Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Enhance Independence via Accessibility

Here are some links about Accessibility features commonly found on PCs. Please consider the questions at the bottom of the list--as OTs we are always to improve independence on the part of our clients.

Accessibility Options—Resources for Further Learning

Microsoft Windows Accessibility Resources (Main Page)

Comparison of Accessibility Features in Various Versions of Windows

Describes features of on-screen keyboard, and options for use.

Microsoft Accessibility Guides (Main Page)

Information regarding Universal Design for Learning

Everyday and historical examples of how innovations to help people with disabilities have benefited a wider audience, and vice versa. Just for your reading interest.

As you consider using accessibility options, please ask these questions:

1. Is it likely that using this feature will aid the student with greater independence at the computer?
2. Is there anything about using this feature that might decrease independence on the part of the student?
3. In rare instances, there may be a contraindication for using a feature in accessibility options. For example, the visual alerts designed to aid persons with hearing disabilities might possibly present an optical trigger for a person with a seizure disorder. Can you think of any reason why an accessibility option might be harmful, or perhaps just distracting, to the student?

1 comment:

Lauren said...

Thanks so much for the links! What great references for OT's to have.