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Adaptive Technologies for Learning & Work Environments by Joseph J. Lazzaro

By Joseph J. Lazzaro

The americans with Disabilities Act calls for provision of equivalent entry to the disabled at paintings, institution and in public amenities. beginning with the non-public desktop, this e-book describes adaptive expertise which allows the disabled consumer to paintings along the non-disabled person.

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Now that you have at least two programs or documents loaded into memory and running, you may be asking yourself how to control all of them at once. The answer is simple. You control only one program at a time. ) The program that you can control is the one that currently has the focus. You can switch the focus from one program to another using the ALT+TAB key command sequence. Driving the Computer from the Keyboard 23 Simply hold down the ALT key and repeatedly strike the TAB key. This will cycle you from one program to another and back to your starting point.

A speech engine is a software program that runs on your computer and translates text into 28 Technology for Persons with Vision Impairments 29 human-sounding speech in real time. Speech engines speak with an unlimited vocabulary and employ mathematical algorithms to translate text into phonemes, which are the basic building blocks of speech. These building blocks are rapidly assembled to generate sounds for letters, words, and phrases. Speech engines require a sound card to operate. Sound Cards Sound cards support software speech engines, providing the output hardware to play speech, music, and sound effects on your computer.

Large Monitors If you need computer magnification, nonadaptive technology can sometimes provide the solution. A larger monitor can provide you with a magnification environment, thus supplying access to the wealth of information stored in a personal computer. A larger monitor will provide increased character size but 34 Technology for Persons with Vision Impairments will not reduce any of the information content that is normally present. Although the magnification will not be as great as that of a software magnification system, many individuals find such larger monitors useful.

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