Joseph J. Lazzaro is director of the Adaptive Technology Program at the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind in Boston, which provides rehabilitation engineering services and consulting on assistive technology. In this capacity, he recommends, installs, and trains consumers on computers equipped with assistive systems for visually impaired workers and students. He is the author of Adapting PCs for Disabilities and has written for such publications as Byte, the New York Times, IEEE Spectrum, and Computer Shopper. Lazzaro is also an online instructor with Equal Access to Software and Information (EASI), a group dedicated to providing training and resources on assistive technology, and maintains a web site at www.joelazzaro.com.
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There is no doubt that advancements in technology can make learning, work, and life in general, easier. This updated and expanded new edition of a cutting-edge work breaks down all of the latest products and systems for making technology accessible to all.
From desktop and notebook PCs to the Internet, adaptive technology expert Joe Lazzaro details—in lay terms—the latest advancements in assistive hardware and software, how to implement them, and how to provide vital training and technical support. Detailed chapters identify options for people with visual, hearing, motor, speech, and learning disabilities. Lazzaro explains how to operate Windows, Macintosh, and Unix PCs from the keyboard, rather than the mouse, and spotlights built-in accessibility utilities found on these platforms. An entire chapter is devoted to public and private sector funding sources, and helpful appendices are packed with resources to help you locate agencies and organizations that support adaptive technology for people with disabilities. New to this edition are chapters devoted to keyboard commands, built-in accessibility utilities, and Internet/Intranet accessibility. An extensive chapter uncovers the secrets of PC hardware, software, and peripherals, giving you the basics you'll need to work with many different forms of adaptive equipment.
With evaluation of more than 200 products (including screen readers, screen magnification software, Braille printers and displays, scanners, voice command and dictation systems, alternative input systems, TTYs, on-screen keyboards, alternative communication systems, word predictors, and other solutions), this indispensable reference will give librarians, educators, administrators, and people with disabilities inside information and expert guidance on adaptive technologies.
Chapter 1: Personal Computer Hardware Basics
Who Should Read This Chapter?
Selecting a Personal Computer
Chatper 2: Driving the Computer from the Keyboard
The Graphical User Interface
Starting Windows and Basic Navigation
Native Accessibility Utilities
Accessibility Utilities across Platforms
Chapter 3: Technology for Persons with Vision Impairments
Closed-Circuit Television Systems
Optical Character Recognition Systems
Chapter 4: Technology for Persons Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing
Telecommunications Relay Services
Electronic Amplification Systems
Chapter 5: Technology for Persons with Motor Disabilities
Built-In Access Features
Alternative Input Systems
Environmental Control Systems
Chapter 6: Technologies for Persons with Speech Disabilities
The Evaluation Process
What Is an Alternative Communications Device?
Word Prediction and Abbreviation Expansion
Controlling a Communications Device
Controlling a Personal Computer
Computers and Alternative Communication
Chapter 7: Technologies for Persons with Learning Disabilities
What Is a Learning Disability?
The Evaluation Process
The Individualized Education Program
Chapter 8: Foundations for Assistive Technology
The Assistive Technology Specialist
The Evaluation Process
Chapter 9: Accessing the Internet and Intranets
Why Make the Internet and Intranets Accessible?
Adaptive Technology and Networks
The World Wide Web
Web Content Accessibility Guidelines
Chapter 10: Funding Adaptive Technology
Personal Sources of Funds
Lending Institutions and Credit Unions
Government-Sponsored Sources of Funds
Private-Sector Sources of Funds
A Microsoft Windows 98 Keyboard Guide
B Apple Macintosh Keyboard Shortcuts
C Products for Persons with Vision Impairments
D Products for Persons Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing
E Products for Persons with Motor Disabilities
F Products for Persons with Speech Disabilities
G Products for Persons with Learning Disabilities
H National Resources for Persons with Disabilities
I National Toll-Free Phone Numbers for Persons with Disabilities
J Key Provisions on Assistive Technology IDEA 1997
K A Guide to Disability Rights Laws
L RESNA Technology Assistance Project State
"...an indispensable, comprehensive, user friendly, and highly recommended reference."
—Midwest Book Review
"Appends useful information for the disabled and those who need to be knowledgeable about the American with Disabilities Act, computer keyboard shortcuts, general and disability-specific products and resources, and disability rights laws."
—Reference & Research Book News
"This thorough treatment of adaptive technologies should serve as a primer for library science students, librarians, individuals with disabilities and their friends, family members, and co-workers... The reader will come away with an understanding of the myriad adaptive technology aids that exist to level the playing field for people with disabilities. Highly recommended."