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Technology to Support Learners with Visual Impairment - a Guide to Using Built-in Tools and Features in Windows and Microsoft Word

This course will provide an opportunity to explore a range of built-in accessibility tools in Windows 10, Microsoft Word and Edge Browser to support learners with visual impairment. The course will be pitched as a ‘back to basics' introductory level, for those who are new to using technology to support learners with a VI or would like a refresher at what is available.

The types of tools and features covered include general accessibility settings (Ease of Access) such as:

  • adjusting the cursor and pointer size of the mouse making it easier to see and locate
  • changing the size of apps and text,
  • general display and high contrast settings,
  • colour filters
  • magnifier (Windows 10 built-in magnifier)
  • immersive reading tools
  • customising Microsoft Word to meet different needs

Free software programs/apps will also be covered.
(If you have Windows laptop you can follow along in real time, but we will be unable to provided individual support.)



28th November 2019
University of Edinburgh

Online learning
(4:00pm - 5:30pm)

What you will learn

  • To analyse how to maximise the built-in tools in Microsoft Windows and Office
  • To explore Ease of Access tools in Windows 10
  • To customise Windows and Microsoft Office for individual preferences
  • To demonstrate assistive features of Immersive Reading tools to support pupils with visual impairment
  • To establish sources of free VI software and master how to use them

Who is the seminar and workshop aimed at?

  • Additional Support Needs staff in all sectors of Education including VI Specialists and class teachers, particularly those who are new to technology or would like a refresh to what is available.
  • Health professionals, social care and voluntary sector staff
  • Support Workers including respite care staff
  • Parents and other family members
  • Support Workers

Meet your presenter(s)

Craig Mill
Assistive Technology Advisor

Probably better known for developing the AccessApps, a suite of portable open source and free learning support tools that can be run from a USB drive.

Craig is also the developer of the awards winning MyStudyBar - a handy tool to support learners with literacy difficulties. Craig is keeping abreast of new developments in technology, particularly technology to help overcome barriers to learning.

About the event

  • Duration: 90 minutes, starting at 4:00pm
  • Equipment requirements: Mac or Windows PC (or laptop), internet connection, microphone optional.
  • Logging into the webinar room: Read 'Preparing for an Online Workshop' and ensure you have tested the webinar link before the day.
  • Format of the Online Learning: You will hear our presenters discussing and demonstrating assistive software and apps. There will be opportunities to ask questions using your microphone or typing into a Message box. There will be 'breakout rooms' which you will be split up into (we will do that for you from our side) and it gives the opportunity to have a more active learning experience and the chance to have smaller group discussions.
  • Weblink: This will be emailed to you a week before the event.


If you have technical problems and are not able to access the Online Learning on the day you will receive an archived recording of the session. No refunds will be given.