What challenges do individuals with speech impairments face in operating computers?
Speech impairments alone generally do not interfere with most computer use. However, advanced computer-based speech synthesizers are close enough to human quality to act as substitute voices and thus provide a compensatory tool for students who cannot communicate verbally. Students with portable systems can participate in class discussions once adapted computers provide them with intelligible speaking voices.
Select the image to the right to view a captioned video clip, in Real Player format, of a young man using a communication device to participate in class.
For more information, consult the DO-IT publications, Working Together: People with Disabilities and Computer Technology, Working Together: Computers and People with Sensory Impairments, and Technology and Universal Design.
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