ERIC Number: ED312868
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-May
Reference Count: N/A
Computers for Vocational Purposes. PAM Repeater, No. 53.
Heiner, Donna; Ensign, Arselia S., Ed.
This pamphlet provides information on selection of a personal computer system for individuals with physical disabilities. It is directed toward adults or young adults who need to access such application programs as word processing, database management, and spreadsheets for higher education or vocational purposes. Following a brief description of what microcomputers can do, a comparison is presented of Macintosh and MS-DOS computers. A chart lists major input/output adapted features available for either the Macintosh or MS-DOS computers, such as voice recognition, optical head pointer, word prediction, and braille hard copy output. Peripheral equipment to be considered is also described, including printers, hard disk drives, color monitors, and memory options. In addition to consideration of the type of computer application and the adaptive hardware needed, performance level is identified as a decision-making factor. Three models each from Macintosh, IBM, and Zenith are categorized as Level 1, Level 2, and Level 3 in performance and their capabilities are described. (JDD)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Book/Product Reviews
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Physically Impaired Association of Michigan, Lansing. PAM Assistance Centre.
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