[This part of the document was developed by Subhashini Balagopal and Patti Young, Richmond Community Schools, 300 Hub Etchison Pkwy., Richmond, IN 47374. Permission to photocopy is granted for non-commercial purposes if this credit is retained. It has been updated by the ATTO project, 2003]
The Windows Accessibility wizard makes it easier for people with disabilities to operate a computer without installing special software. Accessibility options—such as StickyKeys, ShowSounds, and MouseKeys—are designed to help users with specific disabilities make full use of the computer.
Smart sheet for using Windows Accessibility options on your computer:
You can either save the changes you have made for specific users, so they can log in each time and access the options they have set up OR set the changes as a default so that the features you have selected will always be on the screen.
If you don’t have the Accessibility Wizard on your computer with Windows 2000:
Click Start-Settings-Control Panel.
Double Click the Accessibility Options Icon. The Accessibility Properties window will open up with tabs for keyboard, sound, display, mouse, and general options.
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Try each of these to select access features you need.
You might want to choose all the Wizard Options (for persons with visual, auditory, and physical disabilities administrative options) to see all the access features available.
Change sizes of fonts, titles, menus, scroll bar, window border size, icons, mouse cursors, etc.
Choose to use the Windows magnifier.
Change color settings to get high-contrast colors.
For persons with hearing impairments, visual warnings and captions can be viewed instead of system sounds/warnings.
Extra keyboard help is provided for persons requiring mouseless access to the computer.
Choose mouse pointer speed, and trails to view cursor movements clearly on the monitor.
StickyKeys allows you to press keys in combination one at a time so you don’t have to press two/three keys simultaneously (e.g. Ctrl Alt Del, Shift A, etc.)
BounceKeys ignores repeated key strokes made by someone whose hands shake, or who has trouble pressing keys lightly.
ToggleKeys provides a sound when Caps Lock, Scroll Lock or Num Lock are pressed.
For additional information on Windows Accessibility Features, go to http://www.microsoft.com/enable/. At this site you can get further information on accessibility options for different kinds of disabilities.
Increase Independence of Students with Disabilities Using Windows and Microsoft Word by Subhashini Balagopal and Patti Young at: http://www.microsoft.com/enable/news/education.aspx