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
Dan is sitting in an office with windows that look out onto a computer
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
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
Director: Sheryl Burgstahler, Ph.D.
These clips are from “Working Together: Computers and People with
Mobility Impairments” Copyrighted 2000]