Video Description & Transcript:
  Computer Access: Built-in Accessibility Features

Caption: [Computer Access: Built-in Accessibility Features]

A student is sitting at a computer. A close-up shows his hands typing on a keyboard.

Narrator: “Some people with mobility impairments don’t have the flexibility or range of motion to use a standard keyboard. Fortunately, there’s a wide range of alternatives available. Some of those are already built into current popular operating systems. “

A close-up of the pop-up start menu is displayed on the computer screen; the control panel heading is highlighted. As the control panel menu opens, a mouse cursor moves to the keyboard icon to double click on it.

Dan is sitting in an office with windows that look out onto a computer lab.

Dan: “The fact that there are some basic features built into operating systems is really important. There are some very simple things that can be done using control panels, accessibility options, control panels, that give access, basic access, to the keyboard; to the operating system.”

A student is sitting at a computer and typing with one hand.

Narrator: “For example, someone using a single finger or a mouth stick wouldn’t be able to type two keys simultaneously, such as “control” and something else. There’s a setting that allows those keys to be entered sequentially.”

A close-up of the computer screen displays a pop-up window and the cursor moving the “repeat delay” feature to the slowest setting. A close-up shows the screen as the cursor moves into the AutoCorrect menu to make changes to the settings.

Narrator: “Another setting eliminates repeated keystrokes for someone who keeps a key pressed down too long. And features like AutoCorrect, which is part of Microsoft Word, allow the user to abbreviate long words or even sentences with a brief letter sequence. Once the abbreviations are set, they can make typing faster and more accurate.”

[Used with permission from:
University of Washington
206-685-DOIT (Voice/TTY)
206-221-4171 (FAX)
Director: Sheryl Burgstahler, Ph.D.
These clips are from “Working Together: Computers and People with Mobility Impairments” Copyrighted 2000]