Adaptive Hardware

Adaptive hardware devices can additionally be used to make accessing the computer and navigating the web easier for those with disabilities. Below is a list of such devices available for purchase.

Adaptive Hardware for Vision Impairments

  • Braille Devices such as:
    • Embossers
    • Note-taking devices
    • Portable displays
    • Printers
    • Readers
  • Closed Circuit Televisions (CCTVs) provide video magnification of print and other materials. Users can place a book, image, or text underneath a camera or lens and the magnified image is rendered on a video screen.
  • Headsets allow users to hear audio text privately, while the attached microphone allows for hands-free use of voice recognition software.
  • Large Monitors of 20 inch or more provide more room for enlarged text and graphics
  • Magnabrite Magnifier is a solid acrylic 4 times light-gathering magnifier. It intensifies the light that passes through it, making the magnified subject clearer and nearly four times brighter.
  • Scanners with optical character recognition (OCR) software convert print materials in to electronic text which can be read by the computer.
  • A Tactile Image Enhancer creates an upraised impression of an image on specially made paper, allowing people with visual difficulties to feel the contours of the image.

Adaptive Hardware for Mobility Impairments

Adjustable Height Tables and Chairs can help with strained or injured backs.
  • Special Mice, Keyboards and Pointing Devices that are more ergonomic can make it easier to navigate the computer and more comfortable on your body.
  • Tablet PCs can capture handwritten notes allowing users to write directly on the screen (with a non-ink digital pen) while the tablet translates the handwriting into keyboard-style text.