Computers

Keyboards for Users with Dexterity Impairments

Some people have trouble hitting the right keys accurately or holding down one key while pressing another.  There are hardware and software solutions that provide accommodations; this article covers the basics and will help you get started.

Software Solutions

Utilities

All operating systems have two utilities that change how the keyboard works.  StickyKeys lets the user press keys one at a time to get combinations like "CTRL-P" for printing, instead of having to hold one key down while pressing another.  Filter Keys reduces unwanted keystrokes.

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Kindle and Screen Readers

Thursday, April 11, 2013
12 PM Pacific, 3 PM Eastern

EASI will demonstrate some of the strengths and problems of Kindle for those who use a screen reader.

Kindle hardware devices sometimes claim to be accessible, but that is misleading. They may read the e-book contents with a text-to-speach voice, but the user who is blind cannot navigate the device to even locate the desired book.

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Assistive Technology Workshop with Developer R.J. Cooper


At this conference at Pathfinder Village's Kennedy-Willis Center, R.J. Cooper, a technology developer from California, demonstrates technology and applications that can help developmentally disabled students learn and communicate better.

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Captioned Version

There is a well captioned version of this video available on the universalsubtitles.org website.

Laser Pointers for Low Tech Augmentative Communication


Demonstration of using a head mounted laser pointer as one form of low tech communication for an individual with ALS.

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Everything I can't do in the real world I can do with my Mac


Joe Barnick was born with spinal muscular atrophy and cannot use a keyboard or mouse, yet thanks to assistive technology he can use his computer to do all those things he cannot do in real life.  He talks about doing a newsletter on AT and Macintosh for Assistiveware.

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Assistive Technology in Action: Meet Sam


A young man with cerebral palsy who, with the help of AT, is a successful college student, blogger, and sportsman.

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Windows 8 Access Features

Access improvements to Windows 8 include:

  • Redesigned Narrator to improve its performance so that it quickly reads out what you have selected.

  • Added more languages and voices to Narrator to support additional countries and preferences.

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Archived webinar on Accessible Webinars

 

Peggy Greenwell, Accessibility Specialist , U.S. Access Board and Robin A. Jones, Director , DBTAC - Great Lakes ADA Center presented on 9/6/2012. The  pdf, text, and webinar recording is available at Accessibility Online.

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Making a Measurable Difference with Accessible Instructional Materials

Tuesday, October 30, 2012
10 am Pacific, 11 am Mountain, Noon Central, 1 pm Eastern

Offered by the AIM Center, presenters Joanne Karger and Joy Zabala consider the impact of accessible instructional materials formats delivered in a timely manner and what impact that should be having on students educational outcomes.

Offered by the AIM Center, presenters Joanne Karger and Joy Zabala consider the impact of accessible instructional materials formats delivered in a timely manner and what impact that should be having on students educational outcomes. This webinar will highlight three aspects in which change would be expected to occur and consider ways to capture qualitative and quantitative data on these c

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