Assistive technology for Windows
A wide variety of accessibility aids, or assistive technology products, are available to make computers easier to use for people with disabilities.
Microsoft provides a searchable catalog of accessibility aids that run on Microsoft Windows operating systems at the Accessibility section of the Microsoft Web site.
Among the different types of products available for the MS-DOS, Windows, and Windows NT operating systems are:
- Programs that enlarge the information displayed or alter the color of information on the screen for people with visual impairments.
- Programs that describe information on the screen in Braille or synthesized speech for people who are blind or have difficulty reading.
- Hardware and software utilities that modify the behavior of the mouse and keyboard.
- Programs that enable people to type by using a mouse or their voice.
- Word or phrase prediction software that enable users to type more quickly and with fewer keystrokes.
- Alternative input devices, such as single switch or puff-and-sip devices, for people who cannot use a mouse or a keyboard.
If you use assistive technology, before you upgrade either your software or hardware, be sure to contact your assistive technology vendor to check compatibility with products on your computer. Your assistive technology vendor can also help you learn how to adjust your settings to optimize compatibility with your version of Windows or other Microsoft products.