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Lesson 4: Motor Impairments

This lesson is divided into the following parts:

Part 1 Becoming familiar with the Adaptech:Research Network

Part 2 :Introduction to motor impairments

Part 3: Alternative keyboards and an alternative mouse

Part 4 On- Screen Keyboards

Part 5: voice recognition

Part 6: lesson take-aways

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Part 1: Becoming familiar with the Adaptech Research Network

The Adaptech Research Network has developed an extensive database of free and inexpensive adaptive technology and a set of demonstration videos highlighting the capabilities of some of these tools. This was mentioned in an earlier lesson. Now it is time you will need to use it. First you need to visit it on the Internet at:


EASI also has an hour-long webinar about Adaptech presented by one of its staff. I don’t think you need to watch the webinar, but if you want to it is at:

View the webinar

The Adaptech web home page is the front for a number of research and other resources produced by Adaptech. For our purposes, I want you to go to the database of software. From the home page, select the link for downloads. The database is organized in categories. From this page, the first 2 items are ‘windows’ and ‘Mac OS’. These deal with built-in accessibility tools built into the system’s operating system. I had you use some of those previously. Now take time to notice just which tools are there. Feel free to use these again in your assignments. In any case be familiar with these so you can introduce to students with disabilities. The remaining categories include other devices and operating systems such as both Apple and Android smart phones. Some of the categories under the operating systems are: