ERIC Number: ED364189
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
Reference Count: N/A
Assistive Technology for the Disabled Computer User.
Assistive technology that can help disabled computer users is described, and a resource guide to computer help for the disabled is presented. The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 has broad implications for higher education, in that it mandates that colleges and universities give disabled students equal access to computers on public campuses. Broadly defined, assistive technology includes any device or piece of equipment that increases the independence of a disabled person. The ordinary personal computer or network station has several potential problem areas for the disabled person. Common access problems and their solutions are described, grouping current technologies that assist the disabled into the following categories: (1) visual impairments; (2) mobility impairments; and (3) speech, language, and hearing impairments. The resource guide lists and briefly describes 14 resources for the disabled computer user, divided into categories for the United States, Canada, and North Carolina. It also lists electronic resources, including two Internet/Telnet sources and nine Bitnet list servers. (SLD)
Descriptors: Access to Information, Assistive Devices (for Disabled), Communication Aids (for Disabled), Computer Networks, Computer Oriented Programs, Computer Peripherals, Computer System Design, Demonstration Centers, Disabilities, Educational Technology, Higher Education, Microcomputers, Resources, Sensory Aids, Technological Advancement
Publication Type: Reference Materials - Directories/Catalogs; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: North Carolina Univ., Chapel Hill. Inst. for Academic Technology.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Americans with Disabilities Act 1990; Equal Access