Simple Modifications


This module developed by the Center for Assistive Technology discusses the potential of computers to help students with disabilities learn, collaborate and be more productive. It covers many areas and presents all of the material in easy to understand language. The many illustrations also make the information easy to digest.

The reader is provided with information about positioning for computer use and a very helpful positioning checklist. The article also provides information about low tech computer adaptations and modifications to the operating systems of both Macintosh and Windows computers. These free and easy modifications make computers more accessible to students with disabilities by allowing the user to modify the size of the cursor, keyboard functions, sound and how things appear on the screen.

The module includes a section that explains the basic parts of a computer (mouse, keyboard, printer, peripheral devices, etc.). For those who are new to computers, this section is a great introduction to their system and related devices such as scanners, digital cameras etc. There is also specific information about computer accommodations for students with disabilities, including adaptive keyboards, such as the IntelliKeys; keyguards; typing aids; onscreen keyboards; magnifiers; and keycaps.


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