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Accessible technology: Discover the tools Microsoft has to create more inclusive spaces

Of the total population of Mexico, 5.7% have some disability and/or some functional diversity, either physical or mental.

Mexico City – Technology plays an increasingly important role in people’s lives, helping them communicate with their loved ones, accomplish their professional tasks more effectively and showcasing a variety of entertainment options at their fingertips. Microsoft sees in this ability to create new experiences a democratizing factor, as it also has the potential to create a more inclusive, equitable and diverse environment. To promote this objective, the company offers a range of solutions, tools and functions designed to optimize spaces and processes for all types of needs and users.

Microsoft’s vision of accessibility is to enable everyone in the world to achieve more with technology, with solutions ranging from hardware optimization to the use of artificial intelligence to give them the tools they need to interact. and meaningful, personalized, agile and friendly digital experiences. This is particularly relevant in driving innovation from diversity and inclusion, creating safe, comfortable and optimal spaces for people with disabilities.

According to the 2020 Population and Housing Census conducted by the National Institute of Statistics, Geography and Informatics (INEGI), more than 7 million people in the country suffer from a disability or a mental problem or condition. Studies such as the Adecco Foundation Technology and Disability Report show that technology has the potential to positively impact the lives of people with disabilities, for example by improving their social interactions.

Although gadgets such as computers, services such as the Internet or innovations such as artificial intelligence provide access to services, education and jobs for people with disabilities, there are still inclusion differences across sectors.

Accessibility is about designing and developing products, services or environments that can be used by people with disabilities. That’s why, in recent years, Microsoft has been tasked with expanding the range of tools it offers to reflect diversity and inclusion. To achieve this, Windows has an engineering team specializing in Accessibility, a diverse group intent on providing differentiated experiences in disability and accessibility issues to improve how people interact with the company’s solutions. Is. Under the motto ” Without us nothing about us”.

Technology can help bridge the inclusion gap and empower all. Here are some innovations designed with that in mind to empower all users and help create a more inclusive and accessible space:

This Windows tool provides built-in support for eye control, making it easier to use the keyboard if the user has special physical abilities. The goal of this feature is to provide an efficient way to use the PC with only your eyes. It is important to mention here that to use this service, it is necessary to have eye tracking hardware. Next, Eye Control should be activated from the Windows menu > Settings > Accessibility > Interaction > Eye Control and the Use Eye Control option should be enabled; launch pad will appear on the screen. More information about this service at this link.

This feature allows you to convert speech to text to create content within Microsoft 365 apps for computers (Word, PowerPoint, and Outlook), all you need is a microphone and a reliable Internet connection. It’s a fast and easy way to create drafts or outlines and capture notes. It has over 20 languages ​​and real-time transcription in over 60 languages. Also, when creating dictation, you can use commands to add punctuation, navigate pages, and type special characters. This feature is found by opening a new or existing document in the Start Menu and searching for “Dictate”. You can find more information about its use here.

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The Surface Adaptive Kit is a set of tools in the form of stickers that facilitate the use and recognition of key points on your computer device, specially designed for people with visual impairments or motor disabilities. The kit contains three sets of labels to help people identify, for example, the most important keys on the equipment, matching ports, cables, or even opening the equipment. This kit, which is not only compatible with Surface family devices but also with a variety of other devices. They are the perfect complement to touch devices that can be used in a variety of ways, easily and to generate more opportunities for more inclusive spaces for people. The Surface Adaptive Kit arrived in Mexico in late October at a very affordable price. If you need information, we ask you to write directly [email protected]

Narrator is a screen reading application that provides simplified navigation and intelligent description of images so that the user can easily locate the page or document without losing any detail of the screen content. It also describes events like notifications and calendar appointments, so you can use your device without the need for a screen. To start or stop Narrator, you need to press Windows logo key + Ctrl + Enter. You must press Caps Lock + F1 after opening Narrator to see all Narrator commands. If the device has a touch screen, then it must be pressed three times with four fingers. See this link for more details.

At Microsoft, technology is one of the fundamental pillars for addressing some of the world’s most complex challenges. It is important that the organizations of the future are constantly looking for opportunities to support inclusion across all industries. Inclusion is at the heart of who you are and everything you create within Microsoft; With the right tools, she firmly believes that anyone can do anything and that together we can create an inclusive world.

You can learn more about Microsoft accessibility tools and features by visiting this page.


about microsoft

Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT” @microsoft) enables digital transformation for the era of the intelligent cloud and intelligent environment. Their mission is to empower every individual and organization on the planet to achieve more.

Press Contact:

Microsoft Edelman Mexico

Tere Rodriguez [email protected]

[email protected] 55 5350 1500

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