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Accessibility in the classroom—tools that impact my students – Office Blogs

Creating a collaborative, inclusive classroom has many moving parts and pieces—and finding the right balance can be challenging. As a special education teacher, I am constantly on the hunt for technology and tools that give students with disabilities an environment that is personalized, differentiated and yet as close to their peers’ experience as possible. I have been an itinerant teacher, a distance education math teacher at a residential school and currently a resource room teacher—without the resource room.

When I work with my students and determine how to meet their needs, I think a lot about their accommodations rather than their modifications. The outcomes for a student can have a very dramatic effect on their learning.

In my accompanying blog post, “Accommodations versus modifications in an inclusive classroom,” I outline the important differences between accommodations and modifications to accessibly personalizing student learning. With Windows 10 and Office 365—free for teachers and students—I have been able to find and use many of the accommodations that I have been looking for making consumption of materials, content creation, collaboration and organization possible for students using the same technology and tools as their peers.

These tools help my students to consume content, create content, collaborate inclusively and stay organized.

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Make your Word documents accessible – Office Support

This topic gives you step-by-step instructions to make your Word documents accessible to people with disabilities.People who are blind or have low vision can understand your documents more easily if you create them with accessibility in mind. Visual Components such as this image need meaningful alternate text.

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Accessibility in Office 365—enabling greater digital inclusion – Office Blogs

The 2016 International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD), focuses on laying the foundation for a future of greater inclusion for persons with disabilities. In honor of IDPD, we invite all Office 365 customers to lay the foundation for a more inclusive digital environment by discovering and using accessibility capabilities built into Office 365.

Create accessible content with Office 365

Office 365 empowers you to communicate information to your colleagues and customers in a variety of ways: documents, presentations, spreadsheets, emails, chats, sways, notes, videos and more. As you communicate, it is important to meet the diverse needs of your audience. Making your content accessible ensures it can be used without barriers by people with varying levels of vision, hearing, cognition and mobility.

Q. How can I get help with accessibility issues?A. Visit the Office Accessibility Center to find support articles on creating accessible content with Office 365 applications on various platforms or on using Office 365 applications with specific assistive technologies. If you require further assistance, reach out to an accessibility specialist via the Enterprise Disability Answer Desk or Consumer Disability Answer Desk.

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Microsoft Tackles Office Mobile Accessibility, Adds Excel Toolset

Microsoft announces upcoming accessibility enhancements for Office 365 Android and iOS apps and adds several new data transformation options to Excel.

Building on Office’s existing accessibility options for visually impaired users, Microsoft revealed that it plans to add new capabilities.”

I am excited to announce that Office 365 teams are not only working on enhancing the usability of VoiceOver with Office 365 iOS apps and Narrator with Windows 10 Mobile apps, but also the usability of TalkBack with Office 365 Android apps,” stated John Jendrezak, accessibility lead and partner director of program management for the Microsoft Office Engineering group, in a recent blog post.

VoiceOver and TalkBack are text-to-speech technologies that help users navigate their software audibly.

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Accessibility in Office 365—progress in 2015 and plans for 2016 – Office Blogs

Our goals are to ensure that:

People with disabilities can communicate, consume and create content on any device.

Everyone can easily create content that is accessible for all people.

We have a strong track record of compliance with accessibility standards for our productivity applications on PCs and for our communication applications, including Section 508 Procurement Requirements. By the end of 2016, we want to extend this to all Office 365 applications on all platforms and are also committed to ensuring we meet more modern accessibility standards, including WCAG 2.0, Level AA Success Criteria and European Standard on accessibility for public procurement of ICT (EN 301 549).That said, we know that compliance with accessibility standards does not guarantee ease of use. This is why the Office 365 team is not only using data from accessibility conformance tests, but also conducting usability studies with people who have vision, mobility, hearing, learning and literacy impairments to make our products more usable and to allow every person to achieve more.

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