Appendix A: Alternative Adaptive Technologies

The following adaptive technologies are alternatives to the primary

Screen Magnification

MAGIC from Henter Joyce

Screen Magnification Software

MAGic includes 3.5 inch diskette, manual, and Windows 95, Windows 3.1
and MS-DOS support

MAGic (Magnification in Color) is screen magnification software that
enlarges a PC, laptop, or notebook screen from 2 to 20X! It is ideal for
low-vision computer
users or anyone who is required to spend extended periods of time in front
of a computer
screen. MAGic enlarges text, graphics, or any Windows system screen,
type-through access in both text and graphics mode. This software-only
solution is easy to
install and requires minimal memory.

MAGic for Windows

MAGic works with all Windows applications, including multimedia
applications requiring
256-color support. A pop-up user interface lets the user fine-tune the
attributes, by setting preferences for magnification, panning, tracking,
hotkeys, and advanced
options. Screen/context position is maintained when using MAGic's screen
locator option, or by utilizing MAGic's multi-directional screen
panning/review mode with
adjustable speed, pause/restart, and screen navigation controls.

MAGic for MS-DOS

MAGic for MS-DOS magnifies text from 1.2 to 12X and graphics 2X. Font
smoothing at
magnifications greater than 4 enhance readability. MAGic's review mode
includes smooth panning in eight directions. Horizontal scanning
automatically moves to the next line when the end of the current line is
reached. Panning can
also be easily stopped and restarted. A stacked mode option wraps the right
side of each
screen line under the left. Unique bookmark indexing allows storage and
recall of up to 10
screen locations.

MAGic Features

The ability to change foreground/background color specifications
Automatic tracking and stop/start controls
A screen locator that shows location relative to a full-size screen

System Requirements

386 or later PC running Windows 95 or 3.1X
256-color display driver at any resolution
650K free hard disk space


OnScreen Keyboard

Visual Keyboard
Adaptive Computer Systems Inc.

Automatically launches and resizes the desired Windows application
Word Prediction Abbreviation Expansion
Automatic Capitalization and Punctuation
Point and Click, Dwell, and Scanning modes integrated Drag and drop to
design your own keyboard

Visual Keyboard will automatically launch and resize the desired Windows
application so you can get to work quickly. Word prediction, abbreviation
and automatic capitalization reduce the number of keystrokes required to
type. A
variety of entry modes are integrated to allow users to try a wide range of
input methods to
find the best one. The Keyboard Designer allows you to simply drag and drop
to design your
own custom keyboard.

Visual Keyboard $495.00


Track-A-Ball is a trackball with input jacks for control by a single
ability switch. People with motor impairments can use it as a trackball or
they can use it with
programs that support scanning mode to generate 'mouse clicks' with an
ability switch
(sometimes called 'jelly-bean switch') provided by many vendors. Adaptive
can include an
ability switch of your choice for the manufacturer's retail price.  Many
people with moderate
motor impairment (e.g. due to moderate cerebral palsy) can use
a trackball better than a mouse. Trackballs never 'run out of room' (you
don't have to pick them up and move to the middle of the mousepad-you don't
even need a
mousepad, and they save space). The buttons for clicking are large and easy
to push. They
are ideal for use by many people with motor impairments.

Track-A-Ball lets care providers control the mouse cursor with a
trackball so that they can help the person with disabilities during
evaluation, training, and if
they get 'stuck' during actual use.

A trackball is essentially a mouse turned upside down. The ball is much
larger, and is exposed so it is easy to manipulate. The Track-A-Ball serves
the needs
of the whole family. Kids can use it to play games, and adults can use it
to with word
processors and spreadsheets, etc.

Many people who use computers every day in their work prefer trackballs,
especially if they need to achieve a high degree of precision in
controlling the mouse
cursor. A person whose motor skills limit the precision of their movements,
can still achieve
a moderate degree of precision in cursor placement with a trackball, so
they use an on-screen
keyboard such as Visual Keyboard to do word processing and use
spreadsheets. They can
surf the Web with Visual Surfboard. They can communicate via email (also
with Visual
Surfboard), use text to speech products such a Visual Voice, and many other

Track-A-Ball $150.00


Screen Reader

GW Micro

Window-Eyes was designed to add voice access to Windows 3.1x and Windows
95. Window-Eyes is a stand-alone Windows application which gives you total
control over
what you hear, when you hear it, and how you hear it. Since Window-Eyes is a
stand-alone Windows screen reader, it does not require a particular DOS screen
reader. This means you can continue to use your existing DOS screen reader
while executing
DOS programs and Window-Eyes while executing Windows programs. However,
Vocal-Eyes users will appreciate the consistent design used throughout
Window-Eyes. Many
of the familiar and powerful features of Vocal-Eyes can be found in
Window-Eyes. Although
Window-Eyes is a new product, why re-invent the wheel? The proven design
philosophies of
Vocal-Eyes have been integrated as a base for Window-Eyes. Vocal-Eyes users
will surely
appreciate the consistent user interface which allows them to work faster
with their
Windows applications instead of learning a new screen reader.


Compatibility with Windows 95 and Windows 3.1x
Compatibility with many popular voice synthesizers
Full support for video attributes and all video systems
Automatically labels application's graphics
Extremely stable and responsive
Separate, highly adjustable screen, keyboard, and mouse voices A  WE
cursor for reviewing the screen without disturbing the caret or mouse
No need to learn or use macros
No need for special Windows video or keyboard drivers
Easy-to-use drop-down menu system for control and setup
Many user-assignable hot keys for operating Window-Eyes on the fly
Forty-six user-definable cursor-tracking keys
Advanced light-bar tracking with intelligent automatic mode to gain easy
access to menus, buttons, icons, and other highlighted text.
Fifty simultaneous Window-Eyes user windows for reading user specified
areas of the screen.
Self-adjusting windows to read screen information in moving areas of the
screen or for compensating for the resizing of windows.
Ten independent hyperactive windows that watch for user-specified screen
changes and perform a variety of selectable reading and other Window-Eyes
Exceptions dictionaries for altering the way words, graphics, key-
labels, characters, and mouse pointers are pronounced
Automatic loading of speaking environments and dictionaries
Keyboard commands for moving the mouse pointer without having to use a
physical mouse
A wide variety of features for automatic reading of menus, dialog boxes,
and other Windows activities
Audible signals to alert you to capitalization and format changes when
A read-to-end feature for reading nonstop from the beginning to the end
of a document
Standard look, feel, and intuitive operations of the Windows environment
An easy-to-use  Window-Eyes User's Guide, presented in a tutorial format


For libraries adding either an optical scanner system or a braille emboser,
these would be our choices:

Alternative scanner and optical character recognition

Kurzweil 1000 Version 3.0
Kurzweil Educational Systems, Inc.
411 Waverley Oaks Road, Waltham, MA 02145,
tel.: (800) 894-KESI (5374), fax: (781) 893-4157,

Alternative braille embosser

6.  Alternative braille translation software


Raised Dot Computing 408 S. Baldwin St. Madison, WI 53703
Phone: 608-257-9595; 800-347-9594    FAX: 608-257-4143


Alternative braille embosser

The company which handles our first choice, carries a variety of embossers,
we would recommend getting one from them that was not as heavy duty a machine.

  Enabling Technologies

World's Leading Manufacturer of Braille Embossers
1601 Northeast Braille Place
Jensen Beach, Florida 34957 USA
Phone: (561) 225 DOTS (3687)
Fax: (561) 225 FAXX (3299)
Phone toll free in continental USA: (800) 777 DOTS
Fax toll free in continental USA: (800) 950 DOTS
E-Mail to right here  


Alternative braille transcription software:

MegaDots is an easy, user friendly program for making Braille. It
combines a sophisticated word processor with automatic Braille
formatting that meets the most exacting requirements.

Raised Dot Computing
408 S. Baldwin St.
Madison, WI 53703
Phone: 608-257-9595; 800-347-9594
FAX: 608-257-4143