Did you know that accessible technology may already be built into your operating system?
AT doesn’t have to be expensive! There are many types of AT that can be affordable or even free of cost. There are also some great programs that are designed to provide people with low-cost solutions to help with the purchase of accessible technology.
Built-In Features of Your Computer
Most operating systems and applications already come equipped with no-cost solutions for many MS-related challenges. These include screen magnifiers, the ability to enlarge fonts, and change the speed and width of a blinking cursor. The following links provide instructions on how you may be able to maximize the accessibility of your operating system through accessibility options and utilities, see:
Low-Cost Accessible Technology Solutions
There are a lot of technology options available for under $100. These include specialized keyboards, pointing devices, and even some types of software. Below are some examples of low-cost accessible technologies that can help you live better with your MS:
Assistive Technology Loans
Most states have foundations that provide loans to help people with disabilities purchase AT. The following site can direct you to the appropriate organization in your state that offers these financing programs.
Governmental and Non-Governmental Assistance
Many rehabilitation agencies provide free or low cost accessible technology to qualified individuals. In fact, most states have their own vocational rehabilitation agencies that can help identify AT for people with disabilities.