Transcription of Accessibility Today Video

Accessibility Today

Accessibility makes it easier to see, hear, and use a computer.

For many, accessibility is what makes computer use possible.

At Microsoft, our mission is to enable people and businesses throughout the world to realize their full potential.

We strive to create technology that is accessible to everyone—regardless of age or ability.

In schools, accessibility enables students of all abilities to personalize their learning environment.

In the workforce, accessible technology helps expand employment opportunities and increase productivity amongst workers.

In retirement, boomers and seniors reply upon accessible technology to stay connected and engaged to their friends and family.

Accessibility is important when you consider:

One-in-four of us experiences a vision impairment;

One-in-four of us experiences pain in our hands or arms;

and, one-in-five experiences hearing loss.

Accessible technology includes: Accessibility options that let you personalize the computer display, mouse, keyboard, sound, and speech options, and, assistive technology products that provide essential access to individuals with disabilities.

Interoperability between the operating system, software programs, and assistive technology is crucial.

In Windows, you can personalize your theme, color, sounds, desktop, and font.

Many accessibility options are available to explore in the Ease of Access Center.

Magnifier enlarges items on the screen.

On-Screen Keyboard lets you type and enter data without a mouse.

Narrator reads text aloud.

Speech Recognition enables you to command your PC with your voice, and, Windows Touch lets you control your computer by touching the screen.

Office 2010 introduces an accessibility checker which makes it easy to review if a document is accessible to others.

Windows is also compatible with a wide range of assistive technology products at every price point.

Microsoft builds products that are safer and easier to use and leads the industry in accessibility innovation.

Our strategic approach to accessibility is moving the industry forward.

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Video Credits

Executive producer: LaDeana Huyler

Art direction: Sara Patillo

Voiceover: Bonnie Kearney

Sign language interpretation: Julia Graham

Video production: Don Okonny, Molly Strange

Web production: Peggy O'Farrell