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Assistive technologies and online learning
Assistive technologies and online learning

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2 Built-in assistive technology

Personal computer platforms such as Apple Mac OS and Microsoft Windows supply a range of accessibility tools that are built into the operating system or into provided software.

These operating system tools have basic functions that are similar to those in more expensive software, but in some cases they lack some of the features and customisation options that enable disabled people to use a computer with complete independence. Many people with less severe impairments do find these tools useful and they are freely available. They also offer an opportunity for you to try some assistive technology for yourself.

Simple assistive tools are also built into essential software such as web browsers. As an introduction, spend two minutes viewing the video.

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