Technology can seem daunting but there are lots of resources available to help get you started.
Making Computers more accessible
Many people aren’t aware, but all computers have built in settings allowing you to make them more accessible without needing any additional software or hardware.
These settings are a great, free way to test out accessibility to see what works for people.
For example, if you have limited vision you might benefit from having the computer screen read out loud to you. Rather than buying an expensive screen reader, there are settings which do this for you. Trying out these settings lets you test a solution before buying any software — and you never know — it might even be enough!
Windows computers are the most commonly used computers in the world. As well as being widely used, most software and hardware has been developed with windows PCs in mind, and the systems accessibility features are continuously improving.
There are already lots of accessible features as standard on Windows PC. You can find these in the Control Panel in the Ease of Access Centre.
You can also find general help for Windows Systems on the Microsoft Support page.
Macs have always been built with accessibility in mind and have traditionally had the best accessibility of all the systems. However, with the latest updates from Windows this may no longer be true.
You can find Mac’s built in accessibility feature in System Preferences in the Accessibility Menu.
Find out more about Mac’s accessibility features.
You can find general help at the official Mac support pages.
There are a number of websites out there dedicated to computer accessibility, and all are a great place to start when considering what changes you can make to make a computer easier to use.
Most of these sites are divided up based on disability and will ask about the disability before making suggestions for changes you can make.
In the case of e-accessibility wales, the website can also recommend software and hardware that may be of use. However, it’s always best to try out free options before purchasing what can be expensive software or hardware!
eAccessibility Wales - An online directory for software, hardware and computer settings to make your computer easier to use.
My Computer My Way – MCMW is another useful resource for accessibility features and accessible hardware and software.
BBC My Web My Way - BBC My Web My Way has a great set of how-to guides on making computers more accessible.
Digital Communities Wales – this website has some useful links here that will help you to learn how to use the computer and get online.
Advance Learning Zone is an online platform, which allows you to work through different maths, English and employability resources, depending on your current skills.
Learn My Way is the best resource for people starting out on their digital journey. Covering basic online skills, the website has interactive resources to help you gain confidence online.
If you are unsure what is suitable to you, please fill in the form below or email PartnershipSupportTeam@leonardcheshire.org for an assessment.