Apple has always provided great accessibility options (explore: Apple's Commitment to Accessibility (which includes their iDevices) and Windows just keeps getting better. (In fact Windows 7 has a speech recognition program built in that is comparable to Dragon Naturally!) Your internet browsers are rich on options as are many of the off the shelf software programs. Get to know what is at your fingertips without an extra charge!
- 4 All - Tech Ease provides help and “how to” tutorials for Accessibility options using Universal Access in Apple’s Mac OS X and Ease of Access in Microsoft Windows
- Accessible Technology Coalition offers a guide entitled, " Free Computer AT Already in Windows Computers"
- Koester Performance Research offers "Pointing Wizard. Just follow the steps in the Pointing Wizard, and it will determine if there are changes to the Windows mouse settings that may make it faster and easier to use the mouse. Works for trackballs, trackpads, and other pointing devices, too! Available for Windows."
- Koester also shares the Keyboard Wizard, "If you or someone you know has physical difficulty with typing, try Keyboard Wizard. Just type a sentence into Keyboard Wizard, and it will determine if there are changes to the Windows keyboard settings that may make typing faster and easier. Available for Windows."
Want to create talking books? An add-in for Microsoft Office Word 2010 helps you produce accessible documents for people who have visual or reading disabilities. There is a "Save as Daisy" add-in for Word which allows Word documents to be saved into DAISY XML. This can then be converted into DAISY Digital Talking Book (DTB) format which is compatible with many available reading programs.
- If your operating system is Microsoft Windows XP, you must run a previous version of a Microsoft Office system program to use speech recognition features.
- Are you looking for Text-to-speech? See How to configure and use Text-to-Speech in Windows XP or Hear text read aloud with Narrator.
- Microsoft Excel 2010 has text-to-speech functionality built in to the program. To use text-to-speech commands in Excel, see Converting text to speech in Excel.