Computer Aids for People with Disabilities

(Presentation or ½ Day Seminar)

Background

This seminar has been designed to increase the awareness of IT and Health professionals of the computer aids available that are likely to be useful for their clients/patients or users. In particular computers can offer:

  • A way of compensating for some physical and neurological deficiencies
  • A way of communicating
  • An attractive and inclusive environment for disabled people
  • A way of socialising for people who are house-bound

Who should attend

  • Occupational therapists
  • Educational psychologists
  • Special needs coordinators, teachers and advisers
  • Health & Safety Managers, IT Managers and IT purchasing staff

Course Outline

  • Introduction
    • How computers can be of help for Mobility problems, Visual impairment, Dyslexia/dyspraxia, Learning difficulties, Communication problems and other special needs for children
  • Aids for Mobility Problems
    • Furniture
    • Supports
    • Special keyboards
    • Special mice
    • Switches
    • Software
  • Visual Impairment
    • High contrast keyboards
    • Customised colour schemes
    • Screen enlargers
    • Screen readers
    • Document scan and readback
  • Dyslexia Aids
    • Filters
    • Software
    • Tools for diagnosis
    • Dyslexia – Software aids
    • Learning software for children
  • Learning Difficulties Aids
    • Software
    • Pictures and symbols
    • Coordination improvement games
    • Experiential programs
  • Communication Aids
    • Voice synthesisers
  • For Children
    • Learning programs
    • Lowercase keyboards
    • Smaller mice
  • Keeping in Touch
    • Internet
    • Email