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Special Access Technology

by Paul Nisbet & Patrick Poon


  • Pages: 0
  • File type: zip
  • File size: 2.19Mb
  • Published: 1998

Pupils with special education needs and people with disabilities can gain much from information technology. However, many have difficulty using a standard keyboard and mouse, and have to use adapted or special input devices. Examples of such devices are: keyguards; keyboard adaptations; alternative keyboards; voice recognition; joystick and other pointing devices; ‘on-screen’ keyboards operated by switch/scanning pointing devices, or Morse code.

This downloadable book is a training and reference package. The main book (267 pages) is complemented by a Switch Scanning Interactive Tutorial software and Special Access to Computers video, both of which are available separately.

The book contains:

  • Review and comparison of a range of special access technologies
  • Assessment techniques for special access
  • Detailed descriptions of on-screen keyboard programs operated by switch-and-scan and pointing devices
  • Advice on choosing and adapting scanning and selection techniques
  • Resources section.

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