Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Maine Antique Digest on Assistive Technology

I never suspected Maine Antique Digest to get into Assistive Technology, but there it is. In their March 2009 edition, in their computer column is an article entitled, Assitive Technology
Geared towards antique users, not those collecting antique AT, it's not the most detailed article, it does introduce the idea those unfamiliar with what AT is. It covers vision, mobility and speech impairments. I would have liked to see a bit more detailed information, but it's a start.

"Many antiquers depend on their computers for things such as writing letters and using the Internet for research, buying, or selling, but suppose reduced vision or mobility interferes with using a computer. Such problems can arise suddenly because of injury or illness, develop gradually, or exist lifelong. Perhaps the following ideas will help you or allow you to help someone else.

Information on computer technology to overcome reduced vision or mobility is available. In fact, there is so much information that it is hard to sort out. We can only do a broad survey and point out possible directions. The Internet is a rich source, but every hardware or software solution found should be evaluated. Some will be obsolete or unsuccessful. Others still will be under development. The successful current products will vary greatly in price."
-Maine Antique Digest

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