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Date:
6 October 2020
Category:
Office 365, Microsoft 365

There are no limits to what people can achieve when technology reflects the diversity of everyone. Technology can unlock solutions that empower people with disabilities and lead to greater innovations for everyone.

With more than 1 billion people with disabilities in the world, Microsoft have made accessibility a priority, and for a number of years have built it into everything they design. Let’s take a further look at the accessibility features in Microsoft Teams

Live captions

Real time captions are available in live meetings, making your meeting more inclusive for deaf or hard-of-hearing participants, and people with different language proficiency levels. This is also useful for users in noisy places, giving them an extra way to follow the meeting.

Turning captions on is easy to do. When you’re in the meeting, click the three dots, and then select “turn on Live Captions”.

Different Themes

Teams is available in three different themes to suit a variety of different needs. There’s default, dark, or high contrast. You can change these quickly and easily by clicking your profile picture at the top, then selecting Settings > General, then Theme.

Pin a video screen

In meetings, you are able to pin a particular video so that’s it’s always visible regardless of who’s talking. This is valuable for users that might need to pin an interpreter or pin the speaker to enable lip reading for example.

In order to pin the video, just click the three dots when you hover over the video and select “pin”; repeat this to “unpin”. You can pin as many videos as you can fit on your screen.

Compatibility with many assistive technologies

Teams is compatible with many different assistive technologies, making it inclusive for users with a variety of needs. These compatible technologies include, but aren’t limited to:

  • Dictation software
  • Voice control (on iOS and Android)
  • Screen readers
  • Screen magnifiers
  • Eye control (on Windows 10)

Shortcuts

Teams has many many different shortcuts allowing you to complete much of the work you need to do solely through a keyboard. This helps users work more efficiently and is an essential alternative to using a mouse for users with mobility or vision disabilities. You can find a list of all the shortcuts available by pressing Ctrl + E to go to the Search field, and then type /keys and hit enter.

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