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Most operating systems (OS) provide some accessibility features as part of the OS distribution. These range from simple utilities that allow users to adjust keyboard, display, and alert settings to assistive technology applications that provide basic screen reader capabilities for blind users, screen magnification capabilities for users with low vision, and on-screen keyboards for users of alternative input technologies, such as head pointers.
Without these applications, some users will be unable to access the computer desktop at all. These built-in accessibility features should be available by default, and should be activated by well documented shortcut keys, so that users can activate these features independently.
The following AccessIT Knowledge Base articles may also be of interest:
For additional information, contact your region's ADA & IT Center at 1-800-949-4232.