Understanding Accessible Technology
Accessible technology is computer technology which enables individuals to adjust a computer to meet their visual, hearing, dexterity, cognitive, and speech needs.
Types of accessible technology studied include:
- Accessibility options built into products such as options that change font size and color.
- Assistive technology products which are specialty hardware and software products such as a screen reader or voice recognition product.
The Need for Accessible TechnologyThe majority of computer users can benefit from the use of accessible technology, according to a study commissioned by Microsoft and conducted by Forrester Research.
The figure below shows that 57% (74.2 million) of computer users are likely or very likely to benefit from the use of accessible technology due to having mild or severe difficulties/impairments. Specifically:
- 40% (51.6 million) of computer users are likely to benefit from the use of accessible technology due to mild difficulties/impairments.
- 17% (22.6 million) of computer users are very likely to benefit from the use of accessible technology due to severe difficulties/impairments.
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