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Is tech more accessible due to COVID-19 and what do you use?

Lucy411
Lucy411 Member Posts: 74 Courageous
edited January 2021 in Coffee lounge
Morning, Interested to hear what tech people are using and how it improves your life. I’m writing an article for Disability Horizons
on how assistive technology for the disabled community is growing due to COVID-19

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  • janer1967
    janer1967 Member Posts: 15,300 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi there 

    There are a few posts about accessibility tech in our sight and vision impairment section 

    Hope this helps I am visually impaired but mainly just use the accessibility features on my devices 
  • Cher_Inactive
    Cher_Inactive Posts: 4,412

    Scope community team

    Hi @Lucy411

    Good luck with the article!  A browse through our posts tagged as about 'technology' might help you with your research :)  
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  • Lucy411
    Lucy411 Member Posts: 74 Courageous
    janer1967 said:
    Hi there 

    There are a few posts about accessibility tech in our sight and vision impairment section 

    Hope this helps I am visually impaired but mainly just use the accessibility features on my devices 

    Thanks @janer1967
  • Lucy411
    Lucy411 Member Posts: 74 Courageous
    Hi @Lucy411

    Good luck with the article!  A browse through our posts tagged as about 'technology' might help you with your research :)  

    Thanks @Cher_Scope I'll have an explore.
  • Ross_Scope
    Ross_Scope Posts: 6,782

    Scope community team

    Good luck with the article @Lucy411, sounds fascinating :) 

    Firstly, what the pandemic has done is forced technology companies to make their products more accessible, even if it's something as simple as just an online offering whereas previously they may have only operated in person. 

    Platforms like Zoom and Microsoft Teams have become more accessible, particularly as a visually impaired individual, and the range of keyboard short cuts on each application are super useful. Given that most people have been at home and communicating by video call this past year, these sorts of apps have had to become more usable and accessible  for everyone. 
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  • Lucy411
    Lucy411 Member Posts: 74 Courageous
    Good luck with the article @Lucy411, sounds fascinating :) 

    Firstly, what the pandemic has done is forced technology companies to make their products more accessible, even if it's something as simple as just an online offering whereas previously they may have only operated in person. 

    Platforms like Zoom and Microsoft Teams have become more accessible, particularly as a visually impaired individual, and the range of keyboard short cuts on each application are super useful. Given that most people have been at home and communicating by video call this past year, these sorts of apps have had to become more usable and accessible  for everyone. 

    Hi @Ross_Scope, just finishing off my article. Are the shortcuts you refer to new since covid? Found lots of access info re video about what is available just not what was there before. I've always just used platforms as standard.
  • Ross_Scope
    Ross_Scope Posts: 6,782

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    I never noticed them before Covid @Lucy411 so possibly? They've certainly been made clearer and more visible since Covid, whereas before if they did exist I had no idea about it. Now you see the shortcuts when you hover over the keys like mute and toggle video
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