What is Assistive Technology? Technology has dramatically changed all of our lives over the past decade. Technology can help us to be more productive and efficient. It can make our lives a little easier and more comfortable. However, for some individuals with disabilities, assistive technology can do much more. Technology has dramatically changed all of our lives over the past decade. Technology can help us to be more productive and efficient. It can make our lives a little easier and more comfortable. However, for some individuals with disabilities, assistive technology can do much more. "The provision of assistive technology devices and assistive technology services enables some individuals with disabilities to -- have greater control over their own lives; participate in and contribute more fully to activities in their home, school, and work environments, and in their communities; interact to a greater extent with non-disabled individuals; and, otherwise benefit from opportunities that are taken for granted by individuals who do not have disabilities." Assistive technologies enable people to communicate, receive instruction, learn, play, move about, achieve, and be independent (Blackstone, 1990). These technologies have been used to enhance the abilities of people as part of early intervention services, in educational and recreational programs, for employment, rehabilitation, and for independent living (Solarz, 1990) Blackstone, S. (1990) Assistive Technology in the classroom: issue and guidelines. Argumentative Communication News, 3(6). Solarz A.L. (1990) Rehabilitation psychologist: A place in the policy process? American Psychologist, 45 (6),
Voice Recognition Speech recognition or voice recognition programs, allow people to give commands and enter data using their voices rather than a mouse or keyboard. Voice recognition systems use a microphone attached to the computer, which can be used to create text documents such as letters or messages, browse the Internet, and navigate among applications and menus by voice. hhhh tttt tttt pppp :::: //// //// wwww wwww wwww.... mmmm iiii cccc rrrr oooo ssss oooo ffff tttt.... cccc oooo mmmm //// eeee nnnn aaaa bbbb llll eeee //// aaaa tttt //// tttt yyyy pppp eeee ssss.... aaaa ssss pppp xxxx
Dragon Dictate Dragon Dictate is a speech recognition system that works with DOS-based software. It allows the user to create text through dictation. It is a hands free input system, which makes it ideal for those users with limited hand mobility, as well as those who desire the convenience of hands free computing. Dragon Dictate recognizes large vocabularies, and adapts to the user's voice. It has high accuracy recognition and has the ability to adjust to changes in background noises. v/dragon/dragon.htm Cost: Pro 8 $614 and Bundled w/med/leg $794 v/dragon/dragon.htm v/dragon/dragon.htm
Kurzweil Voice Kurzweil Voice is a voice recognition system for Windows. It allows the user to control Windows, and Window-based applications through use of voice input. The user can create and edit text, as well as navigate through the Windows system by simply speaking into a headset or microphone. Kurzweil Voice has a 60,000 or 30,000 word vocabulary to choose from, and also adapts to speech and language patterns of the user which expands the number of recognized words. Kurzweil voice is ideal for a variety of users who need, or desire, control of the computer without the use of their hands. ev/kurz/kurz.htm Cost: 60,000 word vocabulary $565 and 30,000 word vocabulary $280 and voice pad pro $75 ev/kurz/kurz.htm ev/kurz/kurz.htm
Ke:nx Ke:nx is a device that allows the use of alternate input devices with Macintosh computers. Like the Adaptive Firmware Card, but for Macintosh use only, Ke:nx has its own customizing software program called Ke:nx Create, its own software for digitized speech and sounds called Ke:nx Sounds, over 500 icons, and an overlay maker. wer/input/kenx/kxclosup.htm Cost: $799 wer/input/kenx/kxclosup.htm wer/input/kenx/kxclosup.htm
All About Me! My name is Alisha Keller, I am 23 and currently a senior here at WMU. This is my last semester before I do my intern teaching this fall. When I graduate in December I will receive my degree in Elementary Education majoring in Math and Science, as well as Integrated Arts. I am currently substitute teaching for BCPS and HCCS. I graduated from Harper Creek in 2000 and received my Associate in Arts from KCC in I also work at Pier 1 Imports and Bath and Body Works. I was born and raised here in Battle Creek and still live here today. I have recently bought my own home with my boyfriend of two and half years just three months ago. I have a four year old nephew, Jalen and a one year old niece, Ariana who I adore. I enjoy doing crafts and stained glass art and I love turtles.