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Accessibility for People with Disabilities

Microsoft is committed to making its products and services easier for everyone to use. This topic provides information about the following features, products, and services that make products in the Microsoft Windows Server family more accessible for people with disabilities.

NoteNote

The information in this section applies only to users who license Microsoft products in the United States. If you obtained this product outside the United States, your package contains a subsidiary information card listing Microsoft support services telephone numbers and addresses. You can contact your subsidiary to determine whether the type of products and services described in this section are available in your area. For more information, available in English, French, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, and Italian, see the Microsoft Accessibility Web Site.

Besides the Windows accessibility features and utilities described in the next section, the Help Viewer makes SQL Server more accessible for people with disabilities.

The Help Viewer

The Help Viewer is the tool through which you read the product documentation. The tool is equipped with accessibility features, including shortcut keys for navigation and commands. The Help Viewer also uses some of the accessibility features of Microsoft Internet Explorer. For example, it lets you change the colors of the display on your computer screen.

Many accessibility features have been built into the Microsoft family of Windows operating systems. These features are useful for individuals who have difficulty typing or using a mouse, are blind or have low vision, or who are deaf or hard-of-hearing. The features can be installed during setup.

Accessibility options and features are built into many Microsoft products, including the Windows family of operating systems. Accessibility options and features are useful for individuals who have difficulty typing or using a mouse, are blind or have low vision, or who are deaf or hard-of-hearing.

Free Step-by-Step Tutorials

  • Microsoft offers a series of step-by-step tutorials to help you learn how to adjust the accessibility options and settings on your computer. The tutorials provide detailed procedures about how to adjust options, features, and settings to meet the needs of people with disabilities and accessibility needs. This information is presented in a side-by-side format so that you can see at a glance how to use the mouse, the keyboard, or a combination of both. Step-by-step tutorials for the several products are available at the Microsoft Accessibility Web Site.

A variety of assistive technology products are available to make computers easier to use for people with disabilities.

Microsoft provides a searchable catalog of assistive technology products that run on Windows operating systems at the Microsoft Accessibility Web Site.

The following types of products are available:

  • Programs that enlarge or modify the color of information on the screen for people with visual impairments.

  • Programs that describe information on the screen in Braille or that provide synthesized speech for people who are blind or have difficulty reading.

  • Hardware and software utilities that modify the behavior of the mouse and keyboard.

  • Programs that enable people to type by using a mouse or their voice.

  • Word or phrase prediction software that let people type more quickly and with fewer keystrokes.

  • Alternative input devices, such as single switch or puff-and-sip devices, for people who cannot use a mouse or a keyboard.

Upgrading

If you use an assistive technology product, contact your assistive technology vendor to check compatibility with products on your computer before upgrading. Your assistive technology vendor can also help you learn how to adjust your settings to optimize compatibility with your version of Windows or other Microsoft products.

Microsoft product documentation is available in alternative formats to help our customers with accessibility needs.

Obtaining Documentation for SQL Server

The documentation for SQL Server is available online. For more information, see Using SQL Server Books Online.

You can obtain accessible documentation for Microsoft products from the Microsoft Accessibility Web Site.

Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic, Inc.

You can obtain additional Microsoft publications from Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic, Inc. These documents are distributed to registered, eligible members of the distribution service on audiocassettes or floppy disks. The collection contains more than 80,000 titles, including Microsoft product documentation and books from Microsoft Press. For information about eligibility and availability of Microsoft product documentation and books from Microsoft Press, contact:

Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic, Inc. 20 Roszel Road Princeton, NJ 08540

Phone from within the United States: (800) 221-4792

Phone from outside the United States and Canada: (609) 452-0606

Fax: (609) 987-8116 Web: http://www.rfbd.org/

If you are deaf or hard-of-hearing, complete access to Microsoft product and customer services is available through a text telephone (TTY/TDD) service.

Customer Service

You can contact the Microsoft Sales Information Center on a text telephone by dialing (800) 892-5234 between 6:30 A.M. and 5:30 P.M. Pacific time, Monday through Friday, excluding holidays.

Technical Help

For technical help in the United States, you can contact Microsoft Product Support Services on a text telephone at (800) 892-5234 between 6:00 A.M. and 6:00 P.M. Pacific time, Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. In Canada, dial (905) 568-9641 between 8:00 A.M. and 8:00 P.M. Eastern time, Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. Microsoft support services are subject to the prices, terms, and conditions in place at the time the service is used.

Information about assistive technology for improving the lives of people with disabilities is provided at the Microsoft Accessibility Web Site.

The information on this site benefits people with disabilities and their friends and family members, people in outreach organizations, educators, and advocates.

A free monthly electronic newsletter is available to help you keep up to date with accessibility topics about Microsoft products. To subscribe, see the Microsoft Accessibility Web Site.

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