Adaptive Technologies for Learning & Work Environments

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American Library Association, 2001 - Business & Economics - 204 pages
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There is no doubt that advancements in technology can make learning, work, and life in general, easier. This updated and expanded new edition of a cutting-edge work breaks down all of the latest products and systems for making technology accessible to all. From desktop and notebook PCs to the Internet, adaptive technology expert Joe Lazzaro details - in lay terms - the latest advancements in assistive hardware and software, how to implement them, and how to provide vital training and technical support. Detailed chapters identify options for people with visual, hearing, motor, speech, and learning disabilities. Lazzaro explains how to operate Windows, Macintosh, and Unix PCs from the keyboard, rather than the mouse, and spotlights built-in accessibility utilities found on these platforms. An entire chapter is devoted to public and private sector funding sources, and helpful appendices are packed with resources to help you locate agencies and organizations that support adaptive technology for people with disabilities. New to this edition are chapters devoted to keyboard commands, built-in accessibility utilities, and Internet/Intranet accessibility. An extensive chapter uncovers the
 

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Personal Computer Hardware Basics
1
Driving the Computer from the Keyboard
17
Technology for Persons with Vision Impairments
28
Technology for Persons Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing
42
Technology for Persons with Motor Disabilities
54
Technologies for Persons with Speech Disabilities
64
Technologies for Persons with Learning Disabilities
69
Foundations for Assistive Technology
75
Accessing the Internet and Intranets
82
Funding Adaptive Technology
91
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