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  • Writer's pictureThabo Baseki

The Future is Accessible

Updated: Oct 29, 2023

Microsoft Copilot logo along with logos for other products in the Microsoft Office suite
Microsoft Copilot

You’ve probably heard a lot about artificial intelligence, or AI, lately. It’s a big deal in the world of technology, and it can do amazing things. One of the coolest things that AI can do is help you use your computer better. That’s what Microsoft Copilot does. It’s a new feature in Windows 11 that gives you smart suggestions for whatever you want to do on your computer. Whether you want to make something, write something, or learn something, Copilot is there to help you out. It works with different apps that you already have on your computer, like Paint and Photos, Word and PowerPoint, Outlook and Teams, and more. It also helps you with different tasks and workflows that you need to do. Copilot is like having a friend who knows everything and can help you be more creative and productive. In this article, we’ll tell you how Copilot is not only awesome for computing but also great for blind people.

Copilot: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Copilot is a powerful tool, but it’s not perfect. Sometimes it can make mistakes or give you suggestions that you don’t want. That’s why you need to be careful and check everything when you use Copilot’s suggestions. Don’t just trust what Copilot says, but make sure it’s what you really want. This way, you can make sure your work is good and your reputation is safe.

Copilot: A Game-Changer for Accessibility

One of the best things about Copilot is how it helps blind people use computers better. Most computers are designed for people who can see well, which can be hard for people who can’t see well or at all. But Copilot makes it easier by letting you talk to your computer in natural language. For blind people, Copilot’s way of talking is awesome. You can use screen readers and other tools to talk to Copilot and get answers from it. You just type what you want to do, and Copilot will give you suggestions in text format. This way, you can use Copilot’s amazing features without any problems. This means that blind people have the same chances to use Copilot’s power as anyone else, making their computer experience fairer and fun.


Imagine It, Do It

Copilot can also help blind people make graphics for their work, using its smart AI technology. For example, if a blind person wants to make a logo for their website or blog, they can just type something like “make a logo for Vision In Word”. Copilot will then make a graphic based on what they typed and show it on the screen. The person can then use screen readers or other tools to get feedback on the graphic and change it if they want to. One example of a graphic that was made with Copilot is the Vision in Word logo, which is on the website where this blog post is from.

Vision in Word's new logo, created by Copilot
Vision in Word's new logo, created by Copilot

What do you think? Copilot’s use of AI technology in everyday computing is a big step forward in making computers more accessible for blind people. By letting them talk to their computer in natural language and helping them with different tasks, Copilot gives blind people more opportunities to join the digital age. As technology keeps changing, things like Copilot make the future more inclusive, where everyone, no matter what they can or can’t do, can use AI to achieve their dreams and express their creativity. Yes, the digital future is accessible!

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