There are many advances in technology that can help people with disabilities get better access to technology. The disabled are a growing demographic in the US and other countries, and as a result there is a huge need for more efficient systems to help them use technology. This book examines the possibilities of utilizing new information technology in the education of today’s disabled.
Privacy Is A Hot Topic
Privacy is a hot topic these days, especially since the rise of identity theft and other Internet fraud. Identity theft refers to stealing one’s own identity to commit financial fraud. The personal information that is stolen can then be used to issue purchases, open bank accounts, change money settings and much more. Because of this threat, many people want to have stronger privacy policies for Internet use. The Personal Electronic Privacy Act (PEPA) was introduced to address this issue in 2021.
This law requires that websites and other online services reveal to users certain details about how they collect and store their personal information. This includes what personal information is collected by the various systems, and what systems do not collect this information. It also calls for agencies to provide consumers with the ability to block their personal information from being automatically sent to third parties without their consent.
Technologies For Disabled People
New technology has been developed that allows people with disabilities to use computers in their own homes. Video surveillance can be integrated into the home’s Internet system so that a disabled person can monitor their surroundings and ward off trouble from neighbors or thieves. A person can use voice-recognition technology to conduct simple voice communication. Special software is available for this purpose, and there are also numerous programs that allow people to communicate with their family members or loved ones through written as well as spoken communication.
Some disabilities require that people use Braille-like print materials in order to read and understand things. New technologies now exist that allow Braille-printed materials to be used on computer screens, even when the user is not visually impaired. These technologies combine special software with printed circuit board technology. This enables the user to see the print material without having to see letters and numbers. In addition, Braille-printed materials can be made with monochrome screens, permitting the blind or visually impaired person to read text on a computer screen.
Providing Personal Information Over The Internet
Many people have become wary of providing personal information over the Internet. They fear that their personal information will be stolen or misused, possibly putting them at risk for identity theft. New technology has been developed to address this issue, and some Internet service providers are blocking certain forms of communication on their networks. For example, some email services are no longer sending messages on email attachments. Similarly, social networking sites are no longer using photographs or videos as the default profile pictures for users who use these services.
Information technology has provided many new opportunities for individuals who have a disability or low-visionedness. Because of technology’s development, many Braille-printed materials have been developed to help visually impaired individuals to read print media. New technology is available for those who use computers to help them retain their independence. Software programs that allow computer users to adjust their screen settings so that they can see all of the words on a document are now available. You can now read books and articles in landscape, portrait, or horizontal orientation. As time goes on, technology will enable more features and capabilities for the benefit of the handicapped, old, and young.