Improving Access to Computers for Students With Disabilities: Features Available in the Windows 7 Operating SystemBy Cordwell, Tammy; Journal of Special Education Technology, Vol. 25, No. 4, pp. 48-54
Publication Date: 2010
Article discusses accessibility options available in the Windows 7 operating system. Basic features described, provided in previous versions of Windows, include Sticky Keys, Mouse Keys, Filter Keys, the basic text-to-speech Narrator, Sound Sentry replacing sounds with visual cues, and the High Contrast Display Option. Features new to version 7 discussed are (1) an improved Magnifier similar to third-party screen magnification software; (2) an On-Screen Keyboard that is fully scalable and offers word prediction; (3) a Math Input Panel which converts handwritten equations to MathML, an application that displays equations on Web pages and in advanced math software programs such as Math Type and Scientific Notebook; (4) the Problem Steps Recorder, a tool for troubleshooting technical problems that may arise when interfacing with assistive technology products; (5) Touch Screen Capabilities, included in the Premium, Professional, and Ultimate editions, allowing users to make use of gestures and multiple finger functions such as swiping a finger to scroll through items on a compatible touch screen such as a tablet PC; and (6) PowerShell 2.0, allowing users to write scripts to automate tasks such as downloading and saving files and launching programs.
Published by: Exceptional Innovations (Website:http://www.exinn.net)
Technology and Media Division (TAM) of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) (Web Site: http://www.tamcec.org )