On-screen keyboards provide an image of a standard or modified keyboard on the computer screen that allows the user to select keys with a mouse, touch screen, trackball, joystick, switch, or electronic pointing device
Cloud computing is the use of computing resources (hardware and software) which are available in a remote location and accessible over a network (typically the Internet).Wearable computers, also known as body-borne computers are miniature electronic devices that are worn under, with or on top of clothing.
Assistive Technology Options for computer users with disabilities
Assistive Technology Optionsfor computer users with disabilitiesatpdc 1
AT Program for the District of Columbia(ATPDC)Alicia JohnsAssistive Technology Program ManagerKazuko Ross (Kaz)Assistive Technology SpecialistAssistive Technology Resource Center202-589-0288 EXT 137/EXT firstname.lastname@example.org 2
The Assistive Technology Program for the District of Columbia(ATPDC) is funded by the Rehabilitation Services Administration ofthe U.S. Department of Education, under the Assistive TechnologyAct of 1998 as amended.The project is administered by the Rehabilitation Administration ofthe District of Columbia Department on Disability Services andUniversity Legal Services.3Assistive Technology Program for the District of Columbia(ATPDC)
What is Assistive Technology?• Devices– “any item, piece of equipment, or product system,whether acquired commercially, modified, or customized,that is used to increase, maintain, or improve functionalcapabilities of individuals with disabilities” (AT Act of 1998,as amended)• Services– "any services that directly assist an individual with adisability in the selection, acquisition, or use of an assistivetechnology device" (AT Act of 1998, as amended)atpdc 4
Low, Mid, and High-techAssistive Technology Devices• Low: Inexpensive, easily made, easy to learn, readilyavailable, easy to replace/maintain• Mid: May cost more, require some training, havespecial design, often need power source• High: Higher cost, need specific training to learn,often customizedatpdc 5
AT Services and Typesatpdc 6Any service that directly assists an individual with adisability in the selection, acquisition or use of an assistivetechnology device. Assistive technology services entail acomprehensive and often ongoing process.InformationReferralsEvaluationsAssessmentsFabricationOrderingFittingTrainingRecommendationMaintenanceFollow upThe use of devices and the provision of services makesup the assistive technology service delivery system.
• Learning Disabilities• Computer Access• Vision, Hearing, Speech Communication Aids• Mobility Aids / Seating and Positioning• Environmental Control Systems• Vehicle modification and transportation• Learning, cognition, and developmental• Aids to Daily Living• Architectural Modifications• Recreation, sports, leisure7Types of AT Devices
• Persons with limited mobility• Persons with low-vision or who are blind• Persons with hard-of-hearing or deaf8Brief introduction:Computer use with Assistive Technology
9AT Optionsfor persons with limited mobilityTouch screenTrackball/Joystick/Foot mouseHand-free miceEye Gaze systemOn-screen keyboardTyping aidsMouth sticksand Head pointersOne-handed keyboardHalf-qwertykeyboardSpeechRecognitionSoftware
10AT Optionsfor persons with low-vision or BlindFor persons with Low visionMAGicZoom-TextJawsWindow-EyesFor the BlindLarge fontkeyboardZoomCapsLabelsNVDAhttp://community.nvda-project.org/NonVisual DesktopAccess (NVDA) is a freeand open source screenreader for the MicrosoftWindows operatingsystem.$400-$800Free$895 - $1095
AT Options fordeaf/hard-of-hearing(Communication methods –ASL/Text/VRS/VRI)TTYwith Large Visual DisplayCapTelP3Purple CommunicationVideo/IP RelaySorensonVRSVideo RelayText messages/videocommunicationson mobile devicesZVRSZ-20Video Relay
ZVRS Serviceswww.zvrs.com• VCO PlusUse your own voice to speak to the othercaller when placing VRS calls, PLUS• eZcallMake both ZVRS and videophone callsClick on any phone number on the web pageto call• HolaVRS (Español)If ASL users would like to speak with Spanish-speaking friends and family. Use HolaVRS.• Z5 Mobile and desktopExperience communication freedom on theiriPad or iPhone anywhereOr on your desktop
Technology Changeatpdc 13The Livescribe Sky smartpenhas an audio recorder withbuilt-in wifi and capturesconversations or lectures asyou write in a specialnotebook. Later, you canlisten to the recording that issynchronized with thespecial notebook or on yourmobile device by usingEvernote app, which is acloud computing app orservice.www.livescribe.comwww.evernote.comWearable computing(e.g. Google Glass)Cloud computing(e.g. a Livescribe Sky smartpen & Evernote app)Today, technology changesrapidly and this has resulted innew technology becoming moreavailable for persons withdisabilities.