- Shopping Bag ( 0 items )
From Barnes & NobleThe Barnes & Noble Review
Few investments offer greater potential ROI than accessible and assistive technologies. Offering technologies that support individuals with disabilities can cut workmen’s compensation costs, reduce employee turnover, and give companies access to many more qualified individuals. But few decision makers are familiar with these technologies, and fewer still know how to integrate them into the organization. This concise book, rich with case studies, offers all the guidance you’ll need.
The authors start with the business case, presenting research on the value delivered by disabled employees and the soaring risk of disability your workforce will face as it ages. Next, they review a broad array of technologies, software tools, and Windows features that address vision, hearing, mobility, language, and other impairments.
The heart of the book is a series of case studies drawn from leading-edge implementers in health care, finance, retail, manufacturing, and government. They’re using technologies ranging from simple keyboard shortcuts and macros to voice recognition software, amplified headsets, screen review utilities, terminal emulation, and Internet Relay Chat. Many of these tools are inexpensive, or even free -- and the book is full of resources and web links. Speaking of the Web, the authors also touch on web accessibility -- though we’d have welcomed a separate chapter on that crucial issue.
Ultimately, succeeding with accessible technology is first and foremost about attitude and process. That’s why each set of case studies in this book concludes with lessons learned. Learn these lessons, and you’re halfway there. (Bill Camarda)
Bill Camarda is a consultant, writer, and web/multimedia content developer. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2000 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks For Dummies®, Second Edition.