The computer age has changed many things for many people, but for the
disabled the computer has ultimately changed their entire life. Not only has it
made life exceedingly easier for all disabled age groups, it has also made them
able to be more employable in the work force. Previously unemployable people can
now gain the self esteem from fully supporting themselves. Computers have given
them the advantages of motion were it had not previously existed. Disabled
children now have the advantage to grow up knowing that they can one day be a
competent adult, that won't have to rely on someone else for their every need.
Windows 95 has made many interesting developments toward making life easier for
the nearly blind and for the deaf, including on screen text to synthesize speech
or Braille, and adaptive hardware that transforms a computers audible cues into
a visual format. Computers have given the limited back their freedom to be an
active part of the human race.
According to the Americans with Disabilities Acts, any office that has a
staff of more than fifteen people now has to provide adaptive hardware and
software on their computers, so that workers with disabilities can accomplish
many tasks independently. Before this Act was passed the disabled were normally
passed over for jobs because of their handicap, now however employers can be
assured that people with disabilities can work in the work place just like
people without disabilities. The self esteem disabled individuals have gained
from the experience to work and be self supporting, is immeasurable.
Computerized wheelchairs have given disabled people a whole new perception
on life. It has given them the mobility to go just about anywhere they want to
go. It has given them the ability to explore an unknown world, and progress
intellectually as well as spiritually. Computerized vans allow many disabled
people to drive, by having onboard computerized lifts to place the... [continues]
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