ERIC Number: ED280259
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986
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)
Descriptors: Accessibility (for Disabled), Communication Aids (for Disabled), Computer Software, Computers, Disabilities, Electronic Equipment, Input Output Devices, Media Adaptation, Microcomputers, Physical Disabilities
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
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.