Microsoft recently commissioned Forrester Consulting to conduct a Total Economic Impact™ Analysis of Microsoft Accessibility And Assistive Technologies For Education to quantify the benefits of Microsoft accessibility tools for students, teachers and schools.
According to the news release from Microsoft, “Forrester conducted numerous interviews across K-12, Higher Education, and an alternative school. These schools were using the built-in accessibility tools that are offered with our Microsoft 365 platform, including Office 365 and Windows 10. These schools represent over 90,000 students and 5000 faculty and staff.”
The research showed the following barriers to implementing Assistive Technology in schools:
- Existing solutions could not be widely deployed and often had a stigma associated with them
- Learning experiences could be disjointed and distracting
- Technology costs and effort were too high.
Microsoft reported that “the study revealed that by deploying and using Microsoft Accessibility and assistive technology tool… schools can improve student learning, reduces costs and effort, and save time and be more effective.”