Sunday, August 16, 2009

A netbook as assistive technology

An interesting article discusses using a netbook as a speech communicator for those with ALS and others. This is a much less expensive option than current speech communicators which can cost over $5000.

It refers the reader to a list of free software that, in combination with a netbook, can be used to communicate.

The software includes:

Free software that is recommended:

Please note, however, that netbooks do not generally run voice recognition software, so as this article points out, the user must have hand function or be prepared to use other technology to access the keyboard. Also it is important that the netbook have Windows XP (not all do) . A webcam is recommended as is a longer life battery.

You can read the entire article at the above link.

For more information on computer access for those with ALS, please visit here.

For more information on speaking/communication difficulties, please click here.

3 comments:

Nick said...

great stuff!

I use my laptop to communicate if someone can't understand me.

Greg said...

great post, thanks

Wheelie Catholic said...

thanks, Nick and Greg. It's really great to see netbooks brought in as low cost assistive technology solutions