assistive technology: the social impact

I have always been a fan of an assistive technology. I guess it comes from my geeky love and thus is in part why I am a blogger today. I have had a lot of questions lately about my history into adaptive technology and although I have written about it what feels like several times I just found out today that the new version of dragon (amazon affiliate)  is coming out.

This excites me as they have finally included web mail integration which if it works as it planned, would allow me send emails by voice using the likes of gmail and I am sure others too.

I also have always had a fascination with argumentative communication devices and have many friends with such systems as dynavox. I remember being fascinated with this facet of technology from a young age. My first use of assistive technology was in grade school and I used Co:writer a word prediction software. From there I went to use dragon dictate for windows in the mid 90s and later more recently I use a new version of dragon (not 12) and Kurzweil 3000. These software packages, which are often considered assistive technology although often a bit costly changed how I relate to my online world: it helps me not only with my productivity and output but also the clarity of the text I am producing. In all honesty without assistive technology I don’t think I would have survived as a blogger or frankly graduated college.I was allowed to use assistive technology to reach graduation requirements

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Laura Forde founded her blog through my eyes: my life with cerebral palsy in December 2009 out of a great need she had, realizing that there was a vast gap in firsthand accounts of what life was like living with Cerebral Palsy: she knew then that the only way to see this reflected online was to create the change herself and thus this blog was born Laura was born four months premature, weighing a mere one pound three ounces and given ten percent odds for survival. She was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at the age of three. After graduating from college, she continued writing and doing what she loves to do most; speaking to groups about her life experiences and sharing what she has learned from her journey. Her blog lifeofthedifferentlyabled was created after discovering that the online community lacked the voice of people in her situation. In its first year, the site saw over 20,000 hits from all over the world. Her readers are from all walks of life; some with disabilities, parents of children, professionals, and others who seek to gain a better understanding of the world of the differently abled. You can follow her on Twitter or Facebook
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4 Responses to assistive technology: the social impact

  1. Glynis Jolly says:

    I’m curious, Laura. What did you major in College?

  2. Jess says:

    i love my DynaVox!!!!

  3. hey Jess thanks for the comment :) I am glad to see you read my blog and i hope you are well :) The memories at camp pre dynavox days made for some interesting times :) comment more often

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