Assistive Technology

Giving All A "Fair" Chance TO Succeed!

What?

"Any item, piece of equipment, or product system, whether acquired commercially, modified, or customized, that is used to increase, maintain, or improve functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities".
- The U.S. Assistive Technology Act of 2004

Experince:

  • I knew of AT but never had any experiences with any of the technology/tool.

Reseached pieces:

Speech recognition software

  • Software that recognizes individual's voice then converts the digital audio to text document.
  • The longer one person uses a particular speech recognition software, the fewer mistakes it will make as it will have been oriented to the user. This might limit the number of users as the software might not work well for a secondary user.
  • These programs can be very beneficial to students who might have disabilities preventing them from using the keyboard.
  • Students can use this assistive technology to write a paper, take notes, and communicate with other students.

Screen magnifiers

  • Computer programs/software that interface with a computer's graphical output to present enlarged screen content to the user.
  • These programs have different magnification ranges, presenting a broad choice to different needs.
  • This type of assistive technology is suitable for students or individuals who are visually impaired.
  • Students can use this technology to read digital textbooks, whenever available, take tests and write papers.

Sources:

Abe, Kenji. "Speech Recognition System And Method For Speech Recognition." The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 134.1 (2013): 738. Web.

Theofanos, Mary Frances. "Helping Low-vision and Other Users with Web Sites That Meet Their Needs: Is One Site for All Feasible?" Technical Communication 52.1 (2005): 9-20. JSTOR. Web. 18 Mar. 2015.

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