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ERIC Number: ED280259
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986
Pages: 11
Abstractor: N/A
Commonly Asked Questions [Computers] and CAQ-#1 (Revised, October 1986).
Wisconsin Univ., Madison. Trace Center.
The two information fact sheets describe (1) available computer options for use with a handicapped individual and (2) available communication techniques or aids for a severely physically handicapped son or daughter. The first fact sheet considers three ways a physically disabled individual can use a microcomputer: using special software designed to run on standard computers; modifying the system software in the computer to allow the handicapped to use standard software; and using hardware adaptations or devices to allow the handicapped to manipulate standard software. Special software includes text-to-braille translation, talking systems, and enlarged print. Modification of system software focuses on changes in operating system instructions. Hardware adaptations include simple modifications to the keyboard; the connection of special alternate keyboards, disk drives, or displays; approaches to the acceleration of input rate; and alternate approaches to visual display information for blind individuals. The second fact sheet looks at the role of communication aids in conversation/interaction and in writing. The importance of communication rate (speed factors) in selecting any communication system is stressed. Evaluation services and additional information sources are listed. (DB)
Trace Research and Development Center, S-151 Waisman Center, 1500 Highland Ave., Madison, WI 53705 ($1.10).
Publication Type: Guides - General
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Parents
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Univ., Madison. Trace Center.
Note: A product of the Trace Research and Development Center on Communication, Control, and Computer Access for Handicapped Individuals. For related documents, see EC 192 411-415.