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Apple Education Solutions

Making it easier to select

the appropriate software
and hardware for students
Disability Solutions
with disabilities

“My computer has been the best thing

that has ever happened to me in my
life. Now people do not have to read my
words; they can listen just like everyone
else. When I talk in my dreams, I have
a computer voice.”
—Adam Wulf,
student with
communication difficulties
who uses a Macintosh


A. Macintosh Access Passport. A comprehensive database of access products for the Macintosh, available on disk from Apple.
B. Head-controlled mouse. This system uses a sip and puff tube attached to a headset that simulates the mouse. Used in conjunction with
an on-screen keyboard, it can also replace the standard keyboard.
C. Screen magnification system. This software enlarges everything on the screen at a variety of magnification levels.
D.Expanded keyboard. An oversized keyboard with overlays (provided with the product or customizable) that provides larger key areas.

Since 1985, when Apple created the For example, Mouse Keys allows you to
industry’s first Disability Solutions Group, control the pointer on the screen by using
we have been at the forefront of making the keyboard instead of the mouse. Sticky
computer technology that meets the Keys makes keyboard shortcuts easier to
special needs of children and adults type by allowing you to press the keys se-
with disabilities. quentially instead of simultaneously. And
There are many ways in which the Slow Keys helps you avoid the accidental
Macintosh —right out of the box—is acces- typing of unwanted keys.
sible to someone with a disability. If your On the reverse side of this page,
student has a visual disability, you may you’ll find information about assistive soft-
want to use CloseView—software included ware and hardware devices that make using
with every Macintosh—to magnify the com- Macintosh computers easier for people
puter screen. Or if someone uses only one with disabilities. And you’ll find additional
finger or a mouthstick to type, you’ll find resources of information from Apple and
that features in the Easy Access control other organizations.
panel make it easier to use the keyboard.

Apple Education
Apple Education Solutions

Disability Solutions
Physical Disabilities Visual Disabilities Other Resources
Depending on your students’ personal abili- For some students, software that enlarges Apple Computer’s Disability Resources
ties and preferences, there are dozens of what’s on the Macintosh screen, and provides A source of answers to questions about how
different kinds of expanded keyboards, additional display modes, might be sufficient. people with various disabilities might use
switches, and gadgets that give them access For others, however, you might be interested Macintosh computers. You can also request
to the Macintosh. The right tool for one per- in software that can read aloud the contents a free copy of the Macintosh Access Passport,
son may look like a traditional keyboard, but of the screen, including the location of on- a disk containing a comprehensive database
have large, touch-sensitive keys to help make screen images such as the pointer, icons, of access products for the Macintosh com-
typing easier. Maybe what’s appropriate for windows, and menus. And if you want to puter. This database covers a variety of disabil-
another student is a product that can be held convert text to Braille and format it for print- ity categories, including visual, physical,
in one hand or attached to a positioning bar. ing on a Braille embosser, a Braille translator hearing, learning, and speaking.
Other useful products include on-screen is also available. 1-800-600-7808 or 1-800-755-0601 (TTY)
keyboards that let you type with almost any Contact the companies listed below for applewdsg@eworld.com
part of your body; smart keyboards that allow information about their products. http://www2.apple.com/disability/
you to customize each key’s position, size,
and function; and interfaces that let you Berkeley Access Alliance for Technology Access
connect single switches to the Macintosh. (510) 883-6280 A national network of nonprofit resource
access@berksys.com centers that provides information and consul-
Contact the companies listed below for
Duxbury Systems, Inc. tation about computer use for children and
information about their products. (508) 486-9766 adults with disabilities.
Don Johnston, Inc.
1-800-999-4660 Telesensory (415) 455-4575
1-800-227-8418 atafta@aol.com
IntelliTools, Inc. Trace R&D Center
Communication Disabilities
1-800-899-6687 A leading research and development site
intellitoo@aol.com If your students have difficulty with writing, focusing on issues of access to computers
consider a talking word processor or a word
Madenta Communications and information systems. Trace also publishes
prediction program. For students who can’t
1-800-661-8406 a comprehensive resource book of computer
speak, you might be interested in communi-
gomadenta@eworld.com and communications accessibility products.
cation software that draws from stored librar-
Prentke Romich ies of text that students access on demand via (608) 262-6966
1-800-262-1984 on-screen graphics or symbols. With such info@trace.wisc.edu
TASH, Inc. software, your students’ Macintosh computer
1-800-463-5685 can literally speak their words. Closing the Gap
tashcan@aol.com A national organization focusing on the use
Contact the companies listed below for of computer technology by and for individuals
information about their products. with special needs. It publishes a bimonthly
Don Johnston, Inc. newsletter (including an annual resource
1-800-999-4660 directory) and conducts an annual
djde@aol.com conference.
Mayer-Johnson Co. (612) 248-3294
(619) 550-0084

For information about Apple Education products, programs, and services, call 1-800-800-APPL (2775).
Apple Education information can also be located on the Internet at
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