2.1 Trying out built-in assistive technology
In this activity, you will try some assistive technology using tools that come with an operating system.
Use the resources below to help you find built-in assistive technologies on your electronic devices.
Microsoft Windows – Find detailed tutorials about finding and using built-in assistive technology on the Microsoft Accessibility website [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] (Microsoft, 2014)
Apple OS – Find similar information on the Apple Accessibility website (Apple, 2014)
- Android – Find similar information on the Android Accessibility website (Google, 2016).
Try out at least four tools that you are less familiar with, covering the range of types; for example, one each, relating to colour, text size, audio alternatives and not using the mouse. Make notes on your experience of using each of these tools.
- Is it straightforward?
- How long is it taking?
- Do you have to remember the layout of the screen?
- How long do you think it would take you to become an expert user?
- Did you need more help? If so, did you find help and was it useful?
If you are not a technology enthusiast, remember that disabled students may not be either. If you are nervous about trying the assistive technology, so are some disabled students. Think about whether the potential benefits will make the extra effort worthwhile, both for your understanding of assistive technology, and for disabled students.