The purpose of this guide is to provide information for people with disabilities who are 18 to 59 years of age, and does not necessarily offer information specifically for the elderly.
New Horizons Un-limited assumes no responsibility in guaranteeing the services, programs or conditions as described. If you are interested in a resource listed below, call or contact the resource to verify the current situation. Evaluate information and make your own decisions when using this review.
This guide, written by New Horizons Un-Limited staff, reviews computer access solutions by locating and reviewing computer hardware, software and related technologies designed for the specific needs of people with disabilities. Our vision is to bring about awareness within the community of the benefits technologies have to offer them and increase the number of people with disabilities accessing technologies.
The following adaptive computer equipment is used by various computer training centers for people with disabilities.
Greystone Digital Inc. is a company that offers the Big Keys which are standard size computer keyboards with very large keys. The keys are one inch square, 4 times bigger than the keys on standard computer keyboards.
6505 Kaiser Drive
Fremont, CA 94555
(800) 231-7717 Sales
(510) 795-8500 Main
Trackman Marble   US$29.95
Includes free download of software to enhance the use of this trackball.
· Windows7 and up
· USB or PS/2 port
PC and Mac compatible, Compatible with Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows XP, Windows Vista and Mac OS
·Less desk space than a mouse
·Optical technology delivers superior precision;no cleaning required
·Ambidextrous design for left or right-handed users
·USB connection delivers instant plug and play use
Pretorian Technologies LTD
The n-Abler Trackball is an adaptable trackball designed to address the needs of computer users with limited hand control, motor skill difficulties, poor hand-eye coordination, lack of manual dexterity and involuntary muscle spasms. PS2 and USB compatible.
·Provides touch screen monitors size ranging 4" to 82"
·Prices range from $400 to $13,000
·Optional Protective Overlay-Sheets (10 sets acetate)   US$20
·Stylus Pen (quantity 10)   US $20
·9 to 25 pin Serial Adapter   US $10
·13" to 15" size US$362
·17" size   US$374
·19"-21" size   US385
·Hanging clip attachment or velcro
For more information on touchscreen visit TouchWindows Website and search by category, or sear the google search tool located in the upper left corner.
·The AD-1 Standard Pointer * is fully adjustable; capable of being individually fitted to head sizes from 20-25 inches in circumference.
·The AD-2 "Tiny Tot" Pointer has all the characteristics of the AD-1, but is specially sized for small heads from 17-20 inches in circumference. The headband has a rear strap adjustment and the yoke assembly is sized for smaller heads.
·The AD-3 Standard Pointer (with rear strap closure) is a "gap filler" between the AD-1 and AD-2.
Speech Recognition Software Programs are not necessarily used in computer training lab settings as it takes time for the user to learn the program and the program to recognize the individual voice. Training the program to understand nuances in an individual's pronunciation takes too much time in the lab setting. These programs are best used on the personal computer. Speech Recognition Programs often cost more and require larger RAM, faster processors and hard drive space. When using speech recognition programs, get a high quality headset and plug it into the sound card in the back of the computer rather than in the microphone jack on the front.
Scan Soft Dragon Naturally Speaking Preferred 8 or 9 by Nuance Communications
Speech recognition software that can be used for dictating, editing, surfing the Internet, creating letters and e-mails, but also can control applications. Dragon is pretty comprehensive, but is limited to Windows application. The application will learn dialog quickly or can analyze your style of writing to learn your speech quickly. Headset with microphone is included. Connect microphone to external microphone port rather than internal. Dragon Naturally Speaking is a popular speech recognition software. For more information, contact Nuance Communications, Inc. from the link above.
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