Windows 8 to feature assistive tech improvements for people with disabilities

Windows Narrator, a screen-reading program

“The new and improved Narrator will read quicker and feature more languages and voices…The final product will increase the amount of content Narrator reads during web browsing.”


“The Magnifier  is also being revamped for Windows 8 on touch-screen devices. Accessing the feature will bring up a border that determines the direction the magnifier moves, while plus and minus buttons control the magnification level.”

About Megan Shadrick

Megan Shadrick is the Associate Director of the Disability Resource Center-Access Technology Center at Missouri State University. She has a Bachelor of Science in Communication with an emphasis in Public Relations, a Master of Science in Administration with an emphasis in Communication, and a graduate certificate in Conflict & Dispute Resolution from Missouri State University. Megan also received training from Washington University St. Louis Law School in the areas of Family and Civil mediation. After working in the field of public relations for six years Megan chose to follow a passion for working with individuals with disabilities. She attended Western Michigan University where she earned a Master of Arts in Orientation & Mobility. Megan is also internationally certified as an orientation and mobility specialist (COMS). Prior to moving back to Springfield, Megan was President & CEO of O’Rourke Training & Consulting LLC. During that time she provided travel and access technology instruction to individuals with disabilities in southwest Michigan. Megan is currently a member of AHEAD, ATHEN, RESNA, and VI Professionals of Southwest Missouri.
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