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Assistive Technology To Help People With Disabilities Apply For Benefits

Assistive technology for the disabled can take many forms. Here you can learn how to get what you need, at no or little cost. It could help make applying for disability benefits just that much easier.

Is there a tool or service or assistive technology training or equipment you'd like to see featured here? Please contact us and let us know.

Serving People With Disabilities

Disabled parking sign.
Disabled parking is now commonplace.

As time and progress march on, there have been advancements that many of us could never have imagined. Things like wheelchair ramps and handicapped parking spaces were virtually nonexistent only a few decades ago.

Nowadays, these conveniences for people with disabilities are extraordinarily common and are seen nearly everywhere you go.

The popularity of such accommodations and so many people with disabilities making use of them seems commonplace and certainly nothing so extraordinary.

But the truth is, it took considerable time and effort to bring about things like handicapped parking spaces and wheelchair ramps. By contrast, the Internet has become friendly to people with disabilities in a much shorter time.

For example, we can now use the web to find and apply for disability grants and benefits. It's still not an easy process though. Since our goal is to help folks get started the right way, some assistive technology can help.

Text To Speech To Text

Image of Thunder, a screen reader that's free of charge for the disabled.
Thunder is a screen reader that's free
of charge for the disabled.

This effort to help those in need has given rise to many new tools. Software that reads text from the screen is the best example.

It converts the text it reads into spoken words for those who might not be able to read or see the monitor. It literally reads the screen and then speaks it.

In addition to software that converts screen text into speech is software that does the reverse. It converts speech into text.

Originally, "voice-activated software" allowed people to control computer operating system by voice alone.

Voice activated software has come a long way. Smartphones are "living" proof of how technology is helping to reduce the dependence on the keyboard and mouse for some folks with disabilities.

Image of Dragon Naturally Speaking, software that turns talk into text.Some of the most interesting software allows you to speak into a microphone and then have that speech converted into text. Many visitors to this site tell their story by dictating it.

This is a godsend to those who have trouble typing or who cannot operate the mouse and keyboard at all. The impossible becomes possible when talking replaces typing.

While generally intended for disabled people, these two simple examples of assistive technology are available to anyone looking for convenience and/or greater efficiency.

Speech-to-text software has become popular with stenographers, journalists and others who do a tremendous amount of typing, as well as with those who are not that good at typing or who just don't like it.

Our stated mission is to help people apply for disability benefits by editing and polishing the story they use when starting the process. Dictation software can help you jump-start things. The question is...

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