ERIC Number: ED481295
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000
Working Together: Computers and People with Mobility Impairments.
Washington Univ., Seattle.
This brief paper describes several computing tools that have been effectively used by individuals with mobility impairments. Emphasis is on tasks to be completed and how the individuals abilities (not disabilities), with possible assistance from technology, can be used to accomplish them. Preliminary information addresses the importance of facility access, furniture (proper seating and flexibility in positioning of keyboards, computer screens, and table height). Suggestions for keyboard access include pointers, use of software settings and functions available in standard software packages, use of a keyguard, alternative keyboards, and virtual keyboards. Also discussed are word prediction programs, alternative pointing systems, switch keyboard and mouse access using scanning or Morse code, speech recognition programs, and reading systems. Uses of low tech tools (such as adhesive Velcro) are also noted. The paper also lists contact and other information resources associated with Project DO-IT at the University of Washington. (DB)
Descriptors: Assistive Technology, Computer Interfaces, Computer Oriented Programs, Computer Peripherals, Computers, Elementary Secondary Education, Physical Disabilities, Physical Mobility
DO-IT, Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking & Technology, University of Washington, Box 355670, Seattle, WA 98195-5670. Tel: 206-685-DOIT (Voice/TTY); Fax: 206-221-4171; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: http://www.washington.edu/doit. For full text: http://www.washington.edu/doit.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.; National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA.
Authoring Institution: Washington Univ., Seattle.
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A
Note: The DO-IT (Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology) program is also funded by the State of Washington.