Where once the field of assistive technology for information was limited, we now have an embarrassment of riches. There are now over five thousand available products to make information appliances easier to use. There are assistive technologies for nearly any imaginable need. But a list of thousands of options is little more use than no list at all. Guided Shopping is a tool to help navigate the field of assistive technology.
Where most descriptions of assistive technology are written with a beginning, middle, and end, Guided Shopping has a different approach. Instead of a path, this tool is written as a bush. From the main stem, the core of assistive technology, the book describes major areas of accommodation. The user is invited to select a major area of accommodation. This will lead to a general discussion of that area of accommodation. After this general discussion, we will describe the areas of accommodation within this area. From this discussion, the reader is invited to select a subcategory of accommodations.
This process of describing and subdividing continues throughout the site, until a small enough area of accommodation is reached, where it can be argued that the discussion is about a single thing.
The Unified Listing - Guided Search can help you find a wide range of products and services.
- Computer technology has become a general-purpose tool, so that desktop computers, tablets, and ebooks are used across most of the other categories of technology, and are treated as their own group.
- Often, information technologies are used to communicate between people, either face to face or at a distance.
- There is a wide range of adaptive or assistive products that have been developed specifically to meet the needs of those with physical, sensory, or cognitive limitations, or the elderly.
- In the first part of a person's life, education is a major activity. For many, this extends to life-long learning. For those with disabilities, special accommodations can be found here.
- Once a person graduates, they often move into the world of work. A person with a disability may require employment/job accommodations to be able to work.
- Even those who work have a majority of their time spent in daily living. Assistive technology can help a person with a disability enjoy the independence and access of the non-disabled.
- In order to maximize life, many people need assistance in health management, fitness, and sports.
- When not working, people fill their time with various forms of entertainment and play. These activities may also require accommodation for people with disabilities.
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