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AT WIKI the Global Encyclopedia of Assistive Technologies

 

The wiki is developed by AbilityNet the UK's largest provider of advice and information on all aspects of Access to technology 

 

This wiki is in development and we welcome comments and thoughts

It is being maintained through a community of users

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What is a Wiki ?

 

Wiki is a piece of server software that allows users to freely create and edit Web page content using any Web browser. Wiki supports hyperlinks and has a simple text syntax for creating new pages and crosslinks between internal pages on the fly.

 

 

What is Assistive Technology ? 

 

Assistive technologies are those tools that disabled people use to get round the barriers of modern technologies. These products can be divided into a range of catgories.

 

A review of the history and definitions of Assistive Technology from ATTrain.

 

Got 5 minutes to spare ?  Then watch this short video about assistive technology.

 

TechDis Box of Assistive Technology - AT showcase

 

 

Adapting and Adjusting your computer

 

OS Tweaks

 

Things you can do to adjust settings from within your operating system or main applications to make the computer more accessible and matched to your needs

 

Hardware

 

Different input and output devices, i.e. Keyboards, Mice, Voice Recognition softwareeye and head track systems, that make it easier for you to put information into a computer and get information out.

 

Software

 

Additional software solutions that make accessing information and comunicating on a computer easier, i.e. Text Help, Magnification, Communication, Voice Recognition, Screenreaders

 

 

Other Platforms

 

Mobile Phones

 

The rapidly changing field of mobile phones creates a range of issues for disabled users. This area explores models of phone with high levels of accessibility and how phones canbe optimised for individual needs 

 

Digital TV

 

Access to Digital Tv is an increasingly significant issue as The UK along with other EC countries seeks to turn off its analogue signal. This section looks at how disabled people are accessing asnd using DTV

 

PDA's 

 

PDA's or Personal Digital Assistants descibe those portable or handheld computers that are used to carry information and resources with the user. examples include the HP Ipaq or the PalmPilot series  

 

Communication Aids 

 

Augmentative Alternative Communication aids (AAC), for people who have lost the power of speech through disability.  It includes the use of eye pointing, gesture, signing, symbols, word boards, or a speech output device. Augmenting communication involves speech and writing. In some cases, it also involves technology relating to teaching and learning, mobility, environmental control and employment.

 

 

Settings and Locations

 

Some technologies are used in some settings but less so in others.  

 

 

Education

 

Employment

 

Home

 

 

Working with different needs

 

Vision

 

How a person with a vision impairment access a computer - bigger fonts, magnification, screen reading software and braille devices.

 

Physical Needs

 

Some disabilities will require to consider an alternative to the standard keyboard and mouse which comes with a computer.  In this section you will find a range of keyboard and mouse alternatives, including on-screen keyboardseye pointing and head tracking technology.

 

Language and Communication

 

AT to assist giving the user a voice - augmenting or offering speech.  AT to assist with giving the user improved access to written communication as a reader or writer.

 

Learning Disability

 

People with learning disabilities have difficulty taking information in through the senses and processing the information with accuracy.  This may lead to difficulty learning and performing in school and work.  Most learning disabilities are manifested in poor reading, writing and math which subsequently affect a broad range of functions and skills. 

 

Hearing

 

People who are deaf or hard-of-hearing can configure Windows to use visual cues in place of sounds, or increase the volume level of program and system sounds.

 

Case studies

 

The experience and impact of AT is illustrated through case studies

 

Web Accessibility

 

The issues and solutions to designing websites to meet the needs of people with a disability

 

Sources of Support

 

Advice and Information 

 

Online Training 

 

Technical Support 

 

Access to Work 

 

 

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