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Information for people with disabilities

Author:
FLEMING Stephen
Journal article citation:
ReHab NetWork, 24, Winter 1991, pp.12-14.
Publisher:
National Vocational Rehabilitation Association

Describes recent and future developments in using information technology to provide information directly to people with disabilities and their carers; includes list of participants in the National Disability Information Project.

Journal article

An integrated system for care

Author:
BURKE Kath
Journal article citation:
Local Government Chronicle, 21.09.06, 2006, pp.18-19.
Publisher:
Emap Business

Durham has streamlined care services with the introduction of a groundbreaking computer system. This article looks at the system which helps to facilitate seamless care for older people and people with physical disabilities by joining up 10 care teams over 4 localities.

Journal article

Virtual networks for language therapy - experiences

Authors:
MAGNUSSON Magnus, CHRISTENSEN Marianne
Journal article citation:
New Technology in the Human Services, 12(1/2), 1999, pp.47-51.
Publisher:
Centre for Human Service Technology

Describes how groups of speech pathologists all over Sweden have worked together to build networks for professional co-operation. Today, about 20 systems are permanently installed and two of the schools for therapists in Sweden are involved giving courses the ISDN network. Patients as receivers of therapy on a more general level have also been involved. Participants in the projects have tried several different applications, including sharing standard programs over the network at the same time as they participate in a videoconference. The projects are based on research work on language training using videotelephony at the University of Karlstad.

Journal article

Rehabilitation information system for people with disabilities

Authors:
SHOSHMIN Alexander, MARTYNOVA Natalie, RIABOKON Anna
Journal article citation:
New Technology in the Human Services, 12(1/2), 1999, pp.39-46.
Publisher:
Centre for Human Service Technology

Russian government policy is to organise services for disabled people, but these intentions are not enough. Implementation depends on organisational, financial and legal aspects. It is possible to change the present system of assistance now. For this purpose it is necessary to create a uniform information environment for and about disabled people. The authors present a clear and constructive program for practical realisation of an information system in one social sphere - rehabilitation of disabled people.

Book

Telecommunications services for people with disabilities: statement issued by the Director General of Telecommunications

Author:
OFFICE OF TELECOMMUNICATIONS
Publisher:
Office of Telecommunications
Publication year:
1998
Pagination:
23p.
Place of publication:
London

Contains recommendations to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry for a set of measures which would ensure that people with disabilities are able to make full use of the telecommunications services that other people take for granted.

Journal article

Moving with the times: information for disabled people on CD-ROM

Author:
VISSER Inez
Journal article citation:
Integrate News, 63, March 1997, pp.15-16.

Highlights a new information service which has been developed by Disability Scotland and discusses possibilities.

Journal article

Net results

Author:
MATTHEWS Paul
Journal article citation:
Community Care, 27.6.96, 1996, p.7.
Publisher:
Reed Business Information

Argues that the Internet is a vital resource for disabled people.

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Using IT to make the system work for you

Author:
WILKINSON Ann
Journal article citation:
New Technology in the Human Services, 6(3), Winter 1992, pp.21-26.
Publisher:
Centre for Human Service Technology

A report on the British Computer Society Disabled Special Interest Group Conference.

Journal article

Sanyong: a speech enabled communication system for the speech impaired and people with multiple disorders

Authors:
BHATTACHARYA Samit, SARKAR Sudeshna, BASU Anupam
Journal article citation:
Journal of Technology in Human Services, 25(1/2), 2007, pp.177-180.
Publisher:
Taylor and Francis
Place of publication:
Philadelphia, USA

A significant proportion of the Indian population has severe speech and motor impairments, and very few have access to assistive devices which are expensive, largely imported and geared to the needs of western consumers. This paper briefly describes Sanyong, a system developed in India that is based on a query-response interface using icons. Users can also communicate using pre-stored messages, which can be customised, or by using an on-screen keyboard (with word prediction facility) to compose messages. The Sanyong system is currently available in Bengali, Hindi and English versions and is used in a range of Indian institutions serving children with speech and motor impairments resulting from cerebral palsy. (Copies of this article are available from: Haworth Document Delivery Centre, Haworth Press Inc., 10 Alice Street,  Binghamton, NY 13904-1580).

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Equal measures: closing the accessibility gap

Editors:
SHIPLEY Tony, GILL John, (eds.)
Publisher:
COST
Publication year:
2005
Pagination:
24p.
Place of publication:
London

The European Union has produced a set of Directives governing the provision of electronic communications facilities.  People who have disabilities, or who are elderly and are now experiencing some loss of function, are at risk of exclusion from this new world of electronic communications unless special note is made of their needs. However, the pace of technological change is such that specific technical measures are quickly rendered obsolete, and so have no place in legislation that is intended to be of lasting value. If the primary legislation can only point to the basic fundamentals, and if the market-place is not yet ready to acknowledge a wider spectrum of functional ability amongst its customers, how can this risk of exclusion be addressed? The aim of this publication is to show how, with a degree of European co-operation, the powers devolved to national regulators can be applied to close the gap and bring in short- term measures that are consistent with the overall framework while addressing immediate problems of accessibility.

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