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I am the author of a book that describes how to adapt computers for
persons with disabilities. As a user of assistive systems, I have
seen first hand how this technology can increase your independence
at home, school, and at the workplace. The book is available in
print and CD-ROM, readable with any browser. I am attaching
information that describes my book, and will be happy to answer any
of your questions. You can contact me by e-mail at
Lazzaro@World.Std.Com or visit my web site at WWW.JoeLazzaro.Com.
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Adaptive Technologies For Learning And Work Environments, Second
Edition, is a comprehensive guide describing how to select,
install, and support assistive technology for persons with
disabilities. The text covers adaptations for Windows, Macintosh,
and Unix computer platforms, and shows how to operate PCs using
keyboard commands and shortcuts. The book spotlights built-in
accessibility utilities found on personal computers, and is a solid
guide to facilitate accessible learning, working, and independent
living. This completely revised edition breaks down the latest
hardware and software for making information technology accessible
for all! From desktop, notebook, and hand-held pcs, to the
internet, the book details in lay terms-the latest advancements in
assistive hardware and software, how to select the most appropriate
solution, how to implement them, and how to provide vital training
and technical support. Detailed chapters identify assistive
technology for persons with visual, hearing, motor, speech, and
learning disabilities. An entire chapter is devoted to public and
private sector funding sources, and extensive appendices are packed
with resources to help you locate agencies and organizations that
support adaptive technology. New to this edition are entire
chapters on keyboard commands, built-in accessibility utilities,
and internet/intranet accessibility. A detailed chapter uncovers
the secrets of pc hardware, software, and peripherals, showing you
the basics that you'll need to know in order to work with many
different forms of adaptive equipment. The text spotlights more
than 275 adaptive products: screen readers, screen magnification
software, braille printers and displays, scanners, voice command
and dictation systems, alternative input systems, Ttys, on screen
keyboards, alternative communication systems, word predictors, and
other solutions. This indispensable reference will give librarians,
educators, administrators, human resource staff, and people with
disabilities inside information and expert guidance on the many
forms of assistive technology. Below are the chapter and appendix

1 Personal Computer Hardware Basics
2 Driving the Computer from the Keyboard
3 Technology for Persons with Vision Impairments
4 Technology for Persons Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing
5 Technology for Persons with Motor Disabilities
6 Technologies for Persons with Speech Disabilities
7 Technologies for Persons with Learning Disabilities
8 Foundations for Assistive Technology
9 Accessing the Internet and Intranets
10 Funding Adaptive Technology


Microsoft Windows 98 Keyboard Guide
Apple Macintosh Keyboard Shortcuts
Products for Persons with Vision Impairments
Products for Persons Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing
Products for Persons with Motor Disabilities
Products for Persons with Speech Disabilities
Products for Persons with Learning Disabilities
National Resources for Persons with Disabilities
National Toll-Free Phone Numbers for Persons with Disabilities
Key Provisions on Assistive Technology IDEA 1997
A Guide to Disability Rights Laws
RESNA Technology Assistance Project State Contact List

An accessible html version of the text on cd-rom is available
separately to support users with disabilities. The text is readable
with any standard browser that supports HTML files.

About the Author

Joseph J. Lazzaro is project director of the Adaptive Technology
Program at the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind in Boston,
which provides rehabilitation engineering services and consulting
on assistive technology. The program provides assistive technology
free of charge to consumers, and provides evaluations, system
installation, training, and technical support for blind or visually
impaired consumers. He is also author of Adapting PCs for
Disabilities, published by Addison Wesley, and has written for
Byte, the New York Times, IEEE Spectrum, Windows, MIT Technology
Review, Computer Shopper, LAN Technology, and other publications.
He is an online instructor with EASI (Equal Access to Software and
Information) a group dedicated to providing online training and
resources on assistive technology. He is also a member of the
Science Fiction and Fantasy writers of America, and has published
fact and fiction in Analog, Artemis, and Absolute Magnitude
magazines. He maintains a web site at http://www.joelazzaro.com.

You can order print or CD-ROM copies of the book at the American
Library Association web site at www.ala.org or by calling 800-545-
2433, press #7 for the Order Department. The book is also available
from Amazon.Com.

Joseph J. Lazzaro

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