Special needs devices or AIDS, can give shelter to students with disabilities.
Available in all price ranges, these electronic and physical devices help
students with Visual, physical, hidden and hearing impairments. Common software,
such as Microsoft Windows 7, might already have some types of assistive devices.
Students with vision impairments can take advantage of software that reads text
books and other documents. For example, JAWS software read electronic text;
Kurzweil products can scan text, then read the text out loud and give the
student the opportunity to select important information. Other residences
include oversized screens, screen enlargement software (such as ZoomText) and
Braille software (Duxbury), which converts text to Braille. A magnifying glass
is included in Windows 7 allows users to enlarge originals up to 16 times,
according to Microsoft.
Students with physical disabilities may need voice recognition software such as
Dragon Naturally speaking or ViaVoice, to convert your speech to written text.
With adequate vocal ability and practice, users can have confidence in such
programs to write their papers-often with correct spelling. A large trackball
mouse may allow greater control for some physical disability. Windows 7 includes
a number of features, such as a keyboard on the screen, which allows users to
enter information with a mouse or pointing device.
Students with learning disabilities can traumatic brain injury or attention
deficit disorders benefit from the same devices in accordance with Visual
impairment. For example, if disability involves reading, software that scans and
reads documents aloud provides a solution. Corresponding reading pens, such as
Reading Pents, scan and read textbooks and handouts. Speech recognition
applications, also useful for physical disability, can improve spelling
performance. In Microsoft software, the standard spelling-and grammar-checking
features provide more help. See more disabilities on
University of Washington, DO-IT resource (disabilities, opportunities,
Internetworking and Technology) suggests equipment for those with hearing loss.
Real-time subtitle decoder can project notes on a screen; FM systems amplify a
voice instructor. Two-way writing systems, such as Ubiduo, can allow
communication between hearing and deaf. With Windows 7, users can replace sounds
with Visual cues (blinking) or with captions to indicate the completion of a
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