Get an overview of the types of assistive technology, how assistive technology benefits everyone, and how accessibility includes everyone.
- [Lecturer] So we're going to talk about Understanding Accessibility and you very first thing you want to understand is that Accessibility is not about disability it's actually about ability. It's about making this easy for everyone. You want things to be easy to get, easy to understand and easy to use. And when you do that everyone benefits. So some examples of this are Text to Speech, Subtitles and Curb Cuts. These are things that were invented for persons with disability but we all benefit.
These are things we all use. When we're talking about Microsoft Office documents are main concerns are when we're sharing documents electronically. In other words we want to make sure that our documents are structured correctly so that they work with assistive technology. And there are three main areas to concern ourselves for assistive technology. The first is visibility. The second is audibility and the third is mobility. When we're talking about visibility we're talking about folks who have no vision or low vision so the types of assistive technology they might be using are screen readers high contrast settings, or magnifiers.
And we want to make sure that we structure our documents correctly so that it works when people are using these types of things. When someone has no hearing or low hearing it becomes a problem if you add things like narration or video or audio to your documents. So if you do that you want to make sure that you add captions and subtitles. And if you're going to give a presentation put some thought into having a sign language interpreter there because you don't know you might have someone who's hard of hearing or deaf in your audience.
And finally we have mobility. Now there are two dimensions to mobility. There's physical mobility and I can guarantee you that eventually we're all going to be impacted by physical mobility. Eventually you will lose some range of motion so you want to make sure that you make your document easy to navigate and that's a pretty easy one to do. And more recently we also have electronic mobility. What this means is that someone can view your documents across multiple devices. So you want to make sure that your documents are going to appear the same no matter what somebody's looking at it on.
Finally Accessibility is actually a celebration of diversity. It's about making things easy for everyone.
- Making hyperlinks more accessible
- How color impacts accessibility
- Using heading styles in Word and Excel
- Formatting tables in Word
- Naming sheet tabs
- Using slide layouts and fonts
- Adding captions to presentations