More MS news articles for August 2002

Computer and Web Resources for People with Disabilities, A Guide to Exploring Today’s Assistive Technology

InsideMS; Summer 2002; Vol. 20, Issue 3
Compiled by the Alliance for Technology Access
Reviewed by Sharon Brown, who wrote on amusing Web sites in our last issue’s Webhead Report

There has been an explosion in hardware and software designed to make computers more accessible. Alternative keyboards, puff switches for those who cannot use a mouse, screen readers, talking word processors, and voice recognition software all help to provide computer and Internet access for people who would otherwise go without. But how does a person with a disability figure out exactly what she or he needs—and where to find it?

Computer and Web Resources for People with Disabilities provides a “field guide” to what’s currently available, where it can be found, and sources of financial assistance. A chart helps consumers match technological solutions to physical difficulties.

The book also documents real-life stories of people using the new technology—for example, Sydney, who has MS, no longer has the ability to control any movement from his neck down. He used to wait for someone to bring him the phone and hold it for him while he spoke. Now he communicates easily and privately online—when and how he wants or needs to.

Informative and enlightening, this book is a must-have for anyone who needs help accessing computers and the Internet.

Hunter House Inc., Publishers, 2001, 360 pp. $20.95 paperback, $27.95 spiral. Toll-free: 800-266-5592; fax 51-865-4295

© 2002 The National Multiple Sclerosis Society