only devices, Narrator can be launched by simply holding down the Windows logo button and pressing the Volume Up button. Once Narrator is running, you can use Narrator’s built-in touch commands to explore the screen and control your device. There are also some new configuration options for Narrator in Windows 8. You can select one of several voices, change the speed at which Narrator speaks, create customizable keyboard commands, and specify many other settings to suit your preferences.
Try it out… you just might love it!
Carla Hurd, Senior Program Manager, Accessibility in Education, Worldwide Partners in Learning