AbilityNet is using a grant from Microsoft to upgrade our free and popular accessibility tool My Computer My Way. The new version will make it easier than ever to find details of the accessibility settings and other adjustments that can change the lives of disabled people. It will include details of the new Windows 10 operating system and provide more dynamic content, enhanced functionality and better usability.
My Computer My Way is an online tool that provides free information and support for disabled people on how to use their computers, laptops and smartphones. In the last 12 monthsit has been used by almost half a million people worldwide with advice and guidance on the built-in accessibility options offered by Windows and other operating systems.
Robin Christopherson, Head of Digital Inclusion at AbilityNet said:
"Last year over 200,000 Windows 7 and 8 users accessed My Computer My Way guides on topics such as how to use their keyboard to control their mouse pointer, or how to make it appear larger on the screen. These are among our most frequently asked questions at AbilityNet and our job is to make sure that disabled people can find out how to use their computer in a way that works for them.”
As part of the #upgradeyourworld campaign, AbilityNet has been awarded a grant of £30K by Microsoft to upgrade the My Computer My Way portal to support the accessibility features in Windows 10. Robin went on to say:
"This generous support not only allows us to expand the reach of My Computer My Way to include the exciting new features in Windows 10, but also enables us to update information across all areas (including Windows Mobile, Android, iOS and Mac) and to enhance and improve the design and overall user-experience no matter what device or screen size they use."
My Computer My Way was originally developed ten years ago with the support of Microsoft to provide older and disabled people with easy to follow instructions on how to make their computers easier to use.