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Accessibility is everywhere! Technology leaders such as Microsoft, Google, Apple, and Amazon have made their products more accessible, especially to people with disabilities.

One of the hallmarks of a company in terms of accessibility is hiring people to focus on it. Microsoft has Chief Accessibility Officer, Apple has Global Access Policy Director and Google Access Director. Some technologies that were once considered ‘encouraging’ and support small populations are now becoming major.

Accessible tools and features help people with permanent, temporary, conditional or age-related disabilities continue to use their products. Brian Norton, ATP, CEAS, Director of Technology Services at Easterseals Crossroads, have joined us today to share some of the new high-tech access features.

Android accessibility features

  • watch out – Use your camera to help you identify objects nearby. Just point to the item to find out what it is.
  • Live copy – Get real-time captions while chatting. So when someone talks, you can stay in the moment.

IOS accessibility features

  • Speech control – Increase your reading or writing volume using speech control.
  • Volume control – Browse and use your device only with your voice. Open apps, browse between screens, type messages and even edit text out loud.

Amazon Accessibility Features

  • Touch to Alexa – Connect with Alexa using touch instead of voice on supported eco show devices.

Windows accessibility features

  • Microsoft magnifier – Enlarges part or all of your screen so you can see words and images better

Office 365 accessibility features

  • Intriguing reader – Read text more effectively with learning tools that read aloud, break words into words, and identify speech units. Keep an eye on the focus and the adjustable space between lines, letters and words. Available on OneNote, Word and Outlook on a variety of devices.

Esterceles Crossroads has been promoting freedom for people with disabilities for over 85 years.

Inside Project has a tool library with over 2,500 items, so you can try it for free before you buy something.

For more information on the INDATA project at Easterseals Crossroads, go to or call 888-466-1314.

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