Digital Wellbeing - Accessible content for an inclusive workplace
Over 1 billion people have some form of accessibility requirement. The bonus of ensuring your content that supports these individuals is that the changes will benefit everyone. Using Microsoft Office, Canvas, Teams and other apps or software correctly directly benefits both university colleagues and students.
Accessible technology benefits everyone, including people with:
- Permanent disabilities like those listed below
- Temporary impairments like cataracts or a broken arm
- Situational impairments like working hands-free and eyes-free while driving
Good design principles for work and education
Introducing the Designing for Diverse Learners Poster
The following video is a brief segment of a bigger seminar. You don't have to watch this today, but if you have time, it will introduce you to the ethos and reasons behind the elements of the poster.
If you want to hear more, a second abstract from this seminar is available.
Explore this: Microsoft 365 accessibility tools
This section introduces you to four accessibility tools in Microsoft Windows / Microsoft 365 programs. Take some time to read about them, and watch the videos if they are of interest.
Immersive Reader is an amazing tool that lets you remove clutter and adjust the font, colours and spacing to aid reading comprehension. This can help all readers but can be particularly useful for anyone with dyslexia or visual stress. The video below gives a good overview of how to get started! You'll find the Immersive Reader button in most Microsoft Office programs and on Canvas pages too!
Office Lens is a great way to capture notes and information from projectors, whiteboards, documents, books, handwritten memos, or anything with a lot of text. Office Lens can remove shadows and odd angles so that images are easier to read. You can upload document and whiteboard images to Word, PowerPoint, OneNote, OneDrive, and you can save them as PDFs or send them in email.
Magnifier and read aloud
A quick tip video on how to use Windows 10 Magnifier read aloud & text cursor indicator. These are new Windows 10 Accessibility updates in this quick tutorial. Magnifier now has Read Aloud from anywhere, and there is an easy way to change your text cursor indicator color and size
This step-by-step tutorial shows how to use the built-in Dictation in Word, OneNote, PowerPoint as well as Windows 10. Dictation (speech to text) especially helps for those studying or working from home that need this inclusive capability..