Cameroonian IT specialist Binyuy Jude Verla Expatiates On The Benefits Of IT To The Disabled
After his recent call for young Cameroonians to consider careers in IT and to use IT responsibly, Binyuy Jude Verla has been nicknamed ‘The IT Preacher’. To continue his IT advocacy, Binyuy Jude Verla just published another very enriching piece of information. This time around he focuses on the extent to which IT is helping individuals with different types of disabilities;
Binyuy Jude Verla :- “Since the advent of computers, disabled people have been provided with new, exciting opportunities to connect, share, and work. In some cases, technologies have been developed and perfected to provide the disabled with an easier lifestyle. In others, technologies that have become available to the general public, such as the Internet, are not as accessible as one may hope. However, many computers and programs have and will continue to help blind, deaf, and physically disabled people” :
Blind and Visually Impaired Individuals
There are a host of systems out there to help blind individuals. Some of them come in the form of unique hardware such as refreshable Braille displays, portable CCTVs, and large-print keyboards. However, much more helpful technology comes in the form of software. For example, screen reader software such as JAWS is often used by blind individuals. Many major operating systems, like Windows 8 and OS X, can provide a synthetic voice for browsing and operating a computer. Several apps are also available to help blind people “see” and navigate computer systems.
Physically Challenged Individuals
When it comes to providing accessibility to physically disabled individuals, many technologies focus on providing better input devices. The keyboard and mouse are easily used by many people but can be very difficult for those with paralysis, lost limbs, or diseases like muscular dystrophy. That’s why different devices can be provided, depending on the severity of the challenge. For those with less severe physical challenges, a trackball or joystick may be more efficient. For those with more difficulties, the options to control a mouse with head motions, eye movements, and sip-and-puff actions are also available. More efficient one-handed keyboards are also an option for those who have the use of one hand.
Deaf and Hearing-Impaired Individuals
Deaf people can more fully embrace both computers and the Internet than other groups, as much communication can be done through writing and reading. In addition, many online video providers, like YouTube, offer closed captioning. Even so, more and more devices and apps have been created to help deaf people. Many of them focus on assisting deaf people with the common issues of using a hearing aid, such as having difficulty with group conversations.
Those With Other Disabilities
People with cognitive, learning, or memory issues often can benefit with a combination of the aforementioned tools. For example, some with learning disabilities may benefit from assistive listening tools, which are also available to blind users. On the other hand, some may need more interactive tools, which are available for those with physical disabilities. Also, many software options and apps for the general public can be productive and helpful as memory aids.
Signed; Binyuy Jude Verla
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