One of the advantages of working for a charity specialising in technology and being a ‘slight’ nerd, is the availability of technology. We have to lay our hands on the latest stuff so we can inform people on what technology is currently available that can help overcome issues that derive from a disability. It’s taken us some time before we got our hands on Windows phones, though now we have, we can critique its suitability for accessibility.
Hands up who loves lego! Well I do and I’ve just read that Google have a project to put digital lego bricks online. Great, no more standing on a 2×4 in the middle of the night!
Today, i saw the 1st generation iPad with a protective case for £150 plus postage. Install an app called Proloquo2go on that, put it in the protective case and you have a communication device for less than £300. Not long ago something like this would cost over £3,000! Drawbacks? Always drawbacks….
Now and then I read tweets relating to assistive technology and this one appeared today from @attipscast, twitter alias of Chris Bugaj – who describes himself as Co-author of The Practical (& Fun) Guide to Assistive Technology in Public Schools. His tweet:
We’re excited to be launching our new blog and sharing views and information. We are a charity who give free and impartial advice about computer related Assistive Technology… but you can find out more about our free-phone helpline, Training and Technical support services by following the links to our website.
Here, we’re looking forward to talking about developments in technology, specifically how it can help disabled people.