Assistive Technology & Devices for People with Disabilities

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    PC or Mac? There is an ongoing debate over built-in versus separate assistive technologies for the personal computer. Apple makes its own assistive technology applications, which means that getting an upgrade is as simple as downloading it from Apple’s Web site; you don’t have to buy a whole new product. Microsoft, in contrast, partners with 180 vendors that make products to work with Windows and can offer more choices to the customer. Both Apple and Microsoft have demonstrated their commitment...Read More
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    People use wheelchairs for a variety of reasons—some permanent, some temporary. The main users of wheelchairs are those who have a spinal cord injury. Other reasons for wheelchair use include fatigue from multiple sclerosis, muscle weakness from muscular dystrophy, lower-limb spasticity from cerebral palsy, and missing limbs due to amputation. There are hundreds of wheelchairs on the market, ranging from light, manual ones to super-powered chairs that can maneuver on rough terrains. There are wheelchairs...Read More
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    Q&A with Michael Soltis, Managing Partner, Jackson Lewis, LLC. Recent amendments to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) have expanded disability protections but have also caused some confusion as to what constitutes a disability. Michael Soltis, managing partner of the Stamford, Conn., office of workplace law firm Jackson Lewis, explains that employees and employers should engage in an “interactive dialogue” that will give employees with disabilities a method to make the strongest...Read More

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Suzanne Robitaille

Suzanne Robitaille is the founder and editor of Abledbody, a website that covers disability news and assistive technology. Growing up profoundly deaf, Suzanne learned firsthand that people with disabilities can benefit from these type of technologies both professionally and socially. She began her journalism career in 2000 at the Wall Street Journal's interactive operations in New York. A year later, she became a technology columnist for Business Week Online, writing a weekly column on assistive...

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