Assistive-technology info on the net. (Computer Corner).
Popular search engines are AltaVista, Yahoo, Google, MSN search, WebCrawler, Hotbot, Netscape Search, and Lycos. Type any of those names into the Web address line of your browser, press enter, and you're at the home page for a great search engine.
Search engines are designed to find key words on the Internet. Most browsers, such as Internet Explorer and Netscape, have a search engine built in as a tool on their home page. However, if you wish to thoroughly search a topic, try using the same words for a number of different search engines. These engines often find varied information.
In your Internet address line, type www.name of the search engine.com. On newer computers, you may not even need to type the "www." or the ".com" at the end. You can also use a function in your browser called "inline AutoComplete," found in the Tools menu, then Internet Options for Windows Explorer. "In-line AutoComplete" will predict the Web address you are typing so you only need to press Enter when you see your site to get to that page (Remember: every keystroke savings counts!). I can reach AltaVista from anywhere on the Internet in three keystrokes!
Web information about assistive technology (AT) will never take the place of hands-on evaluation by qualified AT providers. But you can use search engines to find local specialists.
You can also download demo AT software such as onscreen keyboards or word-prediction programs to try before buying. Many AT vendors now have 30-day product-satisfaction guarantees allowing consumers to return products that do not meet their needs.
The following Web sites list AT resources, clinical information, and products. Your best bet is to identify local resources in your state to assist in product selection. AT professionals can help demonstrate how unique product features can best match your needs and support your disability.
Sites for Finding Local Resources www.ataccess.org The Alliance for Technology Access / (415) 455-4575 / 455-0491 (TTY) www.ataporg.org Association of Tech Act Projects (no phone numbers available) http://janweb.icdi.wvu.edu Job Accommodation Network (800) 526-7234 (voice/TTY) www.abledata.com Abledata Assistive Technology Information / (800) 227-0216 / (301) 608-8912 (TTY) www.resna.org RESNA (Rehab Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America) / (703) 524-6686 / 524-6639 (TTY) Web-based Clinical Information www.closingthegap.com Closing the Gap: Newsletter, international conference, online forums, AT directory www.csun.edu/cod California State University Northridge: International conference, ATACP (Assistive Technology Applications Certificate Program for AT professionals), AT information www.trace.wisc.edu Trace Center: Web site and software accessibility info, online discussions, conference information www.resna.org RESNA--Rehab Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America: AT conferences, credentialing program, information http://janweb.icdi.wvu.edu Job Accommodation Network: Disability information, AT directory, overall AT information Manufacturer Associations www.aacproducts.org Communication Aid Manufacturers Association: Product vendors and local conferences www.atia.org Assistive Technology Industry Association: Product vendors and national conference Web-based AT Databases www.abledata.com Abledata Assistive Technology Information http://janweb.icdi.wvu.edu Job Accommodation Network www.closingthegap.com Closing The Gap "Must Have" Self-help and General A1 Catalogs www.sammonspreston.com Sammons Preston, Inc. / (800) 323-5547 www.flaghouse.com Flaghouse Rehabilitation and Special Populations / (800) 793-7900 www.accesstr.com Access to Recreation / (800) 634-4351 (Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. PT) www.ilp-online.com Independent Living Products / (602) 249-0455 www.infogrip.com Options by Infogrip / (800) 397-0921
Information for this column is provided by: Susan LeHew, assistive technology coordinator, Rehabilitation Services Administration-Arizona. Send computer questions to her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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