ERIC Number: ED210896
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Computerized Aids for the Handicapped.
The report examines a variety of computerized aids and devices for individuals with visual, communication, or other disabilities, as well as ways computers may be used in the education and employment of handicapped individuals. Considered in the section on visual and hearing aids are talking meters, braille terminals, devices for reading standard print, auditory adjuncts, and diagnosis and therapy aids. Aids for the physically handicapped described include wheelchairs, environmental control devices, a worktable, and self feeding devices. Systems, computerized and manual, to improve communication for the speech impaired are briefly described, and include both scanner and direct selection types. Among uses of the computer in the education and employment of the handicapped discussed are simulation of laboratory experiments, remedial instruction, the use of the computer in the worker's home, and computer programing as a career for the handicapped. Identified are such recent improvements in computer applications as simplification of hardware, increased flexibility, and decreased costs. Identified weaknesses of current computer technology include portability, problems of maintenance, and the tendency to reduce microcomputer applications to one task problems. Appended is a list of resources including publications, organizations, and manufacturers. (DB)
Descriptors: Communication Aids (for Disabled), Computers, Disabilities, Electromechanical Aids, Electronic Equipment, Employment Opportunities, Microcomputers, Physical Disabilities, Remedial Instruction, Visual Impairments
ERIC Clearinghouse on Handicapped and Gifted Children, The Council for Exceptional Children, 1920 Association Dr., Reston, VA 22091 ($1.00 while supply lasts).
Publication Type: ERIC Publications
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Handicapped and Gifted Children, Reston, VA.