Assistive Technology queries answered online

Assistive Technology queries answered online

This is really awesome! The best announcement of this nature in some while! Nice to be spreading word of an actual assistance system. An Accessible one at that!

Thanks to all who help spread the word.

Subject: Assistive technology queries answered online by an expert, Dan’s tip for July 7 2016

Pondering thought:

If you hate all prejudice people, are you a hypoocrite?

Why is the word for “a fear of long words” so long? (Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia)

Fact of the day:

  • In which sport are the shoes made entirely of metal?

Answer: Horseracing.

  • Find the English word that can be formed from all these letters:PNLLEEEESSSSS

Answer: Sleeplessness.

A few errors were pointed out to me in the posting of 99 tech tips you should know from yesterday.  I must apologize  for the errors. I don’t use the Mac and fortunately Trish found two errors I must mention. These are:

Number 99: there is no “alt” key for a Mac. The key next to the spacebar like in windows is the “alt” key, but for Mac that is the “command” key

so this tip states to use the command plus alt and S, so I’m wondering if this should be command plus option key which is next in line to the command key?

on #50, if you set the Mac’s FN key from software to hardware,then the “FN” key held down with the up/down volume keys which are “f11/f12” there is a sound made to increase/decrease volume on a Mac.

*Your assistive technology queries answered online by an expert

Published: May 20th, 2016

Anyone seeking advice on assistive technology will be able to call on the expertise of a technology professional, thanks to a community forum on the website of disability charity Scope.

The charity’s ‘Ask an assistive technologist’ service allows users to leave questions on the forum, where they will be read by a specialist, who will then leave advice for the user to pick up. Users just need to register on the site to become part of Scope’s online community, and can then post questions.

Kim Lawther, an assistive technologist at Craig y Parc School in Cardiff, Wales, will be answering the queries. Lawther works with children and young adults with a range of disabilities at the Cardiff school, and has extensive knowledge of assistive equipment.

Lawther explained more about the process to e-Access Bulletin: “Scope has a phenomenal team of assistive technologists, so if I don’t know the answer to someone’s question, then I am sure one of us will. I also intend to point people in the direction of more information – for example, about suppliers or funding.”

The service was initially available in 2014 with a different assistive technologist, but after a temporary hiatus, the new appointment of Lawther as the community advisor has effectively relaunched the initiative.

So far, questions left for Lawther have covered a wide rage of topics in just a few weeks. Forum members have asked about: speech-recognition software; Google Cardboard (a newly launched virtual reality headset); making banking accessible for users of eye-tracking technology; games programming for users with learning disabilities; and a new app to help people with communication difficulties,

Find out more and ask a question on Scope’s ‘Ask an Assistive Technologist’ forum, at the following

The Lord’s loving kindnesses indeed never cease, For His compassion’s never fail. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22

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