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As part of Disability Awareness Month in March, this assistive technologies program was presented to staff and patrons of the Monroe County Public Library.

As part of Disability Awareness Month in March, this assistive technologies program was presented to staff and patrons of the Monroe County Public Library.

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  • 1. AssistiveTechnologies @ Your Library Presented by Austin Stroud Instructional Designer – Monroe County Public Library
  • 2. Introductions Me: •Instructional designer at Monroe County Public Library •Adjunct Faculty at IvyTech Community College •ITTrainer at Indiana University You: •Do you use or support anyone who uses assistive technologies at the Library? •What are you hoping to learn more about today?
  • 3. What is AssistiveTechnology? What types of things do you think of when you hear the term assistive technology?
  • 4. Assistive technologies make things easier to see and read. Vision
  • 5. Hearing Assistive technologies make things easier to listen to or hear.
  • 6. Speech Assistive technologies make it easier to communicate.
  • 7. Mobility Assistive technologies make it easier for a person to move around.
  • 8. Touch Assistive technologies make things easier to feel or touch.
  • 9. This list is not all-inclusive – there are assistive technologies to make almost anything easier to use.
  • 10. What is AssistiveTechnology? AssistiveTechnology is defined in theTechnology-Related Assistance Act (Tech Act) as "any item piece of equipment, or product system, whether acquired commercially off the shelf, modified, or customized, that is used to increase, maintain, or improve functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities" (Tech Act, 1988). Assistive technology can be made at home and designed specifically for an individual, purchased in a local store, or ordered out of a catalog that is targeted toward people with disabilities and their families.Technology can be high tech or low tech. Examples of low tech are ramps, switches, switch-operated toys, communication boards, car door openers, dycem (non-skid material), reachers, roll-in showers, and velcro. Some high tech examples include computers, software, extended keyboards, electronic communication devices, power wheelchairs, and van lifts for wheelchairs. Source: http://www.iidc.indiana.edu/?pageId=2504
  • 11. What AssistiveTechnologies are at the Library? If the video does not load or play automatically, you can access it onYouTube via this link: http://youtu.be/AvMDq1rKLMU
  • 12. Microsoft’s Ease of Access Center Next, let’s play around with some of the tools in Microsoft’s Ease of Access Center on every computer at Monroe County Public Library. To open the Ease of Access Center: 1.Left click on the ‘Start’ button in the bottom left of your screen (theWindows logo). 2.Navigate on this menu to ‘All Programs’. 3.Find the ‘Accessories’ folder and left click on it to open. 4.Find the ‘Ease of Access’ folder and left click on it to open. 5.Left click on ‘Ease of Access Center’ to open all of the tools rather than clicking on one individually.
  • 13. Magnifier • Open the magnifier by left clicking on ‘Start Magnifier’. • If you would like to practice using this tool on your own, you may find these reference sources helpful: • http://tinyurl.com/m899zyp • http://tinyurl.com/q88blyh
  • 14. Narrator • Open the narrator by left clicking on ‘Start Narrator’. You may also want to put your headphones on so you can hear what the narrator says. • If you would like to practice using this tool on your own, you may find these reference sources helpful: • http://tinyurl.com/kdzv3bs • http://tinyurl.com/ldhylvk
  • 15. On-Screen Keyboard • Open the on-screen keyboard by left clicking on ‘Start On-Screen Keyboard’. • If you would like to practice using this tool on your own, you may find these reference sources helpful: • http://tinyurl.com/o8xe7uy • http://tinyurl.com/pbocysn
  • 16. OtherTools There are many more tools available on computers (and anyWindows-based computer) at Monroe County Public Library, that unfortunately we won’t have time to go into detail with today. Some other things to note: •Speech recognition: http://tinyurl.com/mr6674c •Make the computer easier to see: http://tinyurl.com/oq2ooss •Make the mouse easier to use: http://tinyurl.com/n99yhgh •Make the keyboard easier to use: http://tinyurl.com/mycpl29 •Make it easier to focus on tasks: http://tinyurl.com/lncnbjf
  • 17. Contact Information Austin Stroud Instructional Designer Monroe County Public Library 303 East Kirkwood Avenue Bloomington, In 47408 astroud@mcpl.info (812)349-3050 - the only Austin at the library 
  • 18. Tour/Questions With the time remaining, let’s take a look at some of the assistive technologies in the Library that you saw in the video we watched earlier. You can also use this time to ask any questions you may have about assistive technologies at Monroe County Public Library or in general.