Access and Technology | Opinion

The computer is one of the most versatile tools of all. Its functionality is limited only by the ability to program and our ability to imagine possibilities. However, there is evidence that it has been very difficult to provide reliable applications that are well adapted to the wide range of options needed to allow access to persons with disabilities. The shortcomings come in seemingly infinite differences. We should not be surprised by this. The human body is complex and can break down in endless ways. Some failures are temporary (eg broken wrist) and some are chronic and persistent (eg deafness, blindness, motor and cognitive impairment). Regardless of the case, people with these problems usually require interventions of various kinds to enable the use of computer applications.

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