I get occasional update news from Microsoft concerning their accessibility options in Windows.
"Vision difficulties and impairments include low vision, color blindness, and blindness. Among adult computer users in the United States, 1 in 4 (27%) have a vision difficulty (see study). There are many options for individuals with vision difficulties to modify the computer displays and appearance so it is more legible, or receive information through sound or touch."
One of their employees, Karen, is featured in a short video on how she uses the accessibility options to change the background and font colors as well as magnification to help her read easier. There is also a piece on a portable reader she uses.
There is a handy resource guide with information on AT support tools and links to video tutorials on how to use the accessibility options in Windows. I have linked it below.
Microsoft Resource Guide: List of AT tools and tutorial links
To access the options for accessibility in Windows and change the resolution (taken from the MS Accessibility Update newsletter):
In Windows XP, display the Start menu by pressing CTRL+ESC (or the Windows logo key), then select:
In Control Panel, select:
In the Display Properties dialog box, select:
The Settings tab.
On the Settings tab, under Screen Resolution:
Select a screen resolution value by moving the slider arrow. Less (lower) resolution makes items appear larger. More (higher) resolution makes items on screen appear smaller but allows more items to show on screen.
Find more Windows XP tutorials
In Windows Vista:
In Windows Vista, to open the Ease of Access Center, press Windows logo key + U, or select:
Ease of Access
Ease of Access Center
Under Explore all settings, select:
"Make the computer easier to see."
Under See also, select:
"Personalize appearance and sound effects."
In Personalize appearance and sounds, select:
Select a resolution between Low (screen elements appear larger) and High (screen elements appear smaller).
Find more Windows Vista tutorials
I hope you will take advantage of the options within Windows that can make visual impairments a little easier to live with when on a computer.
Don't forget gh Accessibility CEO Dave Schleppenbach today on No Limits 2 Learning Live at 12:30 Pacific time.
All the best to you!