New tools for people with disabilities in Windows 11

New tools for people with disabilities in Windows 11

Above: Accessibility settings for Windows 11. Images courtesy Microsoft.

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that more than one billion people have a disability. This corresponds to about 15% of the world’s population, with as many as 190 million (3.8%) of people aged 15 years and over having significant difficulties functioning. People with disabilities are more likely to experience negative social and economic outcomes, such as less education, lower levels of employment, and facing significant challenges in an increasingly technological world.

Given the challenges faced by people with disabilities, Microsoft is taking a step forward towards more friendly systems so that there are no barriers for these users. Among the tools they offer is Windows 11, an operating system that allows users to access with priority through utilities such as:

  • teller: Read on-screen text aloud and narrate events such as notifications or calendars. It also describes the content of photographs and images so that you can use your computer without looking at the screen.
  • Eye control: It allows you to type using an on-screen keyboard and control the cursor with just the movement of your eyes.
  • magnifier: Makes part or all of the screen larger so you can see the words and images better.
  • Immersive Reader: It helps students with dyslexia and other learning disabilities to better understand reading. Reduce visual clutter, eliminate distractions, adjust screen contrast, help with pronunciation, and distinguish individual words.
  • Translation: For those with hearing impairments, it allows you to annotate PowerPoint presentations or transcribe Teams conference calls.
  • to focus: It helps people with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Do Not Disturb removes distracting notifications.
  • Voice dictation: It allows you to write documents, write emails, or create texts via voice.
  • Access Checker: Review documents, assess their level of accessibility, and make suggestions to make them more comprehensive.
  • Presentation translator: It allows users to make live presentations, accompanied by real-time subtitles, directly from PowerPoint so that people with hearing impairments can follow through on the presentations without losing details. It is available in several languages ​​and dialects.
  • Color filters: This is an accessibility feature that helps improve the visibility of items on the screen for users with vision problems. For example, for users with color blindness, the feature can help distinguish between different colors on the screen and improve the visibility of content for users with light sensitivity.
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Microsoft believes that accessibility is essential to the region and the advancement of people, which is why they develop projects that promote inclusion in areas such as education, employment, communities, and the home. In this way, they support solving the challenges of people with disabilities, taking into account vision, listening, learning, mobility, neurodiversity and/or mental health.


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