Al-Quds University is dedicated to providing an inclusive and accessible learning environment for all students, including those with visual impairments. One of the key aspects of this commitment is the implementation of built-in accessibility computer systems designed to meet the unique needs of visually impaired students. These systems enable students with visual impairments to effectively access, navigate, and interact with digital content, fostering equal opportunities for academic success.
Features of Built-in Accessibility Computer Systems
A. Screen Readers
- Uing a reading software that converts on-screen text into speech, allowing visually impaired students to listen to written content.
- Ensuring compatibility with multiple languages to cater to the diverse student population at Al-Quds University.
- Training students, faculty, and staff on using screen readers and integrate this software into the university’s computer labs and classrooms.
B. Magnification Tools
- Offering built-in magnification tools that enable visually impaired students to enlarge text, images, and other on-screen elements for easier readability.
- Ensuring compatibility with various operating systems and devices, such as desktop computers, laptops, and tablets.
- Providing adjustable settings for magnification levels, color contrast, and cursor size to accommodate individual needs and preferences.
C. Braille Displays and Printers
- Equiping computer labs and resource centers with braille displays and printers that allow visually impaired students to access digital content in braille format.
- Ensuring compatibility with various braille codes and languages.
- Providing training and support for students, faculty, and staff on using braille technology effectively.
D. Voice Recognition and Dictation Software
- Implementing voice recognition and dictation software that enables visually impaired students to control computers and input text using speech commands.
- Ensuring compatibility with multiple languages and various devices.
- Offering training and support to help students effectively utilize voice recognition and dictation tools in their academic work.
III. Training and Support for Visually Impaired Students
- Offering orientation sessions and workshops for visually impaired students to familiarize them with the built-in accessibility computer systems and their features.
- Providing ongoing technical support to address any issues, concerns, or difficulties encountered by visually impaired students while using the computer systems.
- Training faculty and staff on the accessibility features and best practices for creating accessible digital content to ensure a seamless learning experience for visually impaired students.