Disability Hack: Accessibility in Microsoft Teams
Every day, people with disabilities struggle to be in spaces like board rooms and lecture halls that just don't meet our needs. Before the pandemic, ensuring that meetings were accessible was totally hit or miss.
"Will I be able to hear who's speaking?"
"Can I fit my wheelchair in the aisles?"
"Will my co-workers be able to see me at all?"
But over the past two years, working remotely has become a standard way of doing business. And now people with a wide range of disabilities are able to participate fully in their professional lives using Microsoft Teams. Teams is the new way to do meetings.
Making Teams work for everyone
Did you know that some truly amazing features are already built in to Microsoft Teams that will help make your meetings more inclusive?
- Closed Captioning--It's not only for the deaf community! For anyone who struggles to hear what's being said, and for people with language processing challenges, being able to see a text version of conversation generated live as it happens is a game changer. Teams gives you two options: live CC for meetings, or traditional CART CC.
- Minimize distractions--Keep your focus with tools like the Do Not Disturb mode and background blurring on the camera.
- Device compatibility--Microsoft Teams is compatible with all sorts of assistive tech like eye control and voice control tools. You don't have to be a mouse user to be able to navigate easily!
How can Beringer help?
At Beringer, we truly believe that technology should work for everyone. We can help set up your Microsoft systems to fit your individual strengths and challenges, no matter what they are. From Outlook to Word to Teams, we can customize your settings and tools so that you get the most out of them.
We love to introduce our users to their best digital experience. If you'd like to learn more about all of the accessibility features built in to Microsoft products, click here.
Click here to learn more about how to make Microsoft Teams work for you.