Koester Performance Research works to enhance computer access for people with disabilities, particularly for people who are not well-served by the typical keyboard and mouse. Our tagline sums up our approach: Clear Evidence, Better Solutions. Through research, development, and education, we support evidence-based practice in the design and delivery of assistive technology.
In human-computer interaction, computer accessibility (also known as Accessible computing) refers to the accessibility of a computer system to all people, regardless of disability or severity of impairment. It is largely a software concern; when software, hardware, or a combination of hardware and software, is used to enable use of a computer by a person with a disability or impairment, this is known as Assistive Technology.
Modern computers, in standard configuration, are effectively locked to people who can only type with one finger or have visual and motor deficits. Luckily, buried deep inside Windows 95™ are some features that can allow just about anyone, with a single finger and lots of patience, to fully utilize their Windows 95™ PC without any specialized hardware or software. Disabled users may not be able use the mouse or multi-key commands (such as the famous used to reboot a computer). Some users might also have difficulty with the auto-repeat feature of the keyboard.
The Apple iOS operating system found on the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch is the most accessible operating system out of the box for switch users. In 2013, Apple introduced a powerful new feature called Switch Control for iOS 7. Shortly after Switch Control was introduced, we put together our first comprehensive guide, Switch Control – The Missing User Guide, to help everyone understand the power of Switch Control and provide step-by-step instructions on how to get it set up. Since then we have released several updated guides for each version of iOS.
The purpose of this HOWTO is to introduce the tools, applications, and configuration utilities that are available to Linux users who are disabled.
Gnu/Linux distributions provide great advantages over proprietary alternatives for people with disabilities. In this article, I'll discuss some of the advantages, as well as areas that need improvement. Because I use Fedora, my article is written based on my experience with that Linux distribution.
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Computer Resources for People with Disabilities: A Guide to Assistive Technologies, Tools and Resources for People of All Ages
Today's technology is redefining human potential. Current computer hardware and software can create new ways for people with any kind of a disability to interact with the world. In this book the Alliance for Technology Access, a coalition of the foremost experts in the country, many of whom experience the disabilities they address, brings together the latest information and straightforward approaches to exploring technology options.
Speaky Facile es una plataforma confiable y fácil de utilizar por voz. Está equipado con servicios de voz para las personas ciegas y con discapacidad visual, y carentes de conocimientos de informática, accesible por voz a través de un control remoto especial mediante cual el usuario, pulsando la tecla Speaky fácilmente detectable por el tacto, puede dar comandos de voz e interaccionar con la máquina que responde y genera servicios y contenidos.
La misión Mediavoice es concebir y desarrollar soluciones de tecnología de voz innovadora, para permitir que todas las personas tengan acceso a la información y servicios digitales de la manera más natural: por voz.
Por lo tanto, el objetivo de la empresa es revolucionar la interfaz hombre-máquina, y la transformación de la tecnología de complicada barrera en habilitador de acceso.