Computers and Assistive Devices for People with Disabilities
Computers and assistive devices are always being improved for disabled consumers. In the past people with disabilities had no access to computers and limited assistive devices.
Those who have a learning disability process information differently and struggle to read things online and use software. Dyslexia and visual impairments also come with a set of barriers. A simple thing such as the color scheme on a website can be difficult for a person with vision loss. fortunately, there is Braille keyboards and software readers available.
Software is now installed and alerts the user of sounds from the website – benefiting the hearing impaired. Hearing impaired people can benefit from computers as they can communicate via text online.
There are adaptive keyboards and mouse devices for those with physical disabilities. All they need to do is speak the command to the computer instead of using a keyboard. For students with physical disabilities, there is assistive technology available, such as:
- Keyboard adaptors – prevents mistyping from shaking or loss of control
- Audio books – for those who cannot hold books
- Voice recognition – for those who cannot type
Assistive technology for the visually impaired includes:
- Screen magnification software – enlarges portion of screen where mouse pointer is
- Screen reader software – translates text to Braille
- Text to speech software
- Audio texts
Stephen Hawking is one good example of how assistive technology has changed education. Hawking would not have been able to have continued his works without this technology.