Part 03 – Technology: A tool for all

Written by Dan Burling

15th May 2020

Top accessibility features in Microsoft Teams

80% of people with disabilities acquire them between the ages of 18 to 64, the working age for most. If companies embrace disability inclusion, they will gain access to a whole new talent pool. Microsoft Teams make it easier for everyone – with or without disabilities – to aid productivity and work whichever way suits you best. Focusing on situational disability and how tools in Microsoft Teams can help improve productivity for all.

Pin a meeting participants video (Vision, Neurodiversity)

In the same way we can pin content within Microsoft Teams, we can also pin a key speaker within an online meeting. But don’t take this feature for granted, like the background blur feature, pinning a key speaker can increase focus, concentration and cut down on unnecessary distractions. Especially when there are multiple people speaking and video streams are constantly changing.

Add someone, like a co-worker or interpreter to a call (Hearing)

Remember, you can invite anyone along to your meeting. If this is a co-worker to help you better understand what is going on within a meeting or inviting a speech interpreter – it is all available within Microsoft Teams.

Limit distractions with Do Not Disturb (Neurodiversity, Mental Health)

Most of us are familiar with the Do Not Disturb feature that automatically kicks in as soon as we begin presenting. But this feature in Microsoft Teams can also be enabled at any time if you’re feeling the pressure or just need to focus. This cuts down on notifications and gives you space to concentrate.

Send audio message via Teams mobile and desktop (Mobility)

Sending short instant messages is a part of each of our personal lives. This has now extended to short voice clips when we’re not in a position to text. However, if you have mobility needs, sending voice messages instead of text messages can be so much more productive. Want the end-user to receive your message in text and not audio? Use the dictation feature.

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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