Videos of people using assistive technology
Via ATMac I recently came across AssistiveWare videos on computer accessibility, a number of videos that show how people with various disabilities use assistive technology with their computers.
What is especially good with these videos is that they don’t only show people using screen readers or other assistive technology for people who are visually impaired. Not that there is anything wrong with showing how screen readers work, but many aren’t aware that Web accessibility is about more than visually impaired people.
A few examples of what these videos show:
- A guy with spinal muscular atrophy playing World of Warcraft and Unreal Tournament 2004 using only his thumb: One Thumb to Rule Them All
- A woman with ALS controlling her computer with a switch taped to her cheek: A pivotal role in the household
- A girl with athetoid cerebral palsy who can write and draw thanks to the computer: Me and my computer
- A woman with cerebral palsy who uses her computer to do graphic design work: We can because we think we can
All of these are also available in high resolution formats from the AssistiveWare website, where you can find several more videos.
These videos are really great, and I highly recommend that you watch them to get a better idea of how assistive technology can improve lives.