Saturday, September 5, 2009
Various tools used for web browsing
Mr. Stephen Sullivan (lets tech talk presentation)
I had no idea that there were so many enhance adaptive software for people with low vision and blindness.There is also voice recognition for those who can not use their hands, such as some one who is quadriplegic. There is even screen reader software that reads the screen and provides navigational instruction through speech. Sullivan's Principle of Adaptive Technology has seven principle's that educators and others assisting with the disable in any way should take a closer look at these.Some user agents for the disable are portable data assistants,alternative web browser and refreshable braille display. All of these software, agents and Sullivan's principles have help to make information through the internet for the disable more ABLE for them. They can see and hear what we see. Its another way of how technology has helped so many individuals have a little bit of normalcy in their lives.
There are browsers that are developed specifically for people with disabilities. To name a few,BrookesTalk, EAID,and Marco Polo help the disable individuals with touch screen interaction,speech and auditory icons. There are even web browsers used for general use but can also be used to give enhanced accessibility with particular adaptive systems to be used for some one with special needs. LYNX and Netscape Navigator are two of the web browsers are used for general use that you may have heard of. Last but certainly not the least there are voice browsers such as Conversa Web, which is voice-activated browser allowing spoken selection of links using "saycons".