Office 365 Accessibility at Work
Microsoft Office 365 provides a number of accessibility resources for the features within the suite of applications for our customers with low or no vision, and those who are deaf and/or hard of hearing.
Where can I find information on Office 365 accessibility?
Microsoft provides a dedicated accessibility website that serves as a portal for finding their help resources for accessibility.
Visual Impairment Resources
Work with assistive technologies
Office 365 applications work seamlessly with screen readers and keyboards on most devices. Step-by-step guidance is available per application to help you get started. To find instructions tailored for customers who use screen readers, go to Accessibility support for Office 365.
Office 365 seamlessly integrates with assistive technologies and accessibility settings on most devices. Additionally, some Office 365 applications offer built-in Ease of Access settings and Learning Tools to enhance reading and writing experiences for people of all abilities.
Accessibility Checkers, Accessible Templates, autogenerated Alt-Text for images and captions for audio are available with Office 365 to make it easier for everyone to make their emails, documents, presentations, and meetings more inclusive.
Below are accessibility resources for apps that are available in the Office 365 suite:
Deaf/Hard of Hearing Resources for Online Instruction
The Office of AccessAbility can assist students and faculty with captioning and interpreter online. OSA has been in contact with the students who are using these services to have a seamless transition from classroom to e-learning. At any time you have questions please do not hesitate to contact them at 972.883.2098 or by email at [email protected].
Deaf/Hard of Hearing students:
Microsoft TEAMS is easily accessible for faculty and students to set up a group chat. To ensure all students are included, if you should have someone that is using a sign language interpreter or captioning, please encourage them to contact our office.
Using Teams to communicate and chat with students, we encourage you to follow the guidelines provided below for captioning/translations for students with hearing loss/Deafness.
The outlined information is not a replacement for sign language or captioning in the classroom. This is to support communication between you and the student as well by keeping them involved with the classroom group projects and teams.
Add closed captions or subtitles to media in PowerPoint
Change closed caption settings
Make Windows easier to hear
Captioning YouTube Videos
Hearing Aid Compatible Headsets
For a list of approved hearing aid compatible headsets, please visit the headsets page.