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ERIC Number: ED428730
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Jun
Pages: 7
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The Internet and Its Importance for Those with Disabilities: An Example.
Uhran, John J., Jr.; Beery, Peter; Wilkerson, Melissa
This paper presents a generalized solution to the problems that people with disabilities face regarding accessing the Internet. Of particular interest is the way in which the authors' paradigm allows for enhanced interaction with information resources, including distance learning and education in general. A basic overview is provided of the authors' approach to serving the World Wide Web accessibility needs of the disabled community. The focus of the project consisted of developing an Internet site that functions as a central location for computer resources targeted at the disabled. In addition to the Web site, a number of specific interface modules have been developed, including several virtual keyboards, a voice controlled mouse, an acoustic output mouse, a joystick-based mouse, and other acoustic navigation tools. An example of the of the unique features of the disability resource Web site is presented--a customizable lightweight voice recognition/PC control module for speech impaired users. Four figures illustrate: using the Web to provide access to the world; discrete non-verbal utterance recognition process flow-chart; a typical "D" sound; and the frequency power spectrum of the "D" sound. A table contains a sample identification of the female vocalization of "D." (Author/DLS)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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