Technology can help you stay connected with your family and friends, manage your MS, handle everyday tasks, and even maintain a job. Here’s how:
Technology Solutions for Vision Challenges
Visual challenges can make using a computer difficult, but there are several types of accessible technology designed to help.
Screen magnifiers work like a magnifying glass for computers by enlarging a portion of the screen, making it easier to read.
Screen readers are used to “speak aloud” in a computerized voice whatever is on a computer screen including text, graphics, control buttons and menus.
Operating system modifications can make the mouse pointer larger, slow the blinking speed of the cursor and change the font size on your desktop.
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Technology Solutions for Cognitive Challenges
Memory problems, difficulty concentrating and slowness in processing information are all cognitive challenges associated with MS. Accessible technology can help you address these challenges.
Outlook/text message reminders are an easy and free way to remind yourself about everyday tasks, as well as important appointments.
Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs) can serve as a virtual notepad; use the “memo” option to write down various information such as questions for your doctor, grocery lists, or where you parked your car.
Assistive reading software can help you with reading, learning and writing by reformatting content, highlighting text as you read, and speaking text out loud.
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Technology Solutions for Dexterity Challenges
Some people with MS experience limited hand dexterity, making it difficult to type on a computer keyboard or use a mouse. Accessible technology can make it easier for you to use your computer despite these challenges.
Speech recognition programs allow people to give commands and enter data using their voices rather than a mouse or keyboard.
Alternative input devices allow individuals to use means other than a traditional keyboard or a standard pointing device to control their computer.
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Technology Solutions to Help You Stay Connected
MS can sometimes make you feel isolated and disconnected from the rest of the world. Technology can help you stay connected to family and friends, create new relationships, and share your personal experiences.
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Technology Solutions for Treatment & Research Options
While there is no cure available for MS at the present time, early and effective treatment can be an important component of helping to control disease progression. Technology can help you learn about treatment options, maintain a treatment schedule, and stay up to date on the latest MS research and information.
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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.