Microsoft Ease of Access Center

Ease of Access Screenshot
Ease of Access Screenshot

The INDATA blog is proud to offer information about assistive technology computers and devices; however, we realize that certain  products we feature can sometimes be very expensive or too sophisticated and overreaching of certain individual’s AT needs. The Tech Tip for this week  features equipment for the iMac that comes standard with the purchase of the computer. Today, we will explore some AT solutions that come standard on a Microsoft computer in the Windows software. These solutions can be found in the Microsoft Ease of Access Center.

The Ease of Access Center can be located on a Microsoft computer by clicking the “Start” icon in the lower left hand corner of the Windows screen, opening the “Control Panel,” clicking on “Ease of Access” from the menu, and finally opening the “Ease of Access Center.” The Ease of Access Center makes the computer easier to use for individuals who have a visual impairment or low vision by offering a screen reader, a screen magnifier, and a high contrast screen option.  In addition, users can launch an on screen keyboard that allows an individual with dexterity or mobility issues in their hands to type without having to strain to use the standard keyboard.

Some additional settings include:

  • Use the computer without a display.
  • Make the computer easier to see.
  • Use the computer without a mouse or keyboard.
  • Make the mouse easier to use.
  • Make the keyboard easier to use.
  • Use text or visual alternatives for sounds.
  • Make it easier to focus on tasks

Sometimes the solution to an individual with a disability’s computer needs doesn’t require expensive or extensive assistive technology products. Sometimes the solution is already in your home, on your computer, and at your fingertips.

To view Windows accessibility tutorials and become familiar with all that the Ease of Access Center has to offer, click here!

For more information about Microsoft accessibility, click here!