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    Help with Disabled employee

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    by ronwinquest ·

    We have an employee that does not have arms, he uses prosthesis. We are wanting to get him a pc that he can use, but I do not have a clue where to begin with this project.

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    • #3214520

      Check out ADA

      by mjd420nova ·

      In reply to Help with Disabled employee

      American Disablities Act. They may have contacts for different styles of keyboards that may be of use to those with limited functions.

    • #3214519

      Couple of things

      by tig2 ·

      In reply to Help with Disabled employee

      I have had end users that could not use hands to type- in both cases, quadriplegic. In both cases, the end user used a device to press keys on a standard keyboard. I have used Via Voice with some success as well but it required that the user be placed in a quiet location- away from background noise.

      In both cases, I worked with the end users to determine what their abilities were and selected alternatives that filled in the gaps. I did frequent check backs to insure that our solutions were working.

      The pc itself is not where you will need to adapt in all liklihood. It will be in the input devices.

      Good luck!

    • #3214511

      Check with the Student Disabilities Office…

      by faradhi ·

      In reply to Help with Disabled employee

      of a local public university. THey should have resources to help you determine what is considered “reasonable” under ADA. They should also be able to help you get a list of possible tech options.

      If you do not have one or they are not very helpful, PM me and I will put you in contact with the Student Disabilities Office at the University of Memphis. The office at the UofM is first rate and I am sure they would be willing to help. (My wife was a graduate assistant there.)

    • #3214462

      Used to do that

      by jdmercha ·

      In reply to Help with Disabled employee

      I used to set up systems for disabled people. The simple route is to add Dragon Dictate to any regular PC. There are two ‘tricks’ to making this work.

      The user should be in a consistant environment, reguarding noise level. Yes it helps to be in a quiet environment, but that is not neccesary if you use a good unidirectional microphone.

      The user needs to be trained by somebody who knows Dragon Dictate very well. That is the big knock against voice recognition software. Most people who have tried it and don’t like it, just don’t know how to use it properly.

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