[blindkid] Equipment

Kane Brolin kbrolin65 at gmail.com
Wed Mar 2 14:20:41 UTC 2016

On 3/2/16, Amber Hall via blindkid <blindkid at nfbnet.org> wrote:
> I forgot to mention we have window eyes on our laptop.
> Is Microsoft office accessible?

Amber, it definitely is accessible.  I have used many different
versions of Microsoft Office since the late '90s, and right now I'm
using Office 2013.  I do a great deal with this--mostly Word and
Excel--but these days even Microsoft's presentation software
PowerPoint and its database software Access, along with OneNote, are
pretty much completely accessible.

Microsoft really has been upping its game in the last few years when
it comes to implementing universal design and accessibility into all
the products it rolls out.
In fact, a Microsoft product developer named John Jendrezak spoke to
this quite clearly at last year's National Convention.  The talk he
delivered is entitled "Increasing the Investment in Accessibility:
Nonvisual Access in
 Microsoft Products and Services."  He worked on the Office
development team for more than 20 years.  A transcript of John's talk
is available at


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