ERIC Number: ED366811
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Dec-5
Reference Count: N/A
The Macintosh Computer: A Link between Work and the Disabled Worker.
DeGraw, Christine E.; Stroud, Lee H.
All students need to be computer literate; for students with disabilities, it may be even more important--it may be the only door to workplace skills. For many such students the computer can be the link that enables them to participate more fully in the educational process, learn the skills for career preparation, and adapt to the world of work. The Macintosh computer is "user friendly" and includes features easily used by students with special needs. Close View enlarges text for the visually impaired. Other adaptations available for visually impaired students are as follows: OutSPOKEN, which replaces visual icons with spoken words; the Duxbury Braille Translator; Voice Navigator, which uses sounds to activate macros; and PlainTalk, which provides both speech recognition and speech generation capabilities. Features to assist the upper extremity impaired are Macros, which allows users to program a few keystrokes to duplicate many strokes; Easy Access, which adapts keystrokes and mouse click for one-hand use; and a variety of alternative input devices and keyboards. Students with cognitive disabilities, such as head injuries or learning disabilities, may find alternative keyboards, word processing assists, Co:Writer, and Telepathic helpful. For the hearing impaired, Omnifone TDD allows communication between Mac and TDD. Speaking Dynamically enables speech impaired users to design their own communication board. Wheelchair users may use the Powerbook, a laptop computer. (YLB)
Descriptors: Accessibility (for Disabled), Assistive Devices (for Disabled), Communication Aids (for Disabled), Computer Oriented Programs, Education Work Relationship, Head Injuries, Hearing Impairments, Learning Disabilities, Physical Disabilities, Secondary Education, Sensory Aids, Special Needs Students, Speech Impairments, Visual Impairments, Wheelchairs
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers: Apple Macintosh
Note: Paper presented at the American Vocational Association Convention (Nashville, TN, December 5, 1993).