Microsoft is committed to making products that are accessible (accessibility: The quality of a given system of hardware or software that makes it usable by people with one or more physical disabilities, such as restricted mobility, blindness, or deafness.) to all people, including those with disabilities.
Accessibility features in PowerPoint
Many accessibility features are built right into Microsoft PowerPoint. These features are available to everyone, without the need for additional accessibility aids (accessibility aids: Utilities that make computers easier to use for people with disabilities. Examples of accessibility aids include screen readers, speech recognition programs, and on-screen keyboards.).
You can customize PowerPoint to better suit your needs:
Task automation features
You can automate PowerPoint to perform repetitive tasks to reduce keystrokes. Automation features allow you to do the following:
Information on the Web
If you have access to the World Wide Web, you can learn more about the accessibility features included in Microsoft products from the Microsoft Accessibility Web site. To learn about creating accessible content for your Web pages, refer to the accessibility standards developed by the World Wide Web Consortium.
Printed information about Microsoft services
More information about Microsoft services for people with disabilities is available in an appendix in the book Discovering the Microsoft Office 2003 Editions, which comes with Microsoft Office. For example, you'll find information about how people who are deaf or hard-of-hearing can contact the Microsoft Sales and Information Center or the Microsoft Support Network. You'll also find information about obtaining Microsoft documentation from Recording for the Blind, Inc., for those who have difficulty reading or handling printed documentation. The appendix also describes third-party hardware and software products that make personal computers easier to use for people with disabilities, and lists organizations to contact for more information.
System accessibility options
If you own a Microsoft Windows-based computer, you can set or change system accessibility options. Many of these options affect the way you work in Microsoft Office programs. For example, the Microsoft Windows StickyKeys feature is designed for people who have difficulty holding down two or more keys at a time. When a shortcut in an Office program requires a key combination, such as CTRL+P, StickyKeys will enable you to press one key at a time instead of pressing them simultaneously.