Windows has long included a range of accessibility option that make it easier for certain conditions and disabilities to use a computer. Alejandra Tristan is a teenager who suffers with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS) — a condition which causes joint problems and frequent dislocations. She is just one of the people who has benefited from the touchscreen capabilities of Windows 8.
EDA meant that using a keyboard and mouse was all but impossible for Alejandra. This obviously impacted on her ability to do schoolwork, but also prevented her from indulging in the things that other teenager do, like engaging on social networks.
The accessibility option found in Windows 8 helped Alejandra immensely. Using a combination of the on-screen keyboard and voice recognition, she is able to stay connected and get on with work. It’s not just Windows 8 that has proved helpful. Alejandra’s condition means that she is often unable to leave the house, and this is where Skype comes into play.
“I love Skype. Through video chatting I get to go ‘outside’,” she says, when talking about using the messaging tool to speak with her tutors. She is also able to connect with other EDS suffers online, and uses Microsoft Fresh Paint to practice one of her hobbies.
Check out Alejandra talking about how helpful she found Windows 8 in the video below:Further reading: Microsoft, Skype, Windows 8