Part 02 – Technology: A tool for all

Written by Dan Burling

14th May 2020

Top accessibility features in Microsoft Teams

70+% of disability is invisible. Everyone with a disability is different and has differing needs and abilities. Accessible tools and devices are good for everyone. The tools in Microsoft Teams make it easier for people to work at their best whether the disability is permanent, temporary or situational. Focusing on temporary disability and looking at tools in Microsoft Teams that help enable a more inclusive workplace.

Live closed captioning for meetings (Hearing)

Did you know that during a presentation or live within a Microsoft Teams meeting, you can enable live captions? Live captions present to you the spoken words of everyone in the meeting and shows this on-screen. This is great if you’re in a busy place and can’t hear the call properly. However, for users with hearing accessibility needs, this feature can be enabled on a per-user basis without having to declare the need for additional assistance.

Change your background for a Teams meeting (Neurodiversity)

This feature has been long awaited. Do you remember on the UK BBC news the kid that walked into the background whilst his Dad was giving an interview? Cue background blur. Whilst this is handy to stop people seeing anything you don’t want them to behind you. It is also a vital accessible feature to cut down on background distractions and enable a greater level of focus on the person on the other end of the video meeting.

Minimise communication barriers with language translation (Hearing)

Increasingly we are working across borders and with people who speak many different languages. How many times do you come across the “language barrier?” No problem, within Microsoft Teams you can chat in your native language and the receiving user will have the option to translate the text to their own language.

Pin chat, channels, apps and documents (Neurodiversity, Mental Health)

Pinning, arranging and shifting content may be great for those of us who are super organised. But the faster we can find what we are looking for, the less stress and more focus we can see in the workplace. These are features that adapt technology to how we individually work instead of having to change our manner of work to suit the tools we use.

Zoom in and out of Teams (Vision)

In a similar way to using the magnifier within Windows or increasing the size of text, within Microsoft Teams you can increase the size of the entire application for a better viewing experience.

Break down the barriers today and use accessibility to empower every person in your organisation to achieve more. Speak to one of our experts and find out how Sei Mani can help support your accessibility needs today.

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