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We all use computers in our everyday life - all of them designed to do different tasks, ranging from the very small to the very complex.
Some are very obviously computers – such as laptops and desktop personal computers. Other computers are not as obvious and include those inside your car engine or inside other everyday devices.
For the disability sector there are computers of many kinds:
Hardware includes the physical pieces of equipment in computers.
Software refers to a program or application to be supported on your hardware. Software helps you to achieve what you need, just like when you buy a new computer you need to buy a program like Office to run on it.
To find out more about some of the items listed above:
Independent Living Centre - www.ilcaustralia.org.au/
Tad WA, Bikes, custom aids and computer services - www.tadwa.org.au/default.aspx?cntID=1
Solve, Victoria - www.solve.org.au/
Technical Solutions Australia - www.tecsol.com.au/cms123/
Northcott - www.northcott.com.au/services/assistive-technology
ACU Library - www.library.acu.edu.au/about_the_library/facilities_and_services/disability_services_and_adaptive_technology
Some software we have found helpful:
Also see the Applications page, where there are numerous 'app' recommendations.
PECS: Using the Picture Exchange system - www.pecs.com/
Boardmaker - www.mayer-johnson.com/software/Boardmkr.html
SymbolSticks - www.n2y.com/products/symbolstix/
Using Visual Supports- www.angelfire.com/ky/touristinfo/index5.html
Using Signs with children with Down syndrome - www.altonweb.com
Using signs with babies with and without disabilities - www.babysigns.com/
Microsoft - www.microsoft.com/enable/
Spectronics Australia – www.spectronicsinoz.com
Government - www.dhs.vic.gov.au/for-individuals/disability/individual-support-packages
NDIS (about Assistive Technology Suppliers) - www.ndis.gov.au/document/285
Australian Rehabilitation and Assistive Technology association - www.arata.org.au/
Tech4life blog - www.tech4life.com.au/
Assistance with cost of assistive technologies (Queensland) - www.qld.gov.au/disability/adults/caeati/
Victoria Library - www.slv.vic.gov.au/services/disability-assistance-technologies
Dr Tim Moore research - www.eduweb.vic.gov.au/edulibrary/public/earlychildhood/intervention/ecislitreview.pdf