Computer Accessibility Solutions
How can assistive technology make computers more accessible?
Access to computers is essential both in today’s work environments, as well as for life management in the home. A variety of assistive technologies exist that minimize barriers to computer access by people with disabilities. Whether the challenge is low vision or blindness, movement control, or learning disabilities, assistive technology can empower the user to access information and use computers to work, learn, communicate, manage daily tasks and play.
For persons with physical, sensory, and/or cognitive disabilities, computers can provide a whole new realm of independence. Computer hardware and software can speak for non-verbal persons; read for persons with blindness or low vision; assist individuals with learning disabilities to more easily perform cognitive activities; allow persons who are deaf to communicate by phone; activate environmental controls for persons with paralysis; and much more.
For someone who knows little or nothing about computers, however, the prospect of selecting and purchasing the appropriate hardware and software to meet their individual needs can be overwhelming. Hopefully the articles in this section will help you to better understand the possibilities available.