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IBM NATIONAL SUPPORT CENTER FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES RESOURCE GUIDE FOR PERSONS WITH MOBILITY IMPAIRMENTS P.O. Box 2150 Atlanta, GA 30301-2150 Continental USA - Telephone: (800) 426-2133 (Voice) ˙˙˙˙˙˙˙˙˙˙˙˙˙˙˙˙˙˙Telephone: (800) 284-9482 (TDD) IMPORTANT NOTICE This report helps to identify products which may assist disabled individuals in accessing IBM Personal Computers and the IBM Personal System/2 family of products. The report includes only a portion of the products, vendors and support groups which are available. IBM does not recommend, endorse or assist customers in any way in the selection, review or acquisition of non-IBM products, including those listed in this publication. IBM takes no responsibility whatsoever with regard to the selection, performance or use of the products herein listed. All understandings, agreements or warranties must take place directly between the program/product suppliers and prospective users. IBM makes no warranties of any kind with respect to the contents hereof, the products listed herein, or the completeness or accuracy of this publication. IBM specifically disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, including, but not limited to, the implied warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose. February 21, 1990 IBM National Support Center for Persons with Disabilities The IBM National Support Center for Persons with Disabilities serves to help health care leaders, agency directors, policy makers, employers, educators, public officials and individuals learn how technology can improve the quality of life for persons with disabilities in the school, home and workplace. The Center responds to requests for information on how computers can help people with impairments affecting vision, hearing, speech, learning and mobility. While the Center is unable to diagnose or prescribe an assistive device or software, information is provided on what is available and where one can go for more details. P.O. Box 2150 Atlanta, GA 30301-2150 (800) 426-2133 (Continental USA Voice) (800) 284-9482 (Continental USA TDD) TABLE OF CONTENTS _________________ HOW TO USE THIS GUIDE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 INTRODUCTION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 TECHNOLOGY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Keyboard Modification . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Alternate Input . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Switching Device . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 Voice Recognition . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83 Electronic Environment Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 95 Alternatives to Printed Documentation . . . . . . . . . . . 103 Word Processing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 109 IBM PC Voice Activated Keyboard Utility . . . . . . . . . . 113 SUPPORT GROUPS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 117 INDEX . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 119 HOW TO USE THIS GUIDE _____________________ This guide presents information about some of the technology and services that are available to help persons with disabilities. Some of the information deals with devices that may be attached to IBM computers to allow a disabled individual to lead a more independent and productive life. The guide is organized as follows: INTRODUCTION This section provides a general overview of the disability, including a discussion of how computer technology can improve the employability and quality of life of persons with disabilities. TECHNOLOGY This section lists products which may be used with IBM Personal Computers and the IBM Personal System/2 family of products to adapt the technology for persons with disabilities. SUPPORT GROUPS National agencies, associations and support groups available to persons with disabilities are listed in another guide, "Technology for Persons with Disabilities - an Introduction." Local, state and regional groups are listed in another guide, "Support Organizations." Both of these guides may be ordered from the Center. INDEX The index contains two lists: products and vendors. Please contact the vendor directly for more product information. How to Use This Guide 1 2 Introduction INTRODUCTION ____________ To people with a mobility impairment, computer technology provides an opportunity to gain independence in daily living and working activities. The computer may, however, require modifications to become accessible for an individual with a disability affecting motor control. Because impairments affecting motor control exist in differing degrees of severity, it is necessary to consider all areas of needs when choosing a computer for an individual with a physical disability. Among the needs to be addressed are the degree of mobility, positioning, endurance and communication. The needs of some individuals may be met with modifications to standard computer equipment. Others may need to replace an input device or add software to tailor the computer to their specific needs. MODIFICATIONS TO STANDARD KEYBOARDS Some people with physical disabilities can use a standard computer keyboard, but may type with one hand, one or two fingers, a head pointer, a mouthstick, a handstick or with reduced fine motor control. For these situations, there are software and hardware modifications that simplify keyboard operations. Persons who have reduced motor control or who use a headstick or mouthstick to press the keys may need some means of preventing accidental keystrokes. A KEYGUARD is a keyboard overlay with holes positoned over each key. It helps the user to stabilize finger, hand or stick movement and to select a key without accidentally activating others. Standard IBM keyboards have a built-in AUTO-REPEAT feature. If a key is held down long enough, it begins repeating and extra characters may be typed. Software programs are available to slow down or eliminate this feature. SINGLE-FINGER programs allow the user to change the operation of keys such as SHIFT, CONTROL and ALT so that two or more keys do not have to be pressed simultaneously. KEYLATCHES that toggle off and on may also be used to lock down keys temporarily. For the typist able to use only one hand, KEYBOARD REDEFINITION programs allow each key to be reassigned and permit the keyboard layout to be redesigned. For example, keys may be reassigned to distribute the typing load more evenly between the fingers on one hand, and keyboards with layouts for right- or left-handed typing are available. Introduction 3 ALTERNATIVES TO STANDARD KEYBOARDS In some instances, substitutes or replacements for the standard keyboard may be required. An individual who can press on a flat surface but cannot depress keys may be able to use a MEMBRANE KEYBOARD. There are EXPANDED KEYBOARDS with larger keys for those who can target only large areas and MINIATURE KEYBOARDS for those with an extremely limited range of movement of their limbs. Some keyboards may be tailored to allow single keystrokes to produce frequently-used words or phrases. ALTERNATIVE INPUT METHODS A keyboard is the most commonly used method of providing input to a PC. For an individual with a motor control impairment who may not be able to use a keyboard effectively with adaptations such as those just described, other input methods have been developed. The computer accepts characters or commands coming from these alternative input methods just as if they were coming from the computer's standard keyboard. When choosing an alternative method for computer input, one should make sure that it will work with all software applications to be used, such as word processing programs, database programs and educational programs. One input method uses a SWITCH to enter the same data that would be keyed. A wide variety of switches are activated by almost any motion of any part of the body. A switch adapts to a user's abilities - the voluntary actions that the user can reliably control. For example, a switch may be turned "on" or "off" by sipping and puffing on a tube, wrinkling the eyebrows or making contact with a metal plate. A SWITCH INTERFACE, which can be a software program or hardware device, acts as the link between the switch and the computer. One technique for operating a computer with a switch is SCANNING. The user selects the desired characters or words from the computer display or a separate panel. With scanning, a cursor or highlighted area moves repeatedly from one character (or group of characters) to the next. With several switch activations, the selection is entered into the computer as if it had been typed at the keyboard. Another technique using a single or dual switch is MORSE CODE. The switches connect to an adapter that translates the pattern of dots and dashes into standard keyboard signals. The advantage of Morse code is that it may be faster than scanning for some people and does not require a separate panel or occupy a part of the computer screen. With a DIRECT SELECTION method, the user "points to" the target items through a single action such as eye gaze, head pointer or light beam. The characters selected may be displayed on the computer terminal or on a separate panel. 4 Introduction VOICE RECOGNITION is an alternative input method by which a computer accepts a spoken command. A computer can only do this if it has a previously stored voice pattern to compare with the incoming sound. With some voice recognition systems, the person using the system must first train the computer by speaking several repetitions of the key word or phrase into the microphone attached to the computer. The computer saves this as a voice pattern. To use a voice recognition system successfully, an individual should be able to reproduce the same speech patterns that were used when setting up the system; that is, the user needs to speak the same way every time. When the computer receives voice commands for input to the system, it matches these against the stored voice patterns and executes the keystrokes that were set up for that command. ACCELERATION TECHNIQUES In conjunction with the modified and alternative input methods, other adaptations increase the rate of input from the keyboard or an alternative device. ABBREVIATION EXPANSION allows the user to input a predefined shorthand version of a word or phrase that is automatically expanded by the computer into words. WORD LISTS or WORD PREDICTION use the initial letter(s) of the words entered and present a dynamic menu of word choices. The user then selects the whole word, rather than typing each letter. Acceleration techniques may be available as separate software programs that run with an application program or as built-in features of word processing packages or multi-purpose adaptive software programs. In addition, acceleration features are included in some programs that modify keyboard operation and in software programs for alternate input systems. ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATION AIDS Individuals who have a physical disability that also affects the muscles used in speaking may benefit from technology enhancing oral communication. Portable devices providing synthesized speech or written output may aid communication. They may be accessed in a variety of ways, including touch-sensitive keyboards, switches and optical pointers. They may be used standalone or, in some cases, as alternate input to a computer. ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL An environmental control program helps an individual operate lights, a radio, television, a telephone or most any electrical device. For example, by using an environmental control device and a switch or voice recognition system, a person with reduced motor control can turn appliances on and off. In addition, some environmental control aids also function as input to a computer for purposes such as word processing. Introduction 5 6 Technology for Persons with Mobility Impairments TECHNOLOGY __________ Keyboard Modification Many individuals with a disability can use a standard IBM PC keyboard but may be under the constraint of typing with one hand, with only one or two fingers, with a head pointer, mouthstick or handstick or with poor motor control. Hardware and software adaptations to the standard keyboard assist a person in achieving productive, efficient and accurate typing on the computer keyboard. For persons who need some means of preventing accidental keystrokes, KEYGUARDS are a common modification. A keyguard is a plate which fits over the top of a keyboard and has holes over some or all of the keys. It allows the user a place to rest the hands while typing, but primarily it is designed to prevent inadvertent key presses caused by poor motor control or other factors. Some other adaptations for the one-finger, one-hand or stick typist are key latches and single-finger programs. Key latches are levers positioned over keys such as SHIFT, CONTROL or ALT which can be locked down on these keys. SINGLE-FINGER PROGRAMS allow the user to change the operation of keys so that they do not need to be pressed at the same time as another key. Keyboard redefinition programs allow the value of each key to be reassigned so the user can create a layout tailored to individual needs. Software programs are also available to enhance a person's typing speed and accuracy by reducing the number of keystrokes needed to produce words, phrases, sentences or paragraphs. For example, ABBREVIATION EXPANSION PROGRAMS can accept a few predefined keystrokes from the keyboard ("macros" or abbreviations) and expand them automatically into longer strings of characters (user-defined). Word prediction programs work off the initial letters of words as they are typed and present the user with a dynamic "menu" of the most commonly used words that begin with that letter. The user then selects the whole word from the menu, rather than typing each letter of the word separately. Keyboard Modification 7 PRODUCT: 1-KEY VENDOR: Regenesis Development Corporation 1046 Deep Cove Rd. North Vancouver, BC, V7G 1S3 Canada (604) 929-6663 ˙ 604/929-3316FAX PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: 1-Key is a program for persons with physical disabilities who can only press one key at a time or who have trouble pressing a key and releasing it before the key repeats. The repeat function can be suspended, and the SHIFT, CTRL and ALT keys can be temporarily locked. It's free by sending a blank disc to Regenesis. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: CLOSE-UP VENDOR: Norton-Lambert Corporation P.O. Box 4085 Santa Barbara, CA 93140 (805) 687-8896 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: With this program the user can run virtually any program on a distant PC and have full control of the other computer. Its use allows two˙computers in two˙locations˙to operate˙simultaneously. With the pop-up "chat" window, the two computer users may chat with each other while working with any application. Includes˙total error protection, remote work at twice the speed, remote printing, quick file transfer, graphics, built-in time and billing system, disabled customer keyboard feature˙and three ways of recording and playing back. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: CTRL, ALT AND SHIFT KEY ADAPTATION VENDOR: Loyola High School, Society of Jesus Loyola High School Towson, MD 21204 (301) 435-1833 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: CTRL, ALT and SHIFT Key Adaptation is a program for one-finger operation of keys which normally have to be pressed at the same time as another key. The program resides in memory and is in effect while the user runs standard software applications programs. Typing CONTROL, SHIFT or ALT will automatically affect the next keystroke (i.e., striking CONTROL and then "a" triggers CONTROL-A). Successive keystrokes are not affected. A CONTROL-ALT-DELETE combination (system re-boot) can also be executed sequentially. Certain programs have been tested and found compatible with this program, while others have been found incompatible. The program is not copy-protected, and the cost covers updates. __________________________________________________________________ 8 Technology for Persons with Mobility Impairments PRODUCT: DOS DIRECTOR VENDOR: Channelmark Corp. P.O. Box 7600 San Mateo, CA 94403 (800) 523-6982 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: DOS Director is a transparent interface to the operating system that allows single-key commands and shows a graphic representation of the disk's directory. The user can copy, erase, rename files, move, remove and change directories without typing a word. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: DREAMER VENDOR: T.S. Micro Tech Inc. 12565 Crenshaw Blvd. Hawthorne, CA 90250 (213) 644-0859 ˙ 213/644-0567FAX PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Dreamer is an intelligent, add-on function keyboard providing single-keystroke access to multiple-keystroke functions. In addition to special toggle keys for CTRL, ALT, SHIFT to turn the key ON or OFF, there is a numeric keypad and 30 other keys that are programmable or can be customized. The Dreamer is 7" x 10" and is used with the existing PC keyboard. There is no software involved, and the training is minimal. There are variations of the Dreamer. The Dreamer and the PC keyboard are daisy-chained. Programmable models in 50-key configurations are available. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: DVORAK KEYBOARD CONVERTER VENDOR: Typewriting Institute for the Handicapped 3102 W. Augusta Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85051 (602) 939-5344 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Dvorak Keyboard Converters are alternate computer keyboards that function like the standard keyboard but have the keys laid out in the Dvorak configuration, a system that reduces strain and increases efficiency for a person typing with only one hand. The Dvorak layout distributes the typing load more evenly for each finger on the one-hand typist's hand than does the standard layout. Right- and left-handed models are available. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: DVORAK KEYBOARD MODIFICATION PROGRAMS VENDOR: Dvorak P. O. Box 129 Brandon, VT 05733 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Dvorak carries many programs which allow the user to remap the computer keyboard to the Dvorak configuration. Programs for the IBM PC family include PC/Dvorak and a software typing tutorial called Dvorak QED Typing Made Easy. Keyboard overlays and one-handed Dvorak layouts are available. __________________________________________________________________ Keyboard Modification 9 PRODUCT: EXPANDED COMPUTER KEYBOARDS VENDOR: EKEG Electronics Co. Ltd. P.O. Box 46199, Station G Vancouver, BC V6R 4G5 CANADA (604) 273-4358 ˙ FAX604/273-1148 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Expanded Computer Keyboards are large panels of the standard computer keyboards that send the same output as the standard so that any program will run with the expanded keyboard. The keyboards measure 14x24x1" and have 1 1/2" square keys. Keyboards are flat so overlays may be added. The keyboards contain their own microprocessor to provide additional features such as adjustable delay to accept a key, adjustable delay before repeat, adjustable repeat rate and firmware latching on Caps lock, Shift, Control and Alt which normally have to be held down at the same time. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: FILCH 2.2 VENDOR: Kinetic Designs Inc. 14231 Anatevka Lane SE Olalla, WA 98359 (206) 857-7924 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Filch is a programmable keyboard filter program that offers multiple keyboard aid functions on a PC. In addition to the common multiple one finger typing modes, software keyguard functions and keyboard auto-repeat controls, Filch provides cognitive and ergonomic benefit. It comes with an interactive tutorial and manual, a full function text editor and helpful utilities, including a keyboarding capability assessment program. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: FLEXSHIELD KEYBOARD PROTECTORS VENDOR: Hooleon Corporation Page Springs Road P. O. Box 201 Cornville, AZ 86325 (602) 634-7515 ˙ 602/634-4620FAX PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: FlexShields are transparent keyboard protectors allowing instant recognition of keytop legends. They have a matte finish to reduce glare. The protector fits over the entire keyboard to prevent dust, spills, ashes or any foreign object from entering the key area. Can be used with keytop labels which fit over the keys or attach to the FlexShiels, allowing for customizing of the keyboard and changing programs. __________________________________________________________________ 10 Technology for Persons with Mobility Impairments PRODUCT: FOOTMOUSE VENDOR: Versatron Corp. 103 Plaza St. Healdsburg, CA 95488 (707) 433-8244 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Footmouse is a cursor control device operated by foot movement. The base of the Footmouse remains on the floor, and the cursor is moved by sliding the foot over the base in an up, down, left or right motion. Footmouse performs all the functions of the standard keyboard cursor keys, including auto-repeat if held down. Footmouse plugs in between the keyboard and the computer; it does not interfere with normal keyboard operations when in use. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: FREEDOM WRITER VENDOR: World Communications 245 Tonopah Dr. Fremont, CA 94539 (415) 656-0911 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Freedom Writer is a word processor designed for individuals with disabilities. The user does not have to type - the keyboard can be operated entirely with an "on screen keyboard" and pointing devices such as a mouse, light pen or joystick or a single key from the computer keyboard or single switch or speech input. All steps involved from writing, editing and printing are handled with minimum effort. The user enters complete words and phrases and has instant access to the most commonly used words. In addition to 12,000 fixed words, the user can store up to 5000 words and up to 200 phrases. The Freedom Writer may be used to write computer programs as well as documents. It has all the standard word processing features such as block move, block copy, underlining, heading and footing. Memory requirements are 192 K. A free demo disk is available. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: HANDIWARE VENDOR: Microsystems Software Inc. 600 Worchester Rd. - Suite B2 Framingham, MA 01701 (508) 626-8511 ˙ 508/626-8515FAX PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: HandiWARE is a family of tools to assist people with disabilities in using IBM PCs and PS/2s and compatibles. All PC keyboard functions can be controlled with as few as one key. HandiWARE consists of HandiKey, HandiSHIFT and HandiCODE - supporting several input devices which act as switches and morse code entry method. __________________________________________________________________ Keyboard Modification 11 PRODUCT: HELP U TYPE VENDOR: World Communications 245 Tonopah Dr. Fremont, CA 94539 (415) 656-0911 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Help U Type is for people who have difficulty using the computer keyboard, for those who hate repetitive commands, words and phrases and for the people who want to increase productivity and reduce spelling mistakes. It's for those who use one or two fingers, mouthsticks, headsticks or keyguards. Features include One Finger Operation, Word Prediction, Repeat Key Defeat, User defined dictionaries and Macros. Free demo disk is available. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: HELP U TYPE AND SPEAK VENDOR: World Communications 245 Tonopah Dr. Fremont, CA 94539 (415) 656-0911 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Help U Type and Speak is for persons who have difficulty using the computer keyboard and are non-speaking or speech impaired. Features include One Finger Operation, Repeat Key Defeat, Word Prediction, User Defined Dictionaries and Macros. The product provides complete keyboard control and the ability to speak sentences via Text to Speech Converter. A free demo disk is available. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: KEY TRONIC PLUG-COMPATIBLE KEYBOARDS VENDOR: KeyTronic P.O. Box 14687 Spokane, WA 99214 (800) 262-6006 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Key Tronic Plug-Compatible Keyboards function like their standard counterparts, but offer different layouts. Among the features offered are function keys along the top of the board (rather than on the left as on a standard PC keyboard), separate cursor and numeric keypads, different locations for some of the non-character keys and Dvorak layouts. Price differs between models of the keyboards. The KB 5150 has the same layout as a standard PC/XT, but with some different features, including the option for one-finger typing adaptation. The KB 5151 models have separate numeric and cursor keypads and can be changed to Dvorak configuration with a conversion kit. These keyboards are available for the IBM PC XT; some models have special handicapped versions. __________________________________________________________________ 12 Technology for Persons with Mobility Impairments PRODUCT: KEYBOARD COVERS VENDOR: Glen Weil Westland Estates 4139 Paramount Blvd.- S.P. 57 Pico Rivera, CA 90660 (213) 692-4939 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: These custom-made plastic keyboard covers come in half size for individuals who need a key cover for the return key or a full size cover designed by the user. The cover may also be designed to be used on a typewriter. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: KEYBOARD EXPANDER VENDOR: Regenesis Development Corporation 1046 Deep Cove Rd. North Vancouver, BC, V7G 1S3 Canada (604) 929-6663 ˙ 604/929-3316FAX PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: The Keyboard Expander software is an alternate access method to IBM PCs and compatibles. With the expander and an alternate keyboard, persons with physical disabilities can use most commercial software packages. It supports Unicorn, Mini and Narwhal alternate keyboards. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: KEYBOARD REST VENDOR: IBM Corporation Parts Order Center P. O. Box 9022 - Dept. E54 Boulder, CO 80301-9022 (303) 924-4100 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Keyboard rest (keyguard) for IBM Selectric typewriter models (keyboard rests are not available for electronic typewriters or PCs). The appropriate keyboard rest, based on Selectric model type, can be ordered by calling the IBM Parts Order Center in Boulder, CO. To find out the correct part number, call (303) 924-4015; to order the part number, call (303) 924-4100. NOTE: Paper Roll Holders, Tear-off Blades and Board Armrests are also available for IBM Selectric models. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: KEYBOARDING FOR THE PHYSICALLY HANDICAPPED VENDOR: Gregg/McGraw-Hill 13955 Manchester Rd. Manchester, MO 63011 (800) 722-4726 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Keyboarding for the Physically Handicapped is a touch-typing tutorial program for disabled individuals. The program provides the user with many options for combination of fingers on either or both hands to be used during typing. Each option contains a chart showing which fingers to use for the home-row keys and which to use to reach other keys. Separate speed tests and drill materials help the user to build keyboard typing skills. __________________________________________________________________ Keyboard Modification 13 PRODUCT: KEYBOARDING WITH ONE HAND VENDOR: Educational Electronic Techniques, LTD 1088 Wantagh Ave. Wantagh, NY 11793 (800) 433-8872 ˙ (516) 221-4173 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Keyboarding with One Hand instructs and drills efficient keyboarding for the one-hand user. The program allows full printout. After mastery of the first ten lessons, the basic elements of word processing are introduced. The user types, saves, recalls and prints with this program. The program consists of two disks, one containing instructional material, another containing a series of drills. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: KEYGUARD VENDOR: Prentke Romich Company 1022 Heyl Rd. Wooster, OH 44691 (800) 642-8255 ˙ (216) 262-1984 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: This keyguard for the IBM PC is made of dark brown plastic and has 0.6"-diameter holes for each key. The keyguard prevents the user from inadvertently pressing more than one key at a time. Software provides for single finger typing, eliminating the necessity of holding down two keys at once. Hook-and-loop type fasteners attach the keyguard. For information on custom keyguards for PC and PS/2, contact Prentke Romich. If a typewriter keyguard is ordered, the typewriter must be shipped custom fit. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: KEYGUARD VENDOR: ComputAbility Corporation 40000 Grand River - Suite 109 Novi, MI 48050 (313) 477-6720 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: This is a clear plastic keyguard which was designed for use on the IBM 101 enhanced keyboard and is attached with velcro. Included is a program for staydown of the SHIFT, ALT, and CTRL keys. Optional manual latchdown levers for these keys are also available. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: KEYGUARD VENDOR: TASH Inc. 70 Gibson Dr. - Unit 12 Markham, ON L3R 4C2 Canada (416) 475-2212 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: The TASH keyguard for computers is a metal shield with holes over the key positions which help prevent the unintentional activation of more than one key at a time. Velcro fasteners for mounting are included. __________________________________________________________________ 14 Technology for Persons with Mobility Impairments PRODUCT: KEYGUARDS VENDOR: COPH-2 2020 Irving Park Road Chicago, IL 60618 (312) 866-8195 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Keyguards are a low cost adaptation providing PC keyboard access to students who use headsticks, handsticks or single finger control. They permit sliding the hand or a stick across the keyboard without activating the keys. Keys are pressed by pushing finger or pointer stick through holes that are directly over each key. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: KEYSTOPPER KIT VENDOR: Hooleon Corporation Page Springs Road P. O. Box 201 Cornville, AZ 86325 (602) 634-7515 ˙ 602/634-4620FAX PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: This kit helps a user prevent data loss through accidental keystrokes. KeyStopper devices restrict the use of individual keys without damaging the keyboard. Each kit contains four each of "hard" and "soft" KeyStoppers: the hard key lockouts disable a key, the soft key lockouts partially immobilize a key, requiring more pressure to operate a key. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: KEYSWAP 4.0 VENDOR: Maverick Software Inc. P.O. Box 998 Melrose, MA 02176 (617) 662-0856 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Keyswap combines keyboard enhancement features with macro functions, including the ability to redefine keys and edit macros. The program enables a user to keep a library of macros, organizing them by function. The new version contains windowing capabilities, enabling users to switch between two different applications and to execute DOS commands from within an application. Also contains "cut and paste" capabilities so that users can capture information from their screen, save it in a macro and call it back from within another application. Keyboard macros can also be turned on and off with a hot key. The memory requirement is 42K. __________________________________________________________________ Keyboard Modification 15 PRODUCT: KEYUP VENDOR: Ability Systems Corporation 1422 Arnold Ave. Roslyn, PA 19001 (215) 657-4338 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: KeyUp is a "device driver" keyboard software program for physically impaired persons. It eliminates unwanted repeats by generating a character only when one key is released; it allows single finger shifts and turns repeats on and off; it runs transparent to DOS and other programs, occupying less than 3K of system memory. A fully functional demo is available. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: KEYWORKS VENDOR: Alpha Software Corp. 1 North Ave. Burlington, MA 01803 (617) 229-2924 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Keyworks is a memory-resident keyboard macro enhancer that allows the user to record a complex series of keystrokes within any application program and play the entire series back with one keystroke. Keyworks offers pop-up menus of available macros, full screen editing of macros while running another program and a DOS window. Macros can send control codes to the printer. In running a macro, a pause can define how the user enters data or gives commands directly to the application. Macros are saved as ordinary DOS text files that can be altered by any text editor. Keyworks 3.0 replaces 2.0 as Alpha Software's entry level product; highlights include: abbreviation expansion with quick bypass, a quick macro recording key, longer macro descriptions and comments and improved EGA and EMS support. Keyworks advanced version builds on the features in 3.0 by adding a powerful programming language allowing macros to read the screen and branch to other macros. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: LOC-DOTS VENDOR: ARTS Computer Products Inc. 145 Tremont St. - Suite 407 Boston, MA 02111 (617) 482-8248 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Loc-Dots are clear, adhesive-backed raised dots which affix to the keyboard to identify certain keys, e.g., the "home row" position, the shift or return keys to help those who can't see the keyboard. __________________________________________________________________ 16 Technology for Persons with Mobility Impairments PRODUCT: LOCATOR*DOTS VENDOR: Prodigy Products Company Attn: Loc-Dots 14152 Superior Ave. - Suite 4 Cleveland Heights, OH 44118 (216) 932-1413 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Adhesive-back raised dots that provide a reference point. They can be used on the "F" and "J" keys of typewriters and computers to help identify the home row. Also may be used on knobs, buttons, bottle caps, etc., to help provide identification. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: MACROMASTER VENDOR: A. J. Weiner Inc. 160 North Main St. Randolph, MA 02368 (800) 253-4727 ˙ (617) 963-9310 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: MacroMaster is a "robot typist" that remembers what you type at your keyboard. MacroMaster will automatically input 24 of your most frequently used software commands or other keyboard input to your PC - at the press of a button. MacroMaster eliminates repetitive typing of routine keyboard input. (Formerly called echoBOX) __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: MAGIC FINGERS VENDOR: Words Plus P.O. Box 1229 Lancaster, CA 93534 (805) 949-8331 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Magic Fingers is an abbreviation expansion software program that increases keyboard speed and accuracy and eliminates the need to type often-used words and phrases - allowing the user to define up to 500 abbreviations per disk or directory. Magic Fingers automatically replaces an abbreviation with its expanded form, e.g., "tyfyi" indicates "thank you for your interest." Abbreviations may be up to 8 characters long and can include letters, numbers and some symbols. This utility can be used in word processing, programming languages, forms entry, databases and other software in which the same terms are often typed repeatedly. Additional features include fast cursor for setting the keyboard repeat rate, extended keyboard buffer for typing ahead up to 300 characters, audible key click if desired, screen saver which blanks the screen after 1-9 minutes of no keyboard activity, privacy pop-up screen, system date and time and password lockout. __________________________________________________________________ Keyboard Modification 17 PRODUCT: MALTRON KEYBOARD VENDOR: PCD-Maltron Ltd. 219 Sycamore Rd., Farnborough Hampshire GU146RQ, England (0252) 546149 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: The Maltron keyboard, ergonomically designed to fit hands, is available for the IBM PC. The Maltron has keys where the fingers find them easily and with comfort. It includes a top row of function keys, a central number group and thumb keys for frequently used functions. Maltron also makes a single-handed keyboard. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: MOISTURE GUARD VENDOR: Words Plus P.O. Box 1229 Lancaster, CA 93534 (805) 949-8331 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Moisture Guard is a clear plastic cover for the keys of a computer. The cover allows keys to be pressed, but prevents liquids, dust and dirt from getting on or between the keys. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: MOUTHSTICKS VENDOR: Fred Sammons Inc. Box 32 Brookfield, IL 60513-0032 (800) 323-7305 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Four models all have a V-shaped mouthpiece that allows tongue movement. The Wand Mouthstick has a rubber tip for typing or page turning. Clamp-On Mouthstick holds a pencil, pen or brush. Auto Pencil Mouthstick allows the user to adjust pencil lead without hands. The Vertical Pincher Mouthstick has a tongue-controlled pincher at the end which can be used to insert paper into a typewriter. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: OCTIMA CHORD KEYBOARD VENDOR: TASH Inc. 70 Gibson Dr. - Unit 12 Markham, ON L3R 4C2 Canada (416) 475-2212 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Octima is a computer keyboard that is controlled by one hand; its system of chords (groups of keys) represent all the standard keys of the keyboard. The user presses a group of keys and the appropriate key is sent to the computer. A software tutorial and instruction manual are included. __________________________________________________________________ 18 Technology for Persons with Mobility Impairments PRODUCT: ONE FINGER VENDOR: Trace Center S-151 Waisman Center 1500 Highland Avenue Madison, WI 53705 (608) 262-6966 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: One Finger allows a finger-, headstick-, mouthstick-user to use standard software for the IBM PC, PC/XT and AT. The program remains resident in the computer. Although each model handles the keyboard a bit differently, the program is able to determine which is being used. The program allows for one finger use of the Shift, Control and Alt keys. Depressing and releasing one of these keys once makes it active for the next key. Depressing it twice locks that key until it is unlocked by depressing it again. One Finger also allows: manual turning on/off of the program, audible feedback on the status of the shift keys and when the program is manually turned on/off, user selectable delay time on the automatic repeat of the keys from 0.5 to 60 seconds and automatic turning off of the program. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: ONE FINGER KEYBOARD VENDOR: Independence Microsystems 1612 Walnut St. # 2N Berkeley, CA 94709 (415) 845-4424 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: One Finger Keyboard is a keyboard whose CTRL, ALT and Shift keys stay "down" electronically until the user presses the release key. Any number of keys may be pressed before the release key is pressed. A red light on the keyboard front panel comes on indicating when the CTRL, ALT or Shift keys are down. The keyboard works on all IBM XTs, ATs and the PS/2. No programming of keys is necessary, and it works with all software. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: OPTIMOUSE VENDOR: ISCAN Inc. 125 Cambridge Park Dr. P.O. Box 2076 Cambridge, MA 02238 (617) 868-5353 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: OPTIMOUSE is a remote cursor-control system allowing operators to control computer functions by pointing at the computer screen. It consists of a small two-dimensional video sensor, a lightweight hand-held pointer and the OPTIMOUSE electronics package interfacing to a computer in much the same way as a conventional light pen or digitizer tablet. The pointer contains a push button, allowing menu selection or other forms of data entry. It is designed for use in environments requiring intensive or tedious data entry or wherever it is inconvenient to use a mouse, digitizing tablet or light pen. Applications include CAD/CAM data entry and control systems for the disabled. __________________________________________________________________ Keyboard Modification 19 PRODUCT: PC-PEDAL VENDOR: Brown & Co. Inc. P.O. Box 2443 So. Hamilton, MA 01982 (508) 468-7464 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: PC-Pedal is a single foot-pedal switch that acts as any of several keys to permit one-hand computing. Two versions are available: Standard - to control the SHIFT, ALT, CONTROL keys; Enhanced - to control any key. The Standard version redefines the space bar as a backspace-delete key so the user does not need to move from the home position to perform this function. To choose which key the pedal emulates, the user presses the pedal with the desired special key. When the pedal is subsequently pressed, it acts as the defined key until redefined. Any simple switch may be substituted for the pedal. All setup software is included; PC-Pedal plugs into the standard parallel port of the computer. A printer may be plugged into the PC-Pedal plug, and the two will not interfere with each other. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: PECK VENDOR: Productivity Software International 1220 Broadway New York, NY 10001 (212) 967-8666 ˙ (800) 533-7587 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Peck allows the user to enter such common combined-keystroke commands as Ctrl-Alt-Del one key at a time. It enables users who cannot depress multiple keys simultaneously to operate programs that sometimes require those combination keystrokes. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: PRIMAL SCREEN VENDOR: Genest Technologies Inc. A Pursuit Subsidiary 1331 East Edinger Avenue Santa Ana, CA 92705 (800) 826-9641 ˙ (714) 547-0880 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Primal Screen is a macro system to substitute a simple keyboard template for the complicated commands of many major software programs. It supports most word processor and spreadsheet programs. __________________________________________________________________ 20 Technology for Persons with Mobility Impairments PRODUCT: PRODUCTIVITY PLUS (PRD+) VENDOR: Productivity Software International 1220 Broadway New York, NY 10001 (212) 967-8666 ˙ (800) 533-7587 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Productivity Plus is a memory-resident program that works with word processing programs (Wordstar, WordPerfect, etc.) to increase productivity. The user defines abbreviations for frequently used words and phrases, names and addresses, boilerplate text or programming language statements. As the user types, PRD+ replaces the abbreviations with the full text - up to 4,000 characters. There are twenty versions: the Legal Edition, other professional editions for such vertical markets as branches of the federal government, Wall Street and construction. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: QUICKEY VENDOR: Trace Center S-151 Waisman Center 1500 Highland Avenue Madison, WI 53705 (608) 262-6966 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: QuicKey is an abbreviation expansion program. The user types a short set of characters (the abbreviation) to produce a longer set (the expansion). The expansion appears to be the program the user is running - as if it had been typed on the keyboard. Abbreviations may be expanded manually by pressing a single key, or the program may customize the list of abbreviations and expansions. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: ROBOTIC WORKSTATION ATTENDANT VENDOR: Regenesis Development Corporation 1046 Deep Cove Rd. North Vancouver, BC, V7G 1S3 Canada (604) 929-6663 ˙ 604/929-3316FAX PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Persons with the most severe disabilities will be able to control many work and personal tasks independently with this robotic workstation attendant. It can retrieve files, manuals, turn pages and safely handle diskettes and telephone handsets. The robotic arm can be controlled with IBM PCs and compatibles. A variety of input control options are available, including voice, keyboard, expanded keyboard and single/dual switch morese code or row scanning. It weighs 18 pounds and can be easily moved from one workstation to another. __________________________________________________________________ Keyboard Modification 21 PRODUCT: SAFESKIN KEYBOARD PROTECTOR VENDOR: Merritt Computer Products 5565 Red Bird Center Dr. - Suite 150 Dallas, TX 75234 (214) 339-0753 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: SafeSkin Keyboard Protectors prevent damage from liquids and foreign matter. SafeSkin is molded to fit the exact contours of the keyboard and is virtually transparent, making keytops and any side markings clearly visible; it remains in place during keyboard use and is available for a wide variety of PCs and workstations, including the IBM PC XT and AT, the IBM 3270 and 3180, and the IBM 3278 and 3101. Custom covers are available. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: SCANPAC WITH REALVOICE VENDOR: Adaptive Communication Systems 354 Hookstown Grade Rd. Clinton, PA 15126 (412) 264-2288 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: ScanPAC with RealVoice is a portable, battery-powered communication aid with a human voice quality, diphone-based speech synthesizer in male or female voice. It can be mounted in a number of positions and attached to the front of the keyboard. ScanPAC can be accessed through scanning, joystick control, morse code and the Memkey Board. This software gives the ability to relocate letter, function and picture/symbol/phrase placement - rearranging the QWERTY keyboard. ScanPAC comes with an abbreviation expansion program allowing the user to store and recall messages with 1 to 5 letters, numbers, etc. Memory capacity is 27,000 characters. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: STICKEY VENDOR: Center for Computer Assistance to the Disabled (C-CAD) 617 Seventh Ave. Fort Worth, TX 76104 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: STICKEY is a program which addresses the problem of hitting multiple keys; the program turns these keys into locking keys allowing multiple-key functions to be performed sequentially - for example, the CTRL, ALT and DEL keys. __________________________________________________________________ 22 Technology for Persons with Mobility Impairments PRODUCT: SUPERKEY VENDOR: Borland International 1800 Green Hills Rd. Scotts Valley, CA 95066 (408) 438-8400 ˙ 408/438-0389FAX PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: SuperKey, a keyboard enhancement program, allows the user to store frequently-used commands and retrieve them with two keystrokes and to cut and paste text between applications programs and create single-page help screens for each set of macros created. The user may include fixed or variable-length pauses in macros. SuperKey turns off the screen if the keyboard is not touched for a user-specified time. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: THE BREAKTHRU BOX VENDOR: EKEG Electronics Co. Ltd. P.O. Box 46199, Station G Vancouver, BC V6R 4G5 CANADA (604) 273-4358 ˙ FAX604/273-1148 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: The Breakthru Box is a smart electronics box which plugs into the keyboard socket of the computer - thereby making the electronics from standalone keyboards available to membrane keyboard users. Suitable membrane keyboards (Unicorn, MemKey and Computability) may be plugged into the box; no additional hardware or software is required. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: TOTEBOARD VENDOR: Compute Able Network P.O. Box 1706 Portland, OR 97207 (503) 645-0009 ˙ FAX503/645-2049 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Toteboard is a wireless, portable and compact computer keyboard. It uses an infrared system to connect to the CPU and is compatible with all IBM PCs and PS/2s. It has a range of 30 feet and comes in a smaller version of 100 key layout on a vertical axis for persons with disabilities involving flexibility and one-handed typing. __________________________________________________________________ Keyboard Modification 23 PRODUCT: TOUCHDOWN KEYTOP/KEYFRONT KITS VENDOR: Hooleon Corporation Page Springs Road P. O. Box 201 Cornville, AZ 86325 (602) 634-7515 ˙ 602/634-4620FAX PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: These kits help modify or enlarge the alpha and numeric keys of a computer or typewriter. All keytops are cut to fit exactly and are imprinted on the underside to prevent wear. An adhesive keeps the label in place, while allowing its removal without damaging the keyboard. Custom keytop kits can be made to order or the following are available: Home row indicators, reconfiguration kits, emulation kits, word processing kits (for applications such as DisplayWrite, WordPerfect), Dvorak conversion kits, accounting/spreadsheet kits, foreign language kits and more. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: WORDS+ E Z KEYS VENDOR: Adaptive Communication Systems 354 Hookstown Grade Rd. Clinton, PA 15126 (412) 264-2288 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: E Z Keys is a RAM-resident program that helps keyboard users run standard software and can provide voice output at the same time. The program combines word prediction and abbreviation expansion strategies. Automatic spacing after punctuation is a feature. Keyboard controls include single finger (or headstick/mouthstick) entry, adjustable accept time, adjustable repeat rate and optional audible key click. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: WORDS+ E Z TALKER VENDOR: Adaptive Communication Systems 354 Hookstown Grade Rd. Clinton, PA 15126 (412) 264-2288 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: E Z Talker is a keyboard input augmentative communication system that combines word prediction, abbreviation expansion, full keyboard control and voice output. It contains a 2,000 word vocabulary and lets the user produce either speech or printed output. Instant Speech keys may be used to generate stored items. __________________________________________________________________ 24 Technology for Persons with Mobility Impairments PRODUCT: WORDS+ EQUALIZER VENDOR: Adaptive Communication Systems 354 Hookstown Grade Rd. Clinton, PA 15126 (412) 264-2288 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: The Equalizer is an integrated speech output and writing system that includes word processing, drawing, games and music capabilities. Communication is enhanced by large, stored vocabulary, rapid access to frequently-used words, word prediction and automated grammatical functions. It allows for fast communication speed for limited access users and can be used by single stroke, two switch, five switch/joystick or full keyboard users. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: WORDS+ KEYWIZ VENDOR: Adaptive Communication Systems 354 Hookstown Grade Rd. Clinton, PA 15126 (412) 264-2288 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: KeyWiz is a RAM-resident program that helps keyboard users run standard software in different ways: combining word processing, automatic word endings, word prediction, abbreviation expansion and full keyboard control with other standard software. It operates with one finger, headstick or mouthstick. __________________________________________________________________ Keyboard Modification 25 26 Technology for Persons with Mobility Impairments Alternate Input The keyboard is the primary means of input to an IBM PC for most people. For a disabled person, an alternate input method may be needed in order to access the computer. One option is a keyboard which is a different size from the standard keyboard. Generally, these ALTERNATE KEYBOARDS have a programmable membrane surface that allows the user to define the key assignments and the size of the key. Other ALTERNATE INPUT devices allow an individual to indicate a desired letter or position on a matrix or grid by pointing with a light pointer or touching the grid. Devices with scanning arrays allow an individual to make a selection when the desired letter, number or word is reached. Common forms for scanning arrays are menus on a computer screen, grids of squares with lights which light sequentially and dial faces (like clocks) with pointers which revolve to point to symbols. When using a scanning array, the user activates a switch to move through the choices to make a selection. In order to connect some alternate input devices to an IBM PC, a keyboard emulating interface may be required to allow the device and the computer to communicate. A keyboard emulating interface translates the signals from the alternate input device into signals resembling those from a standard keyboard. An additional alternate input system is Morse Code entry using single or dual switches. Keyboard emulators accommodating Morse Code input and training programs are available. PRODUCT: ABLE-2 PRODUCT FAMILY VENDOR: Automated Business & Services Inc. 6715 Kenilworth Ave. Riverdale, MD 20737-9960 (301) 454-8200 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: The ABLE-2 Product Family supports computer users with special needs in a systematic program in four parts: needs assessment, workstation family, focused training, life cycle support. Needs assessment focuses on vision-impaired/blind, hearing-impaired/deaf and neuromuscular impairment or para/quadriplegic. Computer users with visual impairments are provided with optical character readers, voice synthesizers, screen readers, tactile output displays and Braille devices. The workstation family may be configured with voice input, mouse, foot pedal, joystick and headpointer. __________________________________________________________________ Alternate Input 27 PRODUCT: ACCESS-ABILITY VENDOR: Dayspring Associates Inc. 2111 Foley Rd. Havre de Grave, MD 21078 (301) 939-5900 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: ACCESS-ABILITY is a software product that matches the needs and capabilities of persons with disabilities with adaptive aids, devices, equipment and job modification strategies. It contains information on hundreds of devices designed to overcome functional limitations. It provides a bridge to the workplace. It is available for the IBM PC. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: ACS MEDICOM COMPUTER SYSTEM VENDOR: ACS Telecom 25825 Eshelman Ave. Lomita, CA 90717 (213) 325-3055 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: ACS Medicom Computer System is a complete system for communication, environmental control and computer access based on two IBM PCs. The PCs are connected as a parallel system and allow access to all IBM PC software. Two input systems are provided: voice and switch/body movement. The voice input system allows the user to create vocabularies which the computer will recognize and accept. The switch/body movement output system allows the user to enter data with a single switch, multiple switches or a joystick. A voice output option reads the screen via a speech synthesizer. With the ACS Medicom Computer System, the user may run standard software, control various appliances with BSR X-10 control modules, dial and talk on the telephone or communicate via computer networks. The system may be used for wheelchair and robotics control. Expansion options are available. Cost varies depending on features. ACS conducts research in rehabilitation technology. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: AID+ME VENDOR: ComputAbility Corporation 40000 Grand River - Suite 109 Novi, MI 48050 (313) 477-6720 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: AID+ME is an access interface that helps the user to select a variety of entry methods/devices such as a membrane keyboard, switch, touch window, mouse or joystick. It is supported for the PC and PS/2 family of computers. Features include scanning setup, key redefinition, mouse emulation, voice output with on-board synthesizer. It enables the user to run a variety of applications including text programs, educational software and CAD applications. __________________________________________________________________ 28 Technology for Persons with Mobility Impairments PRODUCT: BLOORVIEW MINIATURE KEYBOARD VENDOR: Bloorview Childrens Hospital 25 Buchan Court - Resource Centre Willowdale, ON M2J4S9 Canada (416) 494-2222 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: The Bloorview Miniature Keyboard is a replacement keyboard which allows someone with limited strength or limited range of motion to access an IBM PC or PC XT. It uses a Sharp 1360 pocket computer which is available through Bloorview or may be purchased from an electronics distributor. The feature includes light activation force (less than 30 grams), local screen display of each key press, a small target area, tactile and auditory feedback and long battery life. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: CANON COMMUNICATOR M VENDOR: Canon U.S.A. Inc. One Canon Plaza Lake Success, NY 11042-9979 (516) 488-6700 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: The Canon Communicator M is a portable communication aid that offers 190 keyboard functions and printed tape output. The A, B, C, D and E keys may be used to store words or phrases of up to 19 characters each. Messages or phrases stored may be changed at any time by the user. The Canon Communicator M may be used as an alternate input to a computer with a serial interface. Output from the Canon Communicator M is to a thermal dot printer. Input is made via direct selection. Keyguards, wheelchair mounting, raincover, arm belts and other accessories are available for the Canon Communicator M. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: CINTEX VENDOR: NanoPac 4833 South Sheridan Rd. - suite 402 Tulsa, OK 74145-5718 (918) 252-2959 ˙ (918) 665-0329 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: CINTEX is a software product allowing computer input by an eyebrow switch, a sip-n-puff switch, joystick or other contact switches. It offers functions for word processing and word prediction, printing, appliance and environmental control, telephone support, games, music composition and calculator use. A speech output and voice input function can recognize repeated sounds. The word processor contains anticipatory arrays providing word prediction, reducing the time to form words and sentences. Its environmental controller operates up to 256 household devices. Telephone support includes automatic dialing, switch to speaker phone, touch or pulse dialing and easy touch-tone access. The word processor accepts and stores musical notes allowing the user to compose music. The system provides musical playback without additional hardware. Full keyboard support is provided for those using mouthsticks or head pointers. __________________________________________________________________ Alternate Input 29 PRODUCT: COMPUTER ENTRY TERMINAL (CET) VENDOR: Prentke Romich Company 1022 Heyl Rd. Wooster, OH 44691 (800) 642-8255 ˙ (216) 262-1984 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: The Computer Entry Terminal (CET) is an alternate computer entry system for people who do not have the physical capability to access a standard computer. Movement of the head, brow, finger or body part may be used to make selections on the 128-location pad. Two CETs are available - one with a larger memory capacity. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: DADACOM VENDOR: Designing Aids for Disabled Adults 344 Bloor St. W - Suite 403 Toronto, ON M5S-3A7 Canada (416) 975-9206 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Dadacom provides row-column scanning of a matrix on a screen with speech output to a speech synthesizer and/or printer. It works with PC AID, PC Serial AID or a keyboard space bar. It has customizable phraseboard matrices with up to 128 phrases in each of four overlays. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: DATAGLOVE MODEL 2 VENDOR: VPL Research Inc. 656 Blair Island Rd. - Suite 304 Redwood City, CA 94063 (415) 361-1710 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: VPL's DataGlove is a patented computer input device which converts hand gestures and positions into computer-readable form. It consists of the DataGlove and a desktop control unit. Sensors mounted on a lightweight lycra glove monitor flexion and extension of the fingers and the position and orientation of the hand. The microprocessor-based control unit acquires data from the DataGlove and transmits it to the host. DataGlove opens up new ways of interacting with computers in CAD/CAM applications, robotics and telemanipulation, simulation and animation. __________________________________________________________________ 30 Technology for Persons with Mobility Impairments PRODUCT: DREAMER VENDOR: T.S. Micro Tech Inc. 12565 Crenshaw Blvd. Hawthorne, CA 90250 (213) 644-0859 ˙ 213/644-0567FAX PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Dreamer is an intelligent, add-on function keyboard providing single-keystroke access to multiple-keystroke functions. In addition to special toggle keys for CTRL, ALT, SHIFT to turn the key ON or OFF, there is a numeric keypad and 30 other keys that are programmable or can be customized. The Dreamer is 7" x 10" and is used with the existing PC keyboard. There is no software involved, and the training is minimal. There are variations of the Dreamer. The Dreamer and the PC keyboard are daisy-chained. Programmable models in 50-key configurations are available. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: E Z COM VENDOR: Adaptive Communication Systems 354 Hookstown Grade Rd. Clinton, PA 15126 (412) 264-2288 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: E Z Com is a scanning and communication system designed for someone who needs widely-spaced characters in the scanning display or who can use auditory scanning with no display; it is for someone who has reasonably good spelling skills and requires single switch input. It is simple and limited - providing relatively slow communication. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: END-O-LINE-LITE VENDOR: Typewriting Institute for the Handicapped 3102 W. Augusta Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85051 (602) 939-5344 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: This product was designed for the hearing-impaired typist using a typewriter who finds it difficult to hear the bell indicating the end of the typing line. As the end of the line approaches, a light comes on at the same time as the typewriter bell and stays activated for 6 seconds. End-O-Line-Lite automatically adjusts to the right-hand margin setting. __________________________________________________________________ Alternate Input 31 PRODUCT: EYEGAZE COMPUTER SYSTEM VENDOR: LC Technologies Inc. 4415 Glenn Rose St. Fairfax, VA 22032 (800) 733-5284 ˙ (703) 425-7509 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: The Eyegaze Computer System is an eye-operated computer system that enables those with profound physical disabilities to communicate more effectively. The technology uses movement of the human eye to manipulate a personal computer system. The Eyegaze System becomes an eye-operated command and communication center through which users who have lost motor function can control their living and working environments more efficiently. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: EYETYPER MODEL 300 VENDOR: Sentient Systems Technology Inc. 5001 Baum Blvd. Pittsburgh, PA 15213 (412) 682-0144 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: EyeTyper Model 300 is an electronic keyboard and portable communication aid controlled by eye gaze. The device is placed 11" in front of the user's eyes for selecting letters, numbers or commands by gazing at the appropriate positions. Longer units may be typed using two-gaze combinations. Vocabulary may be programmed by the user with the eyes, from an external keyboard or by loading from disk. Text is displayed on a 40-character display and spoken by a built-in speech synthesizer. Overlays may be purchased or made. Options include a printer, an external display and an external keyboard for programming vocabulary. A built-in keyboard emulating interface is provided, permitting the EyeTyper to be used as an alternate computer keyboard or to run an environmental control system. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: EZSCAN VENDOR: Regenesis Development Corporation 1046 Deep Cove Rd. North Vancouver, BC, V7G 1S3 Canada (604) 929-6663 ˙ 604/929-3316FAX PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: ezScan is part of Regenesis Development Corp.'s Multi-Access Package (see separate listing) for physically disabled users. It allows disabled users to use most commercial software packages and features overlapping windows that help the user control the screen through single or dual switch operation. __________________________________________________________________ 32 Technology for Persons with Mobility Impairments PRODUCT: FREEBOARD COMPUTER ACCESS SYSTEM VENDOR: Pointer Systems Inc. One Mill Street Burlington, VT 05401 (800) 537-1562 ˙ (802) 658-3260 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Freeboard offers a range of computer access options for people whose disabilities make it difficult for them to type on a regular keyboard. As a keyboard replacement program, it enables people with disabilities type using a mouse, trackball, joystick or a simple switch in a scanning mode. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: FREEDOM WRITER VENDOR: World Communications 245 Tonopah Dr. Fremont, CA 94539 (415) 656-0911 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Freedom Writer is a word processor designed for individuals with disabilities. The user does not have to type - the keyboard can be operated entirely with an "on screen keyboard" and pointing devices such as a mouse, light pen or joystick or a single key from the computer keyboard or single switch or speech input. All steps involved from writing, editing and printing are handled with minimum effort. The user enters complete words and phrases and has instant access to the most commonly used words. In addition to 12,000 fixed words, the user can store up to 5000 words and up to 200 phrases. The Freedom Writer may be used to write computer programs as well as documents. It has all the standard word processing features such as block move, block copy, underlining, heading and footing. Memory requirements are 192 K. A free demo disk is available. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: FREEWHEEL HEAD POINTING SYSTEM VENDOR: Pointer Systems Inc. One Mill Street Burlington, VT 05401 (800) 537-1562 ˙ (802) 658-3260 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: The FreeWheel Head Pointing System provides computer access for people whose disabilities prevent them from using their hands on a regular keyboard. An optical pointer provides control of a special cursor, plus menu selection capability. The keyboard appears as a visual image, placed over the screen display. The system allows a person to move a cursor around a monitor screen by using head motion. The reflector may be placed where movement is best with the camera positioned accordingly. The optical camera has a standard input jack which makes it compatible with any stock input switch. The visual keyboard can be "dragged" to any position on the monitor and can disappear on command. A "common word" feature completes words to speed up data entry. FreeWheel can be used for environmental control purposes (lights and appliances) with the X-10 Powerhouse. Applications include word processing, spreadsheets, data communications, desktop publishing, CAD/CAM and programming. __________________________________________________________________ Alternate Input 33 PRODUCT: FULCRUM TRACKBALL PLUS VENDOR: Fulcrum Computer Products 459 Allan Court Healdsburg, CA 95448 (707) 433-0202 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: This is a cursor pointing device, designed for interfacing with an IBM computer and many CAD/CAE environments via a standard RS232 port. Pointing and cursor control can be achieved by the use of the fingertips to position the ball. It requires 4.62" by 5.37" of desk space. Six user switches are provided for additional flexibility with menu driven software such as CAD/CAM applications. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: HANDIWARE VENDOR: Microsystems Software Inc. 600 Worchester Rd. - Suite B2 Framingham, MA 01701 (508) 626-8511 ˙ 508/626-8515FAX PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: HandiWARE is a family of tools to assist people with disabilities in using IBM PCs and PS/2s and compatibles. All PC keyboard functions can be controlled with as few as one key. HandiWARE consists of HandiKey, HandiSHIFT and HandiCODE - supporting several input devices which act as switches and morse code entry method. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: IDEAPHONE VENDOR: IDEATECH Inc. 1806 T St. NW Washington, DC 20009 (800) 247-IDEA ˙ (202) 667-4559 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: IDEAPHONE is a programmable telephone installed inside a personal computer. It consists of a microprocessor board, a software diskette and a headset. The PC continues to function as a computer, enabling the user to enter or retrieve information while talking on the system. It's unique in allowing for single keystroke operation of the telephone for both incoming and outgoing calls. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: INTEX TALKER II VENDOR: Intex Micro Systems Corporation P.O. Box 12310 Birmingham, MI 48012 (313) 540-7601 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: This portable speech output communication aid has internal batteries and an 80 character display; special HELP key accesses built-in tutorial. Examples are spoken; unlimited vocabulary text-to-speech mode pronounces any keyboard entry. Single keystroke operation on command with up to 40 programmable levels (or pages) available. Symbolic overlay kit with different sized target areas and keyguard available. __________________________________________________________________ 34 Technology for Persons with Mobility Impairments PRODUCT: KEY TRONIC TOUCH PAD KEYBOARD VENDOR: KeyTronic P.O. Box 14687 Spokane, WA 99214 (800) 262-6006 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: This keyboard integrates a regular full-function keyboard, a numeric keypad with a cursor key capability and a touch pad into one unit. Touch pad allows for four modes of operation: cursor key, mouse, graphic and a function key. In the cursor key mode, motion of the stylus or finger is converted into cursor key codes. The mouse mode converts the same motion into movement or position change messages. In the graphic mode, the point of touch is digitized and transmitted to the host, while the function key mode divides the surface of the touch pad into separate function key areas. A string of characters selected by the user is associated with each function key. Touching the function area sends the words or phrase directly to the computer as if keystroked. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: KEYBOARD EXPANDER VENDOR: Regenesis Development Corporation 1046 Deep Cove Rd. North Vancouver, BC, V7G 1S3 Canada (604) 929-6663 ˙ 604/929-3316FAX PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: The Keyboard Expander software is an alternate access method to IBM PCs and compatibles. With the expander and an alternate keyboard, persons with physical disabilities can use most commercial software packages. It supports Unicorn, Mini and Narwhal alternate keyboards. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: KEYBOARD INTERFACES VENDOR: Prentke Romich Company 1022 Heyl Rd. Wooster, OH 44691 (800) 642-8255 ˙ (216) 262-1984 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Keyboard Interfaces are adaptive devices that accept ASCII characters from alternate input devices, such as an electronic communication aid, and translate them into signals that a computer interprets as keystrokes from a standard keyboard. The standard keyboard remains active while the interface is connected. For information on the compatibility of a particular input device, contact Prentke Romich. __________________________________________________________________ Alternate Input 35 PRODUCT: KEYPORT 300 AND 60 VENDOR: Polytel Computer Products Corporation 1250 Oakmead Parkway - Suite 310 Sunnyvale, CA 94086 (800) 245-6655 ˙ (408) 730-1347 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: The Keyport 300 is a touchpad input device for the PC that provides 300 programmable keys arranged in 20 rows of 15 columns. Each key is 1/2" square. It supplements or replaces the standard keyboard. Interchangeable overlays identify the function of each programmed key. By recognizing the illustrated function of a Keyport key, a user has instant, one-touch access to a program's command sequence or series of keystrokes without knowing or recalling the keystroke sequence or navigating through menus. Reducing keystrokes allows the user to work faster. It may be used as an enlarged keyboard for users with visual impairments. The Keyports may be used for word processing, spreadsheets, database applications, language translations, desktop publishing and as a computer-aided design tool. The Keyport 60 is the same as the Keyport 300 except it is arranged in three rows of 20 keys and fits along the top of the standard keyboard. Either keyport may be used with the PS/2 25 and 30 models as well as the PC family. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: KEYUP VENDOR: Ability Systems Corporation 1422 Arnold Ave. Roslyn, PA 19001 (215) 657-4338 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: KeyUp is a "device driver" keyboard software program for physically impaired persons. It eliminates unwanted repeats by generating a character only when one key is released; it allows single finger shifts and turns repeats on and off; it runs transparent to DOS and other programs, occupying less than 3K of system memory. A fully functional demo is available. __________________________________________________________________ 36 Technology for Persons with Mobility Impairments PRODUCT: KOALAPAD PLUS VENDOR: Koala Technologies 70 N. Second St. San Jose, CA 95113 (408) 287-6311 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: A touch sensitive graphics tablet, Koala is a device for art, academic work or recreational purposes. It is for persons of all ages who have limited dexterity; it is a good introductory device for students with short attention spans or for those who have difficulty relating keyboard input to display output. There is a 4" x 4" active drawing surface. Koala Pad uses a PC Design program diskette (included) and requires a game control adapter card. It is best used with a color monitor. Additional software includes Micro Illustrator (electronic video sketchpad), Illustrator (draws 3-dimensional visuals), Dancing Bear (motion & sound commands) and Spider Eater (musical note recognition, meter & composition). Koala comes with Dr. Halo, a freehand paint/draw software program. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: LIAISON VENDOR: DU-IT Control Systems Group Inc. 8765 Township Rd. Shreve, OH 44676-9421 (216) 567-2906 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: LIAISON is a spinal-cord-injured independent computer work-station for high-level spinal-cord-injured quadriplegic children and adults. Using a DU-IT wheelchair system and a LIAISON, the user can, without assistance, approach the computer and via infrared remote turn it on; run any program and enter data; graphically position as with a mouse, tablet or joystick; concurrently use the telephone; and operate other peripheral accessories. It also operates with Environment Control Functions and may be operated as a stand-alone accessory. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: LIGHT TALKER VENDOR: Prentke Romich Company 1022 Heyl Rd. Wooster, OH 44691 (800) 642-8255 ˙ (216) 262-1984 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Light Talker is an electronic communication aid with synthesized speech output and optional printer or keyboard emulating output. Selection can be direct with an optical head pointer or by scanning with switches (extra). Automatic scanning (single switch), row-and-column scanning (dual switch), directed scanning (multiple switches) and Morse Code (two or three switches) are all possible. The Light Talker can be used with Minspeak firmware to allow vocabulary to be stored by abbreviation expansion or semantic compaction. Light Talker can also operate an environmental control system. Options include an external printer, a keyboard emulating interface that works with kits for converting the keyboard to 8 or 32 positions, rather than the usual 128. __________________________________________________________________ Alternate Input 37 PRODUCT: LITE TOUCH VENDOR: Lovejoy Electronics 35 Garrison Street Portland, ME 04102 (207) 774-9421 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Lite Touch, a light-activated joystick emulator, has four sensors that attach to each side of the computer screen. Up to four more sensors may be placed at the corners. An optical pointer, attached to the head or body, is directed at the first four sensors to emulate the four directions of movement of a joystick. The additional sensors act as the "fire" button. The sensors plug into an external receiving unit which plugs into the computer's joystick (or game) input port. Lite Touch runs any program, game, etc. that uses a switch-type joystick. Lenses of different focal lengths are available for the printer. A word processing program that uses joystick input, Joywriter from Green Software, is available. The four sensors have mini-plugs attached; two may be used as dual switch input with PC AID available from DADA. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: LONG RANGE OPTICAL POINTER VENDOR: Words Plus P.O. Box 1229 Lancaster, CA 93534 (805) 949-8331 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Long Range Optical Pointer is a hardware and software package that allows keyboard input using only head movement. The program creates a graphic image of the computer keyboard on a second monitor. The user wears a headset with an optical sensor device built-in. By directing the sensor toward the screen, the user moves a dot around the keyboard image. Holding the dot on a particular "key" for a certain (adjustable) period of time sends that character to the computer just as if it were standard keyboard input. Activating a SHIFT, ALT or CONTROL key once holds that key for the next character only; activating twice in a row latches that key on until it is released by being activated again. The optical sensor may also be attached to another part of the body if desired. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: MAGIC WAND KEYBOARD VENDOR: In Touch Systems 11 Westview Road Spring Valley, NY 10977 (914) 354-7431 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: This is a miniature computer keyboard designed for mouthstick users and one-handed typists. It works with the slightest touch of a wand. It is a full-function keyboard, with the complete set of IBM keys and a standard IBM keyboard layout. Twelve special keys have been added for easier word processing, including six programmable keys. __________________________________________________________________ 38 Technology for Persons with Mobility Impairments PRODUCT: MALTRON KEYBOARD VENDOR: PCD-Maltron Ltd. 219 Sycamore Rd., Farnborough Hampshire GU146RQ, England (0252) 546149 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: The Maltron keyboard, ergonomically designed to fit hands, is available for the IBM PC. The Maltron has keys where the fingers find them easily and with comfort. It includes a top row of function keys, a central number group and thumb keys for frequently used functions. Maltron also makes a single-handed keyboard. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: MEMBRANE KEYBOARD II VENDOR: ComputAbility Corporation 40000 Grand River - Suite 109 Novi, MI 48050 (313) 477-6720 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: This 128-key mid-size keyboard is programmable and requires a maximum of 300 grams of operating force to activate the keys. AID+ME interface is needed. It measures 13.25" x 7.25". __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: MIND MASTER VENDOR: Behavioral Engineering 230 Mount Hermon Rd. Scotts Valley, CA 95066 (408) 438-5649 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Mind Master is an alternate game paddle input device that measures small changes in the electrical conductivity of the user's skin and translates the fluctuation into a signal. No movement is required by the user; the program is controlled by the user's skin responses to brain activity, similar to a lie detector machine. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: MINI KEYBOARD VENDOR: ComputAbility Corporation 40000 Grand River - Suite 109 Novi, MI 48050 (313) 477-6720 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: This programmable miniature keyboard requires a small range of motion to access entire keyboard area - a force of only 100 grams is needed to activate the keys. This small board measures 7«" x 4«" x «" and is compatible with all software programs through the correct interface card. AID+Me interface is recommended. __________________________________________________________________ Alternate Input 39 PRODUCT: MORSE CODE DRILLS VENDOR: Personally Developed Software P.O. Box 3266 Wallingford, CT 06492 (800) 426-7279 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Morse Code Drills is a drill and practice program that teaches the dot and dash patterns for each letter of Morse Code. The program presents Morse Code patterns both visually and auditorally, with variable pitch and speed. Users can pause at any time in the program by pressing a designated key. The program operates on IBM computers and requires DOS 1.0 or higher. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: MORSEK VENDOR: Kinetic Designs Inc. 14231 Anatevka Lane SE Olalla, WA 98359 (206) 857-7924 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: MorseK is a Morse code keyboard emulator program allowing all keyboard keys to be entered via Morse code using any input device connected to any I/O port including the standard keyboard. Some of the features included are: one, two and three-switch modes with user definable delays and switch assignments, user definable audible and visual indicators, a built-in code editor with automatic error detection and a coding scheme using 11 codes for over 60 keys and functions. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: MOUSE VENDOR: Mouse Systems 47505 Seabridge Dr. Fremont, CA 94538 (415) 656-1117 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: A hand-held input device that moves the cursor on the PC screen, the Mouse moves on its pad placed on a flat surface. It can be used in place of a keyboard and serves as a pencil or paint brush with compatible graphics software such as PC Paint. It produces fine to broad lines, and the "brush" can take on 32 different shapes and sizes. Features include pop-up menus and single keystroke commands. There is ready-to-install software for packages like Lotus 1-2-3 and PFS: Write. A RS-232 serial port is required. __________________________________________________________________ 40 Technology for Persons with Mobility Impairments PRODUCT: MOUSE-TRAK VENDOR: Itac Systems Inc. 3121 Benton Drive Garland, TX 75042 (800) 533-4822 ˙ (214) 494-3073 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Mouse-trak is a trackball that emulates a mouse. A user's wrist rests on a cushioned pad while the fingers activate the two or three programmable buttons and rotate a 2-inch polished trackball. The trackball movement controls the cursor, and its movement sensitivity is adjustable. The input buttons functions are user-definable to support various software packages and different user preferences. Models range from Quadrature output, Serial, BUS and the PS/2 mouse port interface. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: MULTI-ACCESS PACKAGE VENDOR: Regenesis Development Corporation 1046 Deep Cove Rd. North Vancouver, BC, V7G 1S3 Canada (604) 929-6663 ˙ 604/929-3316FAX PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: The Multi-Access Package, a complete access package for severely physically disabled individuals, includes: ezMorse, ezScan and Keyboard Expander. Each product may be purchased separately. EzMorse is a Morse Code keyboard emulator that uses basic military codes, with mnemonic codes for other keyboard keys. Features include on-screen help, single/double switch or joystick access and tutorial on disk, cable for serial, parallel or game port. ezScan features overlapping windows so the user has complete control through single or dual switch operation. The Keyboard Expander allows for an expanded keyboard as an alternate access to the IBM PC. All 128 keys are redefinable and the repeat rate and hold down rate are controlled by the user. All 3 adaptive devices work with most IBM programs. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: NEUROLINK VENDOR: Cybernetics 3120 Odd Fellows Rd. Lynchburg, VA 24506 (804) 847-2010 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Neurolink is an input/output access system for severely mobility-handicapped persons that translates very low neurological signals into a form the computer can interpret. The system's only requirement is that the user have voluntary control of some neuromuscular system, no matter how small. Neurolink for the IBM PC consists of a three electrode EMG, an infra-red transmitter and an infra-red receiver which connects to an information card in the computer. Neurolink simulates keyboard entry by inputting characters from a scanning array which appears on the monitor. A Morse Code program also provides a facility for faster inputting than using the character selection method. __________________________________________________________________ Alternate Input 41 PRODUCT: OPTIMOUSE VENDOR: ISCAN Inc. 125 Cambridge Park Dr. P.O. Box 2076 Cambridge, MA 02238 (617) 868-5353 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: OPTIMOUSE is a remote cursor-control system allowing operators to control computer functions by pointing at the computer screen. It consists of a small two-dimensional video sensor, a lightweight hand-held pointer and the OPTIMOUSE electronics package interfacing to a computer in much the same way as a conventional light pen or digitizer tablet. The pointer contains a push button, allowing menu selection or other forms of data entry. It is designed for use in environments requiring intensive or tedious data entry or wherever it is inconvenient to use a mouse, digitizing tablet or light pen. Applications include CAD/CAM data entry and control systems for the disabled. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: PC AID/PC SERIAL AID VENDOR: Don Johnston Developmental Equipment Inc. P.O. Box 639 1000 N. Rand Rd. - Bldg. 115 Wauconda, IL 60084 (312) 526-2682 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: PC AID is a device that allows various alternative methods of input to be used with the IBM PC and PS/2. The techniques that can be used include scanning, single/dual switch Morse code and assisted keyboard operation. PC AID provides customized scanning arrays, online help screens and allows redefinition of Morse Code and redefinition of keys on the keyboard, including one-finger use of keyboard. PC AID plugs into the computer's parallel port; a similar aid for use with the serial port is the PC Serial AID. PC AID will run transparently with most software. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: PC KING KEYBOARD VENDOR: TASH Inc. 70 Gibson Dr. - Unit 12 Markham, ON L3R 4C2 Canada (416) 475-2212 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Separated and enlarged keys are slightly recessed allowing user to stabilize limb on keyboard without activating keys. Microswitch keys click when activated providing feedback to user. Keys require 200 gms force to operate. Keyboard automatically recognizes IBM PC, XT or AT and can be operated simultaneously with the standard keyboard. __________________________________________________________________ 42 Technology for Persons with Mobility Impairments PRODUCT: PC MINI KEYBOARD VENDOR: TASH Inc. 70 Gibson Dr. - Unit 12 Markham, ON L3R 4C2 Canada (416) 475-2212 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: The PC Mini Keyboard is a small size keyboard with closely spaced membrane keys. Very little force is required to activate keys (100gm). Keys can be activated with mouthstick, pointer, finger, etc. The keyboard plugs into the keyboard port of an IBM PC, XT or AT and does not need any special hardware or software to set up. The size is 7.5" x 4.5" x .5". The user may set key response time from 0 to 2 seconds. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: PC MORSE CODE VENDOR: Personally Developed Software P.O. Box 3266 Wallingford, CT 06492 (800) 426-7279 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: PC Morse Code is a training program specially designed to teach Morse code. The program breaks down the alphabet, numbers and special symbols into small groups. These groups can be learned interactively with the computer and practiced individually, at variable transmission speed from 5 to 60 words per minute. Online dictionary contains more than 6,000 words and Morse code translations. Morse code units and special symbols are presented auditorily as well as on the keyboard. The program requires DOS 2.0 or higher. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: PC-TRAC VENDOR: MicroSpeed Inc. 44000 Old Warm Springs Blvd. Fremont, CA 94538 (415) 490-1403 ˙ FAX415/490-1665 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: An alternative to the Mouse, PC-TRAC lets the user control data input and access three buttons without lifting the hand. It requires a space less than 4 1/4" wide. A MAP device driver monitors the rate at which the cursor is moved and adjusts the response from 50-1000 pulse per inch. __________________________________________________________________ Alternate Input 43 PRODUCT: POWERPAD VENDOR: Dunamis Inc. 3620 Highway 317 Suwanee, GA 30174 (800) 828-2443 ˙ (404) 932-0486 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: PowerPad is a flexible alternate computer input consisting of a grid of 14,400 microswitches covered with a 12" x 12" plastic pad. Depending upon the program used, the surface of the PowerPad can be divided up many ways yielding different sized activation areas. Overlays may then be custom designed to indicate what each key on the PowerPad signifies in that program's configuration. PowerPad connects through the parallel or serial port. Many programs have been developed for the PowerPad for augmentative communication or for rehabilitation training and education. Authoring programs are included for creating one's own program for the PowerPad. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: PROPORTIONAL KEYSTROKE SCANNER VENDOR: Ability Systems Corporation 1422 Arnold Ave. Roslyn, PA 19001 (215) 657-4338 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: This scanner is for persons with severe spinal cord injuries, but it may be modified to accomodate other disabilities. Alternate input device uses ordinary COM port on IBM PCs and PS/2s. Proportional scanning technique allows rapid key entry. Supports all standard key strokes including function and multiple depressions. Sip and Puff or optional joystick control. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: PUFFIN MORSE CODE ENTRY SYSTEM VENDOR: Regenesis Development Corporation 1046 Deep Cove Rd. North Vancouver, BC, V7G 1S3 Canada (604) 929-6663 ˙ 604/929-3316FAX PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Puffin Morse Code Entry System is an easy set of Morse Code that allows the user to emulate all the IBM keys. A user adjustable input rate of 1 to 40 words per minute is possible. An online manual, pop-up help screen and auto reconfiguration are provided. The system requires an IBM PC with 256K of memory, a game port and two switches. The program is available for the cost of the disk; a donation for handling is encouraged. __________________________________________________________________ 44 Technology for Persons with Mobility Impairments PRODUCT: RDS SPEECH AND LEARNING CENTER SYSTEM VENDOR: Royal Data Systems Rt. 14 Box 230 Highway 64 West Morganton, NC 28655 (704) 433-5909 ˙ (800) 843-9750 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: The RDS Speech and Learning Center System uses a speech synthesis system, an alternate input device and a software program to create a system which can be customized for a variety of uses. An external hardware device produces human-like machine speech to verbalize both input and output. A touch-sensitive keypad allows separate programmable keys to be defined by a simple keystroke for data input. Stock and custom adaptive applications are provided to configure the system for personal communication needs or for teaching literacy skills. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: ROBOTIC WORKSTATION ATTENDANT VENDOR: Regenesis Development Corporation 1046 Deep Cove Rd. North Vancouver, BC, V7G 1S3 Canada (604) 929-6663 ˙ 604/929-3316FAX PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Persons with the most severe disabilities will be able to control many work and personal tasks independently with this robotic workstation attendant. It can retrieve files, manuals, turn pages and safely handle diskettes and telephone handsets. The robotic arm can be controlled with IBM PCs and compatibles. A variety of input control options are available, including voice, keyboard, expanded keyboard and single/dual switch morese code or row scanning. It weighs 18 pounds and can be easily moved from one workstation to another. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: SCANPAC WITH REALVOICE VENDOR: Adaptive Communication Systems 354 Hookstown Grade Rd. Clinton, PA 15126 (412) 264-2288 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: ScanPAC with RealVoice is a portable, battery-powered communication aid with a human voice quality, diphone-based speech synthesizer in male or female voice. It can be mounted in a number of positions and attached to the front of the keyboard. ScanPAC can be accessed through scanning, joystick control, morse code and the Memkey Board. This software gives the ability to relocate letter, function and picture/symbol/phrase placement - rearranging the QWERTY keyboard. ScanPAC comes with an abbreviation expansion program allowing the user to store and recall messages with 1 to 5 letters, numbers, etc. Memory capacity is 27,000 characters. __________________________________________________________________ Alternate Input 45 PRODUCT: STICKEY VENDOR: Center for Computer Assistance to the Disabled (C-CAD) 617 Seventh Ave. Fort Worth, TX 76104 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: STICKEY is a program which addresses the problem of hitting multiple keys; the program turns these keys into locking keys allowing multiple-key functions to be performed sequentially - for example, the CTRL, ALT and DEL keys. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: TOTEBOARD VENDOR: Compute Able Network P.O. Box 1706 Portland, OR 97207 (503) 645-0009 ˙ FAX503/645-2049 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Toteboard is a wireless, portable and compact computer keyboard. It uses an infrared system to connect to the CPU and is compatible with all IBM PCs and PS/2s. It has a range of 30 feet and comes in a smaller version of 100 key layout on a vertical axis for persons with disabilities involving flexibility and one-handed typing. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: TOUCH MONITOR VENDOR: MicroTouch 10 State St. Woburn, MA 01801 (617) 935-0080 ˙ 617/935-0133FAX PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: MicroTouch makes several touch monitors; all support CGA, EGA and VGA graphics and can display 256 colors. Some have a tilt and swivel option. A software driver enables most software to be used with a MicroTouch Capacitive Screen. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: TOUCH PAD VENDOR: KeyTronic P.O. Box 14687 Spokane, WA 99214 (800) 262-6006 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Touch Pad is a keytronic keyboard. Programmable cursor mouse, graphic, barcode and Dvorak are optional. __________________________________________________________________ 46 Technology for Persons with Mobility Impairments PRODUCT: TOUCH SYSTEM VENDOR: Carroll Touch Inc. P.O. Box 1309 Round Rock, TX 78680 (512) 244-3500 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Touch System is an overlay system providing IBM PS/2 Model 8513 color monitors with touch input capabilities. Designed for menu-driven applications such as business graphics or for customized turn-key packages, the system uses analog resistive technology, which utilizes a metallic-coated glass base layer and a flexible metallic-coated top overlay sensor. Each unit includes a cable and controller. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: TOUCH WINDOW VENDOR: Edmark Corporation P.O. Box 3903 Bellevue, WA 98009 (800) 426-0856 ˙ (206) 746-3900 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Touch Window is a transparent plastic screen that fits over a computer monitor. When Touch Window is used with the right software, touching the screen with finger or stylus generates input to the computer. Selection of commands, composition of graphics and other functions can be performed. Pressure activates only the pixel at the center of the area touched. Touch Window can be removed from the monitor and used like a graphics tablet. Software includes programs for word processing, spread sheets, management information systems, recreation, education and writing customized programs. Software is also available from other companies. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: TOUCHWARE PC TRANSLATOR VENDOR: Newex Inc. 695 DeLong Ave. Novato, CA 94947 (415) 892-1573 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Touchware PC TRANSLATOR is a mini-console incorporating a touch-sensitive LCD screen. By touching choices on the screen, the user instantly sends information to the PC. Sub-menus provides thousands of additional pre-programmed choices for touch. Customizer software is available to facilitate creating menus. __________________________________________________________________ Alternate Input 47 PRODUCT: TRINE SYSTEM VENDOR: Adaptive Communication Systems 354 Hookstown Grade Rd. Clinton, PA 15126 (412) 264-2288 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: The ACS Trine System is a three-function communication aid, serving as a portable electronic notebook, a communication aid with printed or synthesized voice output and an alternate input to a general purpose computer. The function can be changed with a single keystroke. The system is based on the Epson HX-20 PC and is equipped with a standard keyboard, an 80-character LCD display, a built-in strip printer, an optional speech synthesizer and the Trine software and documentation. Text can be composed in six word spaces, each holding up to 55 20-character lines and retaining their memory when the power is off. Text can be reviewed on the display and can be spoken (optional), printed or stored on microcassette. Programs for abbreviation expansion (QuicKey) and single-finger operation are provided. The keyboard emulating interface complies with the industry standard for KEIs. RealVoice is not available. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: TURBOSELECT VENDOR: Venture Technologies Inc. 304 - 134 Abbott Street Vancouver, V6B2K4 Canada (800) 663-8931 ˙ (604) 684-9803 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: TurboSelect is a keyboard and mouse emulator for people with physical disabilities. TurboSelect replaces the standard input devices (keyboard and mouse) to provide access to a computer. Familiar input techniques including Morse Code, Scanning and Direct Select may be used simulaneously in any of the above techniques to optimize the abilities of the user. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: TWINKLE VENDOR: ICOM Design, Ltd. Long Leys Rd. Lincoln, LN1 1EH England ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Twinkle is an eye switch device which can detect eye movement in two directions and generate one or two switch closures as output. These can be fed to a PC running special software to interpret the switch closures as keystrokes (WORDS+ produces the software). The switch detects movement of a charge that develops across a portion of the eyeball. Software allows use of Twinkle as a communication aid and as a keyboard emulator. __________________________________________________________________ 48 Technology for Persons with Mobility Impairments PRODUCT: UNICORN EXPANDED KEYBOARD VENDOR: Unicorn Engineering Inc. 5221 Central Ave. - Suite 205 Richmond, CA 94804 (415) 528-0670 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: The Unicorn Expanded Keyboard is a user-friendly alternative keyboard with large keys. It operates virtually all software. With a speech synthesizer, each key can output a spoken message. It contains 128 user-definable keys, each 1.25 inch square. Individual keys can be grouped together to form larger squares. The touch-sensitive area of the keyboard measures ten inches by twenty inches. Customizing is accomplished by using interchangeable overlay sheets which slide beneath the clear plastic cover on the Unicorn. Blank overlays are provided which can be labeled using magic markers, pictures, stickers, etc. Interface required. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: WIRELESS DATA TRANSMISSION SYSTEM VENDOR: Prentke Romich Company 1022 Heyl Rd. Wooster, OH 44691 (800) 642-8255 ˙ (216) 262-1984 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Wireless Data Transmission System, a portable transmitter and stationary receiver, transmits ASCII output from a PC or communication aid to a stationary computer or environmental control system. The small portable transmitter connects to the portable input device (computer or communication aid) and transmits output via radio waves to a stationary transmitter connected to the computer or environmental control system. The transmitter unit receives power from the portable input device, and the receiver gets power from the host stationary device. An alternative power source may be required for the transmitter. Various portable input devices and stationary computers or environmental controls work with the system. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: WORDS+ E Z KEYS VENDOR: Adaptive Communication Systems 354 Hookstown Grade Rd. Clinton, PA 15126 (412) 264-2288 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: E Z Keys is a RAM-resident program that helps keyboard users run standard software and can provide voice output at the same time. The program combines word prediction and abbreviation expansion strategies. Automatic spacing after punctuation is a feature. Keyboard controls include single finger (or headstick/mouthstick) entry, adjustable accept time, adjustable repeat rate and optional audible key click. __________________________________________________________________ Alternate Input 49 PRODUCT: WORDS+ E Z TALKER VENDOR: Adaptive Communication Systems 354 Hookstown Grade Rd. Clinton, PA 15126 (412) 264-2288 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: E Z Talker is a keyboard input augmentative communication system that combines word prediction, abbreviation expansion, full keyboard control and voice output. It contains a 2,000 word vocabulary and lets the user produce either speech or printed output. Instant Speech keys may be used to generate stored items. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: WORDS+ MULTISCAN AND ROTOSCAN VENDOR: Adaptive Communication Systems 354 Hookstown Grade Rd. Clinton, PA 15126 (412) 264-2288 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Multiscan and Rotoscan are two software programs for PCs that can be used as augmentative communication systems or tools for teaching and assessing scanning skills. Both incorporate menu-driven technology and use SmoothTalker software voice synthesizer or any serial port voice, including Real Voice. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: WORDS+ SOFTWARE KEYBOARD EMULATOR (WSKE) - MORSE CODE VENDOR: Adaptive Communication Systems 354 Hookstown Grade Rd. Clinton, PA 15126 (412) 264-2288 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: WSKE is a hardware and software system that allows Morse code to serve as keyboard input. The user enters Morse code on one or two switches connected to the emulator, and the emulator sends the characters to the computer as if they were characters entered on a standard keyboard. A standard keyboard can be in operation with the Emulator. WSKE lets the user switch to a talking mode in the middle of programs to generate speech output on a voice synthesizer. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: WORDS+ TALKING BOARD VENDOR: Adaptive Communication Systems 354 Hookstown Grade Rd. Clinton, PA 15126 (412) 264-2288 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Talking Board is a picture-based communication system that allows complete keyboard control and uses menu-driven programming. It allows the user to arrange the keyboard in any way and can use the Smooth Talker software voice synthesizer or any serial port voice. __________________________________________________________________ 50 Technology for Persons with Mobility Impairments PRODUCT: ZYGO SCANWRITER VENDOR: ZYGO Industries P.O. Box 1008 Portland, OR 97207-1008 (503) 684-6006 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Zygo ScanWRITER is a portable scanning communication and writing aid with a 20-character LCD display, a 20-column built-in printer and optional voice output. The user generates characters from a full keyboard scanning array. Scanning may be row-and-column (single switch) or directed (multiple switches). Up to 800 characters may be stored at 40 locations for quick messages. A 120-character temporary private storage area (for display without printing) is provided. Up to 4000 characters may be stored in 156 locations. A text-to-speech synthesizer may be added for voice output. ScanWRITER can also be used as an alternate keyboard with the purchase of a special keyboard emulating interface. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: ZYGO TETRASCAN II VENDOR: ZYGO Industries P.O. Box 1008 Portland, OR 97207-1008 (503) 684-6006 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: The Zygo TETRAscan II is an alternate computer keyboard that uses scanning. Each selection area represents a key on a computer keyboard. The user makes selections by a patented row-and-column scanning method (single switch) or by directed scanning (multiple switches). Scanning speed and timing are adjustable. The 4K user-programmable memory allows for programming information into 156 locations so that selection of a single message area sends a combination of characters to the computer. Audible feedback is provided for each "key" activation. Cost depends on the type of interface desired. Connectors include a 7-pin DIN jack for multi-switch, a mini-phone plug for single switch or two 16-pin flat ribbon connectors for the computer. Complete standard keyboard key selections are available. __________________________________________________________________ Alternate Input 51 52 Technology for Persons with Mobility Impairments Switching Device For most of us, the keyboard is the primary means of input to an IBM PC. For people with little or no use of their hands, the standard keyboard is not an effective means of accessing the computer. SWITCHES, when used in conjunction with a hardware or software device providing input to the computer, allow a disabled individual to enter information into a computer. Switches connect to devices such as alternate keyboards, environmental controls and electronic communication aids. A wide variety of switches are available. In most cases, a switch is available or can be designed to be used in the area of the body or muscle group where the individual can produce an intentional movement or action. Examples of how switches may be activated include pushing small buttons or large plates, sipping and puffing on a tube, wrinkling the eyebrows, blinking an eye or making contact with a metal plate. The many types of switches available make it possible for a person with limited or uncontrolled movement to operate a computer. PRODUCT: 4-PLATE SWITCH VENDOR: ZYGO Industries P.O. Box 1008 Portland, OR 97207-1008 (503) 684-6006 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: 4-Plate Switch is a set of four switches housed side by side. Each switch is activated by pressing down on its rectangular plastic plate. An audible click accompanies switch activation. The activation pressure is 8 ounces. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: 4-PNEUMATIC SWITCH VENDOR: ZYGO Industries P.O. Box 1008 Portland, OR 97207-1008 (503) 684-6006 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: 4-Pneumatic Switch is a switching unit that accepts input from one sip-and-puff tube. Different combinations of light and heavy sip and puff serve to activate each of four switches. Any desired tube may be used; one is available as well from the manufacturer (extra). Switch activation is silent. The activation pressure for this switch can be 0.1 or 0.2 psi. __________________________________________________________________ Switching Device 53 PRODUCT: 4-PUSHBUTTON SWITCH VENDOR: ZYGO Industries P.O. Box 1008 Portland, OR 97207-1008 (503) 684-6006 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: 4-Pushbutton Switch is a set of four snap-action button switches housed side-by-side, each in a 0.5" diameter recess. Pressing each button activates one switch. An audible click accompanies switch activation. The activation pressure is 4 ounces. A 5-button switch is also available. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: 4-SWITCH JOYSTICK VENDOR: ZYGO Industries P.O. Box 1008 Portland, OR 97207-1008 (503) 684-6006 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: 4-Switch Joystick is a joystick lever that may be moved in any of four directions. Moving it in a particular direction will activate one switch. This joystick is also available with an additional pushbutton switch. Activation pressure is 11 ounces. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: 5-TREAD SWITCH SLOT CONTROL VENDOR: ZYGO Industries P.O. Box 1008 Portland, OR 97207-1008 (503) 684-6006 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: 5-Tread Switch Slot Control is a set of five tread Switches mounted in an arc array, with dividers between them. The user activates the switches by moving the arm (or other activator) into the appropriate slot and pressing down on the switch. Activation produces a click. The activation pressure needed for this switch is 5 ounces. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: ABLE-2 PRODUCT FAMILY VENDOR: Automated Business & Services Inc. 6715 Kenilworth Ave. Riverdale, MD 20737-9960 (301) 454-8200 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: The ABLE-2 Product Family supports computer users with special needs in a systematic program in four parts: needs assessment, workstation family, focused training, life cycle support. Needs assessment focuses on vision-impaired/blind, hearing-impaired/deaf and neuromuscular impairment or para/quadriplegic. Computer users with visual impairments are provided with optical character readers, voice synthesizers, screen readers, tactile output displays and Braille devices. The workstation family may be configured with voice input, mouse, foot pedal, joystick and headpointer. __________________________________________________________________ 54 Technology for Persons with Mobility Impairments PRODUCT: ABLENET SWITCH 100 VENDOR: ABLENET 1081 10th Ave. SE Minneapolis, MN 55414 (800) 322-0956 ˙ (612) 379-0956 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: ABLENET Switch 100 is a momentary touch switch made of shatterproof plastic. Mounting holes are included. The switch 100 comes with a six foot cable and a mini-phone plug connector. An audible click is provided when switch is activated. Activation pressure: 20-30 grams. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: AIR CUSHION SWITCH VENDOR: ComputAbility Corporation 40000 Grand River - Suite 109 Novi, MI 48050 (313) 477-6720 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Air Cushion Switch is a sensitive air bellows which when depressed transmits a change in air pressure along a tube, activating a switch. The activation pressure for this switch is 2 ounces. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: AIR CUSHION SWITCH (SINGLE OR DUAL) VENDOR: Prentke Romich Company 1022 Heyl Rd. Wooster, OH 44691 (800) 642-8255 ˙ (216) 262-1984 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: These switches consist of an air bellows with a tube leading to a switching unit. A light touch on the bellows sends air pressure to the switching unit where the change in pressure activates a switch. Switching units are available with one or two sets of bellows for single or dual switching. The bellows have a threaded hole for mounting. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: AIR SWITCH VENDOR: Medical Equipment Distributors Inc. 3223 South Loop 289 - Suite 150 Lubbock, TX 79423 (806) 793-8421 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: This single switch is activated by a change in air pressure in a tube connected to it - activated by either a sip or a puff. __________________________________________________________________ Switching Device 55 PRODUCT: AIR SWITCH KITS VENDOR: Maddak Inc. Bel-Art Products Subsidiary Industrial Road Pequannock, NJ 07440-1993 (201) 694-0500 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Air Switch Kits consist of a squeeze type switch (operated by squeezing a rubber bulb), a 9V battery operated motor with 1" shaft, and battery clips. Three types of bulbs are available: a small hand bulb (3.5" x 1.6" diam.), a large hand bulb (5.2" x 1.5" diam.) and a pillow bulb (0.6" x 3.6" diam.). Battery is not included. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: ARM SLOT CONTROL VENDOR: Prentke Romich Company 1022 Heyl Rd. Wooster, OH 44691 (800) 642-8255 ˙ (216) 262-1984 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Arm Slot Control is a semicircular array of five lever switches, each in its own slot. The user can activate any of the switches by guiding an arm into the slot and then pressing down on the switch. Dividers between the switches prevent more than one switch from being activated at a time. An audible click is presented when a switch is activated. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: ARMSLOT SWITCH CONTROLLER (ASC-5) VENDOR: DU-IT Control Systems Group Inc. 8765 Township Rd. Shreve, OH 44676-9421 (216) 567-2906 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: The Armslot Switch Controller is typically used by a person with severe cerebral palsy to drive a powered wheelchair. It contains five paddle switches arranged so that poorly controlled arm movement cannot activate more than one switch at a time. The switch functions (typically forward, back, left, right and select) install in any slot in the configuration. An audible click is provided when a switch is activated. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: ASAFLEX MODEL TS VENDOR: Asahel Engineering Inc. N.E. 117 Olsen St. Pullman, WA 99163 (509) 334-2226 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Asaflex is a single-input switch operated by muscle tensioning. It can discriminate between voluntary and involuntary eyeblinks. It also includes sensors for switching by minimum force, pressure release, sound or vibration. Buzzer and timer are available. __________________________________________________________________ 56 Technology for Persons with Mobility Impairments PRODUCT: BARREL SWITCH VENDOR: Handicapped Children's Technological Srvs. P.O. Box 7 Foster, RI 02825 (401) 861-6128 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Barrel Switch is a cylinder mounted horizontally on a wooden base. Switch closure is triggered by rotation of the cylinder. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: BODY SWITCH (BS-1) VENDOR: DU-IT Control Systems Group Inc. 8765 Township Rd. Shreve, OH 44676-9421 (216) 567-2906 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: The Body Switch is a pushbutton, single switch operated by pressure from any convenient part of the body. The Body Switch comes with normally open contacts, but is also available with normally closed contacts. It can be activated with as little as 3 oz. of force, but can sustain up to 200 lbs. of force. It emits an audible click when activated. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: BUTTON SWITCH VENDOR: Toys for Special Children Inc. 385 Warburton Ave. Hastings-on-Hudson, NY 10706 (914) 478-0960 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Button Switch is activated by pressing a button similar to a doorbell. The button is mounted on a rectangular base with suction cup feet. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: CAP SWITCH VENDOR: TASH Inc. 70 Gibson Dr. - Unit 12 Markham, ON L3R 4C2 Canada (416) 475-2212 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Cap Switch is a small single switch controlled by pressing the top surface. Cap Switch provides auditory feedback upon activation. Activation pressure is 50 g. __________________________________________________________________ Switching Device 57 PRODUCT: CAPACITIVE TOUCHPLATE INTERFACE VENDOR: Hugh MacMillan Medical Centre 350 Rumsey Road Toronto, ON M4G 1R8 Canada (416) 425-6220 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: The Capacitive Touchplate system has five individual capacitive touch plate channels. The touch plate is operated from the body's capacitance and requires only contact - no pressure. Three versions are available that alter positions and sizes to adapt for limited range of motion or force output. The system can control communication aids or wheelchairs. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: CLAMP-ON BUMP SWITCH VENDOR: Luminaud Inc. 8688 Tyler Boulevard Mentor, OH 44060 (216) 255-9082 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Clamp-On Bump Switch is activated by 2 oz. of pressure on its tip. This switch attaches to a bed, chair, table, etc. and is activated by any convenient part of the body. Both momentary and toggle models are available. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: COMPUTER KEYBOARD SWITCH VENDOR: Toys for Special Children Inc. 385 Warburton Ave. Hastings-on-Hudson, NY 10706 (914) 478-0960 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Computer Keyboard Switch is a small version of a computer keyboard that functions as a single switch. Pressing any key activates the same switch closure. This switch is designed to accustom the user to causing an event by pressing on a keyboard and cannot actually function as a computer keyboard. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: COMPUTER PLATE SWITCH VENDOR: Toys for Special Children Inc. 385 Warburton Ave. Hastings-on-Hudson, NY 10706 (914) 478-0960 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Computer Plate Switch is a plate switch with a picture of a computer keyboard laminated to the surface of the plate. This switch is designed to accustom the user to striking a computer keyboard to achieve some effect, without the user needing to handle actual computer equipment. __________________________________________________________________ 58 Technology for Persons with Mobility Impairments PRODUCT: CUP SWITCH VENDOR: TASH Inc. 70 Gibson Dr. - Unit 12 Markham, ON L3R 4C2 Canada (416) 475-2212 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: The Cup Switch is a Cap switch "cupped" in a plastic base. The base provides a surface for easy mounting on table, pillow or wheelchair bracket. The switch is operated by pressing the top surface. The switch is 1.75" in diameter, height 0.5". Activation pressure is 180 g. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: CYLINDRICAL TOUCH SWITCH VENDOR: TASH Inc. 70 Gibson Dr. - Unit 12 Markham, ON L3R 4C2 Canada (416) 475-2212 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Cylindrical Touch Switch is a switch activated by skin contact. Two surfaces on the switch can be contacted; each activates a different switch. Cylindrical Touch Switch may require a power supply (extra) to be operated with some devices. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: DEVELOPMENTAL LEVER CONTROL VENDOR: Handicapped Children's Technological Srvs. P.O. Box 7 Foster, RI 02825 (401) 861-6128 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Developmental Lever Control is a switch device with two levers mounted on a speaker which can plug into the auxiliary port to control a tape recorder. The unit is mounted onto a flat object with a C-clamp (extra). The activation pressure is 4 ounces. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: DOUBLE PUSH PANEL VENDOR: Handicapped Children's Technological Srvs. P.O. Box 7 Foster, RI 02825 (401) 861-6128 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Double Push Panel is a pair of plexiglass panels mounted on a wooden base. Pushing either panel activates a switch. An audible click is provided when the switch is activated. Activation pressure is 5 oz. __________________________________________________________________ Switching Device 59 PRODUCT: DUAL PLATE SWITCH VENDOR: ZYGO Industries P.O. Box 1008 Portland, OR 97207-1008 (503) 684-6006 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: This switch is activated by pressing either end of a rocking plate. Pressing one end activates one switch; pressing the other activates the second switch. Activation pressure is 8 ounces. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: DUAL PUSHBUTTON SWITCH VENDOR: ZYGO Industries P.O. Box 1008 Portland, OR 97207-1008 (503) 684-6006 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Dual Pushbutton Switch is a pair of snap-action button switches housed side-by-side, each in a 1.25" diameter recess. Switches are activated by pressing. An audible click is provided when switch is activated. The activation pressure required is 8 ounces. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: DUAL ROCKING LEVER SWITCH VENDOR: Prentke Romich Company 1022 Heyl Rd. Wooster, OH 44691 (800) 642-8255 ˙ (216) 262-1984 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: The Dual Rocking Lever Switch is dual-operated by pushing on either end of a plate. One end activates one switch, the other activates the other switch. The housing is made of plastic, with rubber feet and a threaded hole for mounting. Dual Rocking Level Switch is available in two models: low or medium activation force. The activation pressure is adjustable. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: DUAL TONGUE SWITCH (TS-2C) VENDOR: DU-IT Control Systems Group Inc. 8765 Township Rd. Shreve, OH 44676-9421 (216) 567-2906 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Dual Tongue Switch is a switch designed to be operated by tongue, nose, chin, cheek or finger movement. The switch comes complete with gooseneck and table mounting hardware. Activation pressure is about 1 oz. __________________________________________________________________ 60 Technology for Persons with Mobility Impairments PRODUCT: EYEBROW SWITCH VENDOR: Words Plus P.O. Box 1229 Lancaster, CA 93534 (805) 949-8331 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: This switch is mounted on a visor. A lever projects down in front of the forehead, resting against it. When the user wrinkles the forehead or raises the eyebrow, the switch is activated. An audible click is provided with switch activation. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: FINGER FLEX SWITCH VENDOR: Luminaud Inc. 8688 Tyler Boulevard Mentor, OH 44060 (216) 255-9082 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Finger Flex Switch is a switch built into a partial glove. Bending fingers approximately 10 to 25 degrees activates the switch. The switch uses a 3.5 mm mini-phone plug as a connector. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: FIRM GRIP JOYSTICK HOLDER VENDOR: Psychological Software Services Inc. 6555 Carrollton Ave. Indianapolis, IN 46220 (317) 257-9672 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: The Firm Grip Joystick Holder allows easy use of the joystick for persons with limited or no use of one hand. Two straps hold the joystick in place, while four suction cups on the bottom of the device secure it to a flat surface in front of your computer. An optional plexiglass undersheet provides a workspace and assures a good hold for the suction cups. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: FLAT AIR CUSHION SWITCH VENDOR: Toys for Special Children Inc. 385 Warburton Ave. Hastings-on-Hudson, NY 10706 (914) 478-0960 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Flat Air Cushion Switch is a single switch consisting of a flat circular air bellows and a switching unit connected by a flexible tube. When the bellows is depressed, the change in pressure is transferred along the tube, activating the switching unit, which functions as a regular switch. __________________________________________________________________ Switching Device 61 PRODUCT: FLEX SWITCH VENDOR: TASH Inc. 70 Gibson Dr. - Unit 12 Markham, ON L3R 4C2 Canada (416) 475-2212 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Flex Switch is a single switch operated by bending the flexible rubber tip 1/2 inch in any direction. Flex comes mounted on an angled metal rod; the rubber tip can be removed and rotated. Activation pressure is 180 g. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: FULCRUM TRACKBALL PLUS VENDOR: Fulcrum Computer Products 459 Allan Court Healdsburg, CA 95448 (707) 433-0202 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: This is a cursor pointing device, designed for interfacing with an IBM computer and many CAD/CAE environments via a standard RS232 port. Pointing and cursor control can be achieved by the use of the fingertips to position the ball. It requires 4.62" by 5.37" of desk space. Six user switches are provided for additional flexibility with menu driven software such as CAD/CAM applications. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: GRASP SWITCH VENDOR: Handicapped Children's Technological Srvs. P.O. Box 7 Foster, RI 02825 (401) 861-6128 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Grasp Switch is a cylindrical switch activated by grasp pressure. The switch requires an activation pressure of six ounces to trigger a response. A 1/8" mini-phone plug connects the switch to the device or toy to be controlled. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: GRIP SWITCH VENDOR: Toys for Special Children Inc. 385 Warburton Ave. Hastings-on-Hudson, NY 10706 (914) 478-0960 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Grip Switch is a rubber cylindrical air bellows connected by a tube to a switching unit. Grasping the cylinder and exerting slight pressure activates the switching unit, which functions as a regular switch. __________________________________________________________________ 62 Technology for Persons with Mobility Impairments PRODUCT: HAND SWITCH VENDOR: ComputAbility Corporation 40000 Grand River - Suite 109 Novi, MI 48050 (313) 477-6720 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: This Easy Action Hand Switch is a 2"-long lever switch designed to be operated by hand. Activation pressure is 2 ounces. Interface to IBM PCs and PS/2s is through AID+ME. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: HEAD CONTROL FOR WHEELCHAIRS VENDOR: Hugh MacMillan Medical Centre 350 Rumsey Road Toronto, ON M4G 1R8 Canada (416) 425-6220 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Head Control for Wheelchairs is a switching unit that uses four mercury tilt switches to trigger switch closures based upon six possible positions of the user's head. The control unit is mounted on the user's headband and plugs into the control box of the wheelchair. The six positions are FWD, REV, FWD RIGHT, FWD LEFT, REV RIGHT and REV LEFT. There is also a neutral position. Each position makes a different momentary SPST (Single Pull Single Throw) closure. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: HEAD SWITCH VENDOR: ComputAbility Corporation 40000 Grand River - Suite 109 Novi, MI 48050 (313) 477-6720 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Easy Action Head Switch is a lever switch designed to be operated by the hand or head. Padded lever is 3" long. The activation pressure required is 2 ounces. Interface to IBM PCs and PS/2 is through AID+ME. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: HEADBAND SWITCH VENDOR: Luminaud Inc. 8688 Tyler Boulevard Mentor, OH 44060 (216) 255-9082 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Headband Switch consists of an adjustable headband equipped with a switch that has a small paddle for a lever. The paddle rests on and must be taped to the forehead; raising the forehead muscles activates the switch. The activation pressure ranges between 1 and 2 ounces. __________________________________________________________________ Switching Device 63 PRODUCT: INFRARED SWITCH VENDOR: Words Plus P.O. Box 1229 Lancaster, CA 93534 (805) 949-8331 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Infrared Switch is activated by the reflection of an infrared beam. The small unit that projects the beam can be mounted on a pair of eyeglass frames, and the harmless beam is directed at the eye. Sufficient lateral eye movement or blinking activates the switch. It may also be activated by movement of other body parts if attached properly. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: JOYSTICK VENDOR: Toys for Special Children Inc. 385 Warburton Ave. Hastings-on-Hudson, NY 10706 (914) 478-0960 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: This joystick has a cylindrical handle and a thin base. Pushing the handle in each of four directions activates one of four devices. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: JOYSTICK INTERFACE CONTROL VENDOR: Hugh MacMillan Medical Centre 350 Rumsey Road Toronto, ON M4G 1R8 Canada (416) 425-6220 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: The Joystick Interface Control is a four-microswitch, non-gated, eight-position joystick that activates switches individually or adjacent switches simultaneously. It is adaptable to communication aids using this kind of switching. The Joystick is of the "X" format; the push travel to activate the switches is 1 1/8". A variety of connectors, knobs and bars are available. An OFF/ON switch and power ON visual indicator are included. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: JOYSTICK WITH PAD SWITCH VENDOR: TASH Inc. 70 Gibson Dr. - Unit 12 Markham, ON L3R 4C2 Canada (416) 475-2212 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Joystick with Pad Switch is a four position gated joystick, with four slotted directions of movement. The fifth switch is a pad switch used for control action. This switch requires an activation pressure of 200 g. __________________________________________________________________ 64 Technology for Persons with Mobility Impairments PRODUCT: L.T. SWITCH VENDOR: Don Johnston Developmental Equipment Inc. P.O. Box 639 Wauconda, IL 60084 (312) 526-2682 ˙ 312/526-4177FAX PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: The L.T. Switch, designed for users with limited strength, is activated with 0.75 ounces of pressure and emits a click when activated. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: LEAF SWITCH VENDOR: Toys for Special Children Inc. 385 Warburton Ave. Hastings-on-Hudson, NY 10706 (914) 478-0960 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: This switch consists of a vinyl covered flexible spring. When a very light, delicate touch is applied, the switch is activated. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: LEAF SWITCH VENDOR: ZYGO Industries P.O. Box 1008 Portland, OR 97207-1008 (503) 684-6006 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: This switch has a protruding flat vinyl-covered metal leaf. Any flexion of the leaf activates a switch. The base has holes for mounting. Two leaf lengths are available. Activation pressure needed is 1 ounce. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: LEAF SWITCH VENDOR: TASH Inc. 70 Gibson Dr. - Unit 12 Markham, ON L3R 4C2 Canada (416) 475-2212 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: The Leaf Switch is a single switch operated by pressing one side of the leaf. The tip of the leaf requires 1/4" of movement for operation. The Leaf Switch has a removeable 3" diameter foam pad. Mounting requires additional tubular mounting hardware. Activation pressure is 50 g. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: LEFT/RIGHT ROCKER SWITCH VENDOR: Don Johnston Developmental Equipment Inc. P.O. Box 639 Wauconda, IL 60084 (312) 526-2682 ˙ 312/526-4177FAX PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Left/Right Rocker Switch is a dual switch activated by pressing the plate on either side. Pressing one end activates one switch; pressing the other end activates the second. An auditory click is produced when a switch is activated. Activation pressure is 5 ounces. __________________________________________________________________ Switching Device 65 PRODUCT: LEVER SWITCH VENDOR: ZYGO Industries P.O. Box 1008 Portland, OR 97207-1008 (503) 684-6006 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: This switch is activated by pressing against a padded lever. The lever must travel 0.06" for activation. The activation pressure required ranges between 4 and 8 ounces. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: LEVER SWITCH VENDOR: TASH Inc. 70 Gibson Dr. - Unit 12 Markham, ON L3R 4C2 Canada (416) 475-2212 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: This Lever Switch is a dual switch activated by pushing the lever in either of two directions. The lever automatically returns to the center-off position when pressure is off. Activation pressure is 100 g. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: LIGHT TOUCH LEVER SWITCH VENDOR: Medical Equipment Distributors Inc. 3223 South Loop 289 - Suite 150 Lubbock, TX 79423 (806) 793-8421 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: This dual switch has a short protruding lever. Pushing on the lever activates the switch. Moving the lever to one side operates one switch and moving it to the other side operates another switch. The activation pressure required by this switch is less than 4 ounces. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: LITE TOUCH VENDOR: Lovejoy Electronics 35 Garrison Street Portland, ME 04102 (207) 774-9421 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Lite Touch, a light-activated joystick emulator, has four sensors that attach to each side of the computer screen. Up to four more sensors may be placed at the corners. An optical pointer, attached to the head or body, is directed at the first four sensors to emulate the four directions of movement of a joystick. The additional sensors act as the "fire" button. The sensors plug into an external receiving unit which plugs into the computer's joystick (or game) input port. Lite Touch runs any program, game, etc. that uses a switch-type joystick. Lenses of different focal lengths are available for the printer. A word processing program that uses joystick input, Joywriter from Green Software, is available. The four sensors have mini-plugs attached; two may be used as dual switch input with PC AID available from DADA. __________________________________________________________________ 66 Technology for Persons with Mobility Impairments PRODUCT: MAGNETIC FINGER SWITCH VENDOR: Luminaud Inc. 8688 Tyler Boulevard Mentor, OH 44060 (216) 255-9082 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Magnetic Finger Switch consists of a sleeve, which contains the magnet, that fits over a finger and a small external switch unit. A small movement (0.38") of the finger toward the switch unit activates the switch. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: MEMBRANE PLATE SWITCH VENDOR: Crestwood Company P.O. Box 04606 Milwaukee, WI 53204-0606 (414) 461-9876 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: The Membrane Plate Switch, a thin membrane switch operated by 2.0 ounces of force, comes with a five foot cable and a mini-phone plug connector. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: MERCURY TILT SWITCH VENDOR: Luminaud Inc. 8688 Tyler Boulevard Mentor, OH 44060 (216) 255-9082 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Mercury Tilt switch is activated by a change in position. This switch comes with a band for attaching to the wrist, arm, leg, etc. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: MICRO JOYSTICK WITH PUSH SWITCH VENDOR: TASH Inc. 70 Gibson Dr. - Unit 12 Markham, ON L3R 4C2 Canada (416) 475-2212 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Micro Joystick with Push Switch is a four position very short stroke (.06") ungated joystick. Pushing down on the joystick shaft activates the fifth switch. The activation pressure ranges from 60 to 120 g. __________________________________________________________________ Switching Device 67 PRODUCT: MINI CUP SWITCH VENDOR: TASH Inc. 70 Gibson Dr. - Unit 12 Markham, ON L3R 4C2 Canada (416) 475-2212 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: This is the smallest single switch produced by TASH, Inc. It has a diameter of 1" and a height of 5/16". As with the larger Cup Switch, it is a Cap switch in a plastic base which provides a surface for easy mounting on table, pillow or wheelchair bracket. The switch is operated by pressing the top surface. The activation pressure needed is 120 g. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: MINI JOYSTICK WITH PNEUMATIC SWITCH VENDOR: TASH Inc. 70 Gibson Dr. - Unit 12 Markham, ON L3R 4C2 Canada (416) 475-2212 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: This joystick is a four position short stroke (0.5") ungated joystick with a flexible rubber shaft. The fifth switch is activated by puffing through the shaft. Activation pressure is 120 g. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: MINI JOYSTICK WITH PUSH SWITCH VENDOR: TASH Inc. 70 Gibson Dr. - Unit 12 Markham, ON L3R 4C2 Canada (416) 475-2212 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Mini Joystick with Push Switch is a four position short stroke (0.5") ungated joystick with a flexible rubber shaft. This joystick can have two switch closures simultaneously, such as moving both diagonally and down the screen. Pushing down on the shaft activates the fifth switch. Activation pressure required ranges between 120 and 200 g. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: MINI ROCKING LEVER SWITCH (MRL-2) VENDOR: Prentke Romich Company 1022 Heyl Rd. Wooster, OH 44691 (800) 642-8255 ˙ (216) 262-1984 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Mini Rocking Lever Switch is a small dual switch operated by pressing the plate on top. Pressing one side activates one switch; pressing the other side activates the other. Hook-and-loop type material for mounting comes on the bottom. The activation pressure is 2.5 ounces. __________________________________________________________________ 68 Technology for Persons with Mobility Impairments PRODUCT: MOUNTING SWITCH VENDOR: Don Johnston Developmental Equipment Inc. P.O. Box 639 Wauconda, IL 60084 (312) 526-2682 ˙ 312/526-4177FAX PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: The Mounting Switch is a versatile switch that may be mounted in a variety of locations. It is designed to be mounted at head level. An audible click is emitted by the Mounting Switch when the switch is closed. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: MULTIPORT VENDOR: Psychological Software Services Inc. 6555 Carrollton Ave. Indianapolis, IN 46220 (317) 257-9672 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Multiport is a game peripheral port adapter that allows the user to select between two different game control devices with a single switch. Multiport eliminates the need to unplug either of the two game controls. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: NEUROLINK VENDOR: Cybernetics 3120 Odd Fellows Rd. Lynchburg, VA 24506 (804) 847-2010 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Neurolink is an input/output access system for severely mobility-handicapped persons that translates very low neurological signals into a form the computer can interpret. The system's only requirement is that the user have voluntary control of some neuromuscular system, no matter how small. Neurolink for the IBM PC consists of a three electrode EMG, an infra-red transmitter and an infra-red receiver which connects to an information card in the computer. Neurolink simulates keyboard entry by inputting characters from a scanning array which appears on the monitor. A Morse Code program also provides a facility for faster inputting than using the character selection method. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: P-SWITCH VENDOR: Prentke Romich Company 1022 Heyl Rd. Wooster, OH 44691 (800) 642-8255 ˙ (216) 262-1984 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: The P-Switch is a sensitive electronic switch that is activated by any muscle movement. When any surface in contact with the switch moves (e.g., the forehead when the brow is wrinkled), the wafer sends a signal to the switch unit. Sensitivity of the P-Switch can be adjusted. Light and optional audible tone indicate when the switch is activated. __________________________________________________________________ Switching Device 69 PRODUCT: PADDLE PANEL VENDOR: Psychological Software Services Inc. 6555 Carrollton Ave. Indianapolis, IN 46220 (317) 257-9672 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: The Paddle Panel is a replacement for handheld gamepaddle devices designed to allow better control as well as bilateral manipulation activities. Paddle Panel has two buttons and two knob controls and plugs directly into the game I/O port on the back of the computer. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: PC-PEDAL VENDOR: Brown & Co. Inc. P.O. Box 2443 So. Hamilton, MA 01982 (508) 468-7464 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: PC-Pedal is a single foot-pedal switch that acts as any of several keys to permit one-hand computing. Two versions are available: Standard - to control the SHIFT, ALT, CONTROL keys; Enhanced - to control any key. The Standard version redefines the space bar as a backspace-delete key so the user does not need to move from the home position to perform this function. To choose which key the pedal emulates, the user presses the pedal with the desired special key. When the pedal is subsequently pressed, it acts as the defined key until redefined. Any simple switch may be substituted for the pedal. All setup software is included; PC-Pedal plugs into the standard parallel port of the computer. A printer may be plugged into the PC-Pedal plug, and the two will not interfere with each other. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: PENTA SWITCH VENDOR: TASH Inc. 70 Gibson Dr. - Unit 12 Markham, ON L3R 4C2 Canada (416) 475-2212 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Penta Switch is a set of five small button switches fitted in a disk-shaped housing. The activation pressure is 120 g. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: PHOTO CELL SWITCH VENDOR: Toys for Special Children Inc. 385 Warburton Ave. Hastings-on-Hudson, NY 10706 (914) 478-0960 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Photo Cell Switch is a switch operated by interrupting a light beam. Any body part that can interrupt the beam can activate the switch. __________________________________________________________________ 70 Technology for Persons with Mobility Impairments PRODUCT: PICTURE SWITCH KIT VENDOR: ComputAbility Corporation 40000 Grand River - Suite 109 Novi, MI 48050 (313) 477-6720 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Allows up to eight switches to be connected to the computer for direct selection input. Includes multi-switch interface box and four picture switches measuring 2-1/2" x 4". AID+ME is recommmended. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: PILLOW SWITCH VENDOR: TASH Inc. 70 Gibson Dr. - Unit 12 Markham, ON L3R 4C2 Canada (416) 475-2212 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: The Pillow Switch is a single switch operated by pressing the top foam surface. A pin and a velcro strip are attached to the switch for fastening to a pillow or to clothing. Activation pressure is 180 g. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: PINCH SWITCH VENDOR: Toys for Special Children Inc. 385 Warburton Ave. Hastings-on-Hudson, NY 10706 (914) 478-0960 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: This switch is a small, thin, vinyl-covered switch. When the user pinches lightly on the unit, the switch is activated. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: PLATE SWITCH VENDOR: TASH Inc. 70 Gibson Dr. - Unit 12 Markham, ON L3R 4C2 Canada (416) 475-2212 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Plate Switch is a very thin single membrane switch. A colored circle on the surface marks the pressure sensitive area. Available in red, green, yellow, blue and orange. Activation pressure is 50 g. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: PLATE SWITCH VENDOR: Don Johnston Developmental Equipment Inc. P.O. Box 639 Wauconda, IL 60084 (312) 526-2682 ˙ 312/526-4177FAX PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: This Plate Switch is activated by 3 ounces of pressure and offers a click as audible feedback. __________________________________________________________________ Switching Device 71 PRODUCT: PLATE SWITCH VENDOR: Maddak Inc. Bel-Art Products Subsidiary Industrial Road Pequannock, NJ 07440-1993 (201) 694-0500 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Plate Switch is a switch activated by pressing a 9.25" square plastic plate. The plate sits on top of large plastic base. This switch comes with two 3.5 mm jacks: one with normally closed contacts and one with normally open contacts. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: PLATE SWITCH VENDOR: ZYGO Industries P.O. Box 1008 Portland, OR 97207-1008 (503) 684-6006 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: This single switch is activated by pressing on the plate on top. An audible click accompanies activation. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: PLATE SWITCHES VENDOR: Toys for Special Children Inc. 385 Warburton Ave. Hastings-on-Hudson, NY 10706 (914) 478-0960 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: This switch is activated by pressing the plate on top. Suction cup feet are provided for stability. A Musical Plate Switch (with a built-in music box), a Lighted Plate Switch, a Plate Switch on Stand (gooseneck with stand for stability), a Mirror Plate Switch and a Vibrating Plate Switch (which vibrates when activated) are also available. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: PLATFORM SWITCH VENDOR: TASH Inc. 70 Gibson Dr. - Unit 12 Markham, ON L3R 4C2 Canada (416) 475-2212 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Platform Switch is a single switch consisting of a square platform with a large button in the center. Pressure on the button activates the switch. Activation pressure needed is 100 g. __________________________________________________________________ 72 Technology for Persons with Mobility Impairments PRODUCT: PNEUMATIC SWITCH VENDOR: ZYGO Industries P.O. Box 1008 Portland, OR 97207-1008 (503) 684-6006 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: The Pneumatic Switch is a single switch controlled by sipping or puffing. Any small change in air pressure (caused by pursing the lips, moving the tongue, etc.) causes the switch to be activated. Attaching two switches "piggy back" allows the user to operate two switches with a single mouth tube. Activation pressure required is 0.02 psi. A dual pneumatic switch (where each of the two actions activates two separate switches) is also available. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: PNEUMATIC SWITCH VENDOR: Prentke Romich Company 1022 Heyl Rd. Wooster, OH 44691 (800) 642-8255 ˙ (216) 262-1984 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Pneumatic Switch is a dual switch activated by sipping or puffing. A tube (mounted for convenient access) has a mouthpiece attached. The user sips or puffs on the mouthpiece, and the change in air pressure is transferred along the tube to a switching unit. This unit activates one switch for sipping, one for puffing. It comes with gooseneck and one table clamp. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: PNEUMATIC SWITCH VENDOR: TASH Inc. 70 Gibson Dr. - Unit 12 Markham, ON L3R 4C2 Canada (416) 475-2212 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Pneumatic Switch is a dual switch operated by breathing through a tube. Sipping activates one switch; puffing activates the other. Pneumatic Switch has an internal saliva trap which can be cleaned. The mouthpiece is a disposable straw. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: PRC JOYSTICK (JS-4) VENDOR: Prentke Romich Company 1022 Heyl Rd. Wooster, OH 44691 (800) 642-8255 ˙ (216) 262-1984 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: The PRC joystick is activated by pushing the handle in any of four directions. Each direction activates one of four switches. When used to control a scanning device, pushing diagonally may allow for diagonal scanning. __________________________________________________________________ Switching Device 73 PRODUCT: PRESSURE SWITCH VENDOR: Luminaud Inc. 8688 Tyler Boulevard Mentor, OH 44060 (216) 255-9082 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Pressure switch is designed to be worn on the upper arm, lower arm, knee, etc, on a 12-inch velcro strap. Pressure activates the switch. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: PUFF SWITCH VENDOR: ComputAbility Corporation 40000 Grand River - Suite 109 Novi, MI 48050 (313) 477-6720 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Puff Switch is a switch activated by puffing into a mouthpiece attached to a tube. The switch comes with a 20" gooseneck and extra removeable mouthpieces. AID+ME is recommended as the interface. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: PUFF-SIP VENDOR: DU-IT Control Systems Group Inc. 8765 Township Rd. Shreve, OH 44676-9421 (216) 567-2906 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: The Puff-Sip Dual Switch is a pneumatic dual switch activated by blowing and sucking on the mouthpiece. Mounted on a gooseneck stand which is internally reinforced and longer than most, it has a clear plastic saliva trap and replaceable mouthpiece. It requires little or no movement and offers an easy and unobstrusive way to operate two switches. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: PUSHBUTTON SWITCH VENDOR: ZYGO Industries P.O. Box 1008 Portland, OR 97207-1008 (503) 684-6006 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Pushbutton Switch is a single snap-action switch. To activate the switch, the user presses a round button located in a 1.25" diameter recess. This switch requires an activation pressure of 2 ounces. __________________________________________________________________ 74 Technology for Persons with Mobility Impairments PRODUCT: REGENESIS BREATH SWITCH VENDOR: Regenesis Development Corporation 1046 Deep Cove Rd. North Vancouver, BC, V7G 1S3 Canada (604) 929-6663 ˙ 604/929-3316FAX PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: A lightweight, electronic dual input switch to access a computer through the game port or an environmental control unit. This is a sensitive switch not affected by saliva, for use by persons with little head movement and good lip closure and by those dependent on a ventilator. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: ROCKER SWITCH VENDOR: Medical Equipment Distributors Inc. 3223 South Loop 289 - Suite 150 Lubbock, TX 79423 (806) 793-8421 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: This dual switch is activated by pressing down on either end of the plate on top. Pressing one end activates one switch; pressing on the other end activates the other. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: ROCKER SWITCH VENDOR: TASH Inc. 70 Gibson Dr. - Unit 12 Markham, ON L3R 4C2 Canada (416) 475-2212 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: The Rocker Switch is a dual switch operated by pressing either side of the switch. It may be used to control a device requiring two switches for operation or to control two devices requiring a single switch. Activation pressure is 130 g. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: ROCKING PLATE SWITCH VENDOR: Toys for Special Children Inc. 385 Warburton Ave. Hastings-on-Hudson, NY 10706 (914) 478-0960 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Rocking Plate Switch is a dual switch activated by pressing on either end of a long plate. Pressing one end activates one switch; pressing the other end activates the second. Suction cups are provided for stability. __________________________________________________________________ Switching Device 75 PRODUCT: ROUND PAD SWITCH VENDOR: TASH Inc. 70 Gibson Dr. - Unit 12 Markham, ON L3R 4C2 Canada (416) 475-2212 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Round Pad Switch is a disk-shaped single switch activated by pressure on the top surface. The activation pressure is 180 g. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: SENSOR SWITCH VENDOR: Don Johnston Developmental Equipment Inc. P.O. Box 639 Wauconda, IL 60084 (312) 526-2682 ˙ 312/526-4177FAX PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: This switch is activated by small muscle movement. It has the capability of being a single or dual switch with separate controls for each. The switch may be positioned on the forehead or other parts of the body, work surface or headrest. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: SINGLE PUSH PANEL VENDOR: Handicapped Children's Technological Srvs. P.O. Box 7 Foster, RI 02825 (401) 861-6128 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Single Push Panel is a plexiglass panel mounted on a wooden base. Switch is activated by pushing the panel. Activation pressure is 6 oz. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: SINGLE ROCKING LEVER SWITCH VENDOR: Prentke Romich Company 1022 Heyl Rd. Wooster, OH 44691 (800) 642-8255 ˙ (216) 262-1984 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: The Single Rocking Lever Switch is a single switch activated by depressing the plate on top. The switch housing is made of plastic and has rubber feet on the bottom with a threaded hole for mounting. It comes in two models: low and medium force. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: SIP & PUFF SWITCH VENDOR: Toys for Special Children Inc. 385 Warburton Ave. Hastings-on-Hudson, NY 10706 (914) 478-0960 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: This single switch is activated by sipping or puffing into a tube which is attached to a housing where the actual switch is located. __________________________________________________________________ 76 Technology for Persons with Mobility Impairments PRODUCT: SOFT SWITCH VENDOR: TASH Inc. 70 Gibson Dr. - Unit 12 Markham, ON L3R 4C2 Canada (416) 475-2212 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Soft Switch is a single switch with a soft surface; it comes in a velvet bag that can be removed and washed. Activation pressure is 800 g. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: SPONGE NURSE CALL SWITCH VENDOR: Dickey Engineering 3 Angel Road North Reading, MA 01864 (508) 657-3460 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: The Sponge Nurse Call Switch is a cloth covered single switch. Any slight movement will activate the switch. An eight foot cord is provided with a phone jack plug, and a miniature jack plug is available. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: SQUARE PAD SWITCH VENDOR: TASH Inc. 70 Gibson Dr. - Unit 12 Markham, ON L3R 4C2 Canada (416) 475-2212 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Square Pad Switch is a large single switch operated by pressing the top surface. A large target area is designed to compensate for the user's lack of controlled movement. Activation pressure needed is 600 g. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: SQUEEZE TYPE SWITCHES VENDOR: Maddak Inc. Bel-Art Products Subsidiary Industrial Road Pequannock, NJ 07440-1993 (201) 694-0500 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Squeeze Type Switches are activated by the flow of air squeezed out of an air bellows. A tube from the bellows leads to the switch housing, which has two output jacks: one with normally open contacts, one with normally closed contacts. Three types of bellows are available: a small hand bulb (3.5" x 1.6" diam.), a large hand bulb (5.2" x 1.5" diam.) and a pillow (flat disk) bulb (0.6" x 3.6" diam.). __________________________________________________________________ Switching Device 77 PRODUCT: STRING SWITCH VENDOR: ABLENET 1081 10th Ave. SE Minneapolis, MN 55414 (800) 322-0956 ˙ (612) 379-0956 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: The String Switch, an easily activated switch for users with limited active movement, requires less than 1/2 ounce of tension. The string is wrapped around a user's hand or other body part. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: SWITCH ASSESSMENT KIT VENDOR: TASH Inc. 70 Gibson Dr. - Unit 12 Markham, ON L3R 4C2 Canada (416) 475-2212 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Multiple versions are available including Ability Switch Tester, Deluxe Assessment Kit and Switch Assessment Kit. These items may help in the selection of appropriate switches to suit the user's needs and facilitates the selection of appropriate mounting arrangements. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: THUMB SWITCH VENDOR: ZYGO Industries P.O. Box 1008 Portland, OR 97207-1008 (503) 684-6006 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Thumb Switch is a conical housing with a button switch located at one end. The switch is held in the palm of the hand, and the button is pressed with the thumb. The switch is styled as a traditional nursing call alarm switch. Activation pressure is 20 ounces. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: TILT SWITCH VENDOR: Handicapped Children's Technological Srvs. P.O. Box 7 Foster, RI 02825 (401) 861-6128 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Tilt Switch is a unit containing a mercury-filled level and a switch. When the level indicates that the unit is tilted, the switch is activated. __________________________________________________________________ 78 Technology for Persons with Mobility Impairments PRODUCT: TILT SWITCH VENDOR: Toys for Special Children Inc. 385 Warburton Ave. Hastings-on-Hudson, NY 10706 (914) 478-0960 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Tilt Switch is a small unit containing a single mercury switch. When the unit is tilted, the switch is activated. The unit is mounted on a band which can be strapped to the desired part of the body. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: TIP SWITCH VENDOR: TASH Inc. 70 Gibson Dr. - Unit 12 Markham, ON L3R 4C2 Canada (416) 475-2212 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: The Tip Switch is a mercury switch with smooth surface to allow easy mounting and positioning. The switch is operated by tipping it down 5 degrees from its horizontal position. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: TONGUE SWITCH (TS-2) VENDOR: Prentke Romich Company 1022 Heyl Rd. Wooster, OH 44691 (800) 642-8255 ˙ (216) 262-1984 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Tongue Switch is a dual switch activated by pushing up or down on a short lever. The switch has a threaded hole for mounting, for easier access by the body part used to activate it. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: TOUCH SENSITIVE JOYSTICK CONTROL VENDOR: Handicapped Children's Technological Srvs. P.O. Box 7 Foster, RI 02825 (401) 861-6128 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Touch Sensitive Joystick Control is a single, omni directional touch-sensitive switch that can be triggered by any movement which moves the control away from the neutral position. Activation pressure for this joystick is between 1 and 2 ounces. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: TOUCH SWITCH VENDOR: ZYGO Industries P.O. Box 1008 Portland, OR 97207-1008 (503) 684-6006 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Touch Switch is a single switch activated by very light pressure on a plastic plate. The activation pressure is 3 ounces. __________________________________________________________________ Switching Device 79 PRODUCT: TREAD SWITCH VENDOR: ZYGO Industries P.O. Box 1008 Portland, OR 97207-1008 (503) 684-6006 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Tread Switch is a single switch operated by depressing a treadle type lever. An audible click accompanies activation. The lever and the bottom of the switch are foam rubber coated. A tapped mounting hole is provided on the bottom of the switch. Activation pressure is 5 ounces. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: TREADLE SWITCH VENDOR: TASH Inc. 70 Gibson Dr. - Unit 12 Markham, ON L3R 4C2 Canada (416) 475-2212 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Treadle Switch is a single switch operated by pressing the hinged top surface. This switch allows the user to rest the body part used for activation on the switch's surface between activations. The activation pressure is 700 g. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: TWINKLE VENDOR: ICOM Design, Ltd. Long Leys Rd. Lincoln, LN1 1EH England ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Twinkle is an eye switch device which can detect eye movement in two directions and generate one or two switch closures as output. These can be fed to a PC running special software to interpret the switch closures as keystrokes (WORDS+ produces the software). The switch detects movement of a charge that develops across a portion of the eyeball. Software allows use of Twinkle as a communication aid and as a keyboard emulator. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: VERTICAL PLATE SWITCH VENDOR: Toys for Special Children Inc. 385 Warburton Ave. Hastings-on-Hudson, NY 10706 (914) 478-0960 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Vertical Plate Switch is a switch activated by pressing a circular button mounted on a right-angle bracket to allow it to be activated from the side. The bracket can be attached to a horizontal surface with provided suction cups, screws or double-sided tape. It can be mounted at a 41 degree angle. __________________________________________________________________ 80 Technology for Persons with Mobility Impairments PRODUCT: VOICE ACTIVATED SWITCH VENDOR: Toys for Special Children Inc. 385 Warburton Ave. Hastings-on-Hudson, NY 10706 (914) 478-0960 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Voice Activated Switch is a switch unit with a self-contained microphone. When the microphone detects a sound (such as speech), the switch is activated. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: WOBBLE SWITCH VENDOR: Toys for Special Children Inc. 385 Warburton Ave. Hastings-on-Hudson, NY 10706 (914) 478-0960 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: This switch is activated by any flexion of the spring lever. The lever comes mounted on a gooseneck and stand. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: WOBBLE SWITCH VENDOR: ComputAbility Corporation 40000 Grand River - Suite 109 Novi, MI 48050 (313) 477-6720 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: This switch has a protruding flexible lever; bending the lever activates the switch. The switch placement is flexible, allowing it to be placed directly on the monitor for activation. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: WOBBLE SWITCH (WS-1) VENDOR: Prentke Romich Company 1022 Heyl Rd. Wooster, OH 44691 (800) 642-8255 ˙ (216) 262-1984 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: This switch is activated by pushing against a lever. The lever has a spring built in and can be pushed in any direction for activation. The Wobble Switch comes with a threaded hole for mounting. __________________________________________________________________ Switching Device 81 82 Technology for Persons with Mobility Impairments Voice Recognition Voice input may be used as a form of data entry. Although voice recognition technology is not advanced enough for unlimited vocabulary and speech pattern variations, significant function and products do exist and are being used. PRODUCT: ABLE-2 PRODUCT FAMILY VENDOR: Automated Business & Services Inc. 6715 Kenilworth Ave. Riverdale, MD 20737-9960 (301) 454-8200 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: The ABLE-2 Product Family supports computer users with special needs in a systematic program in four parts: needs assessment, workstation family, focused training, life cycle support. Needs assessment focuses on vision-impaired/blind, hearing-impaired/deaf and neuromuscular impairment or para/quadriplegic. Computer users with visual impairments are provided with optical character readers, voice synthesizers, screen readers, tactile output displays and Braille devices. The workstation family may be configured with voice input, mouse, foot pedal, joystick and headpointer. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: ACS MEDICOM COMPUTER SYSTEM VENDOR: ACS Telecom 25825 Eshelman Ave. Lomita, CA 90717 (213) 325-3055 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: ACS Medicom Computer System is a complete system for communication, environmental control and computer access based on two IBM PCs. The PCs are connected as a parallel system and allow access to all IBM PC software. Two input systems are provided: voice and switch/body movement. The voice input system allows the user to create vocabularies which the computer will recognize and accept. The switch/body movement output system allows the user to enter data with a single switch, multiple switches or a joystick. A voice output option reads the screen via a speech synthesizer. With the ACS Medicom Computer System, the user may run standard software, control various appliances with BSR X-10 control modules, dial and talk on the telephone or communicate via computer networks. The system may be used for wheelchair and robotics control. Expansion options are available. Cost varies depending on features. ACS conducts research in rehabilitation technology. __________________________________________________________________ Voice Recognition 83 PRODUCT: BUG VOICE COMMAND SYSTEM VENDOR: Command Corp. Inc. 6045 Atlantic Blvd. Norcross, GA 30071 (404) 662-1598 ˙ 404/662-1561FAX PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: The BUG Voice Command System is a speech recognizer for use with DOS based applications running on IBM PC/XT/AT and compatible systems. The BUG System works by recognizing a spoken command and entering keystrokes just as if they had been entered from the keyboard. Recognition is performed realtime by a dedicated 25 Mhz microcomputer on an expansion card that fits in a 8 or 16 bit slot. BUG System is transparent and compatible with CAD workstation peripherals. Voice operated microphone switch toggles system on or off. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: BUTLER-IN-A-BOX VENDOR: MasterVoice 10523 Humbolt Street Los Alamitos, CA 90720 (213) 594-6581 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Butler-In-A-Box is a voice-activated environmental control system with speech output. Once the user has trained the Butler to recognize the user's voice and commands, the commands activate appliances: lights, TV, stereo, etc. Appliances may be set to turn on or off at particular times and are activated remotely using BSR X-10 remote control modules. A telephone allows the user to remote-dial, answer and speak on the phone. Butler-In-A-Box may also be programmed to respond vocally and to detect the presence of intruders and request them to identify themselves. The device is equipped to act as a voice input unit for the IBM PC. Various appliance control units (lamp control, thermostat control, etc.) are available. __________________________________________________________________ 84 Technology for Persons with Mobility Impairments PRODUCT: CINTEX VENDOR: NanoPac 4833 South Sheridan Rd. - suite 402 Tulsa, OK 74145-5718 (918) 252-2959 ˙ (918) 665-0329 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: CINTEX is a software product allowing computer input by an eyebrow switch, a sip-n-puff switch, joystick or other contact switches. It offers functions for word processing and word prediction, printing, appliance and environmental control, telephone support, games, music composition and calculator use. A speech output and voice input function can recognize repeated sounds. The word processor contains anticipatory arrays providing word prediction, reducing the time to form words and sentences. Its environmental controller operates up to 256 household devices. Telephone support includes automatic dialing, switch to speaker phone, touch or pulse dialing and easy touch-tone access. The word processor accepts and stores musical notes allowing the user to compose music. The system provides musical playback without additional hardware. Full keyboard support is provided for those using mouthsticks or head pointers. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: HOME AUTOMATION LINK (HAL-ES) VENDOR: Voice Connection 17835 Skypark Circle - Suite C Irvine, CA 92714 (714) 261-2366 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Home Automation Link (HAL-ES) is a multitasking PC system controlled entirely by voice. The complete voice-controlled IntroVoice VI (500 words) system allows a person to operate the computer, including word processing, electronic spread sheets, database management, programming, computer-aided drawing (CAD/CAM and AUTOCAD or VERSACAD) by voice - no mouse. The ability to bypass or augment keyboard operation is a significant capability by voice, used in learning, access, environmental control and communications. Two programs operate simultaneously: the environmental program runs in background memory and the working program in foreground memory, allowing a user to work and control the computer at the same time. IntroVoice VI, a speech recognition/synthesis card, converts spoken words into commands or data. Multiple key data entry is controlled by the spoken word, allowing the disabled to run word processing by "speaking out." IntroVoice V can be housed in an IBM AT or XT hooked up to BSR, a Rogers PC Monitor Board, a 32 Relay Control Board and modems. __________________________________________________________________ Voice Recognition 85 PRODUCT: IBM PC VOICE ACTIVATED KEYBOARD UTILITY VENDOR: IBM Corporation IBM Telemarketing Ops: Systems Products One Culver Rd. Dayton, NJ 09910 (800) 426-2468 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: The IBM PC Voice Activated Keyboard Utility program uses the voice recognition component of the IBM Personal Computer Voice Communications option. It allows control of IBM PC application programs through voice commands. See page number under "Technology" in the table of contents for a detailed description. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: INTROVOICE III VENDOR: Voice Connection 17835 Skypark Circle - Suite C Irvine, CA 92714 (714) 261-2366 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: IntroVoice III is a combination keyboard and voice input system for an IBM PC, AT and XT. The keyboard offers separate numeric and cursor keypads, top-row function keys and a voice on/off key. The voice input system recognizes utterances of up to 1.25 seconds in length and programs a particular character string (1 to 76 characters long) for each trained utterance the user speaks into the microphone. The user constructs separate vocabularies for each application and stores (maximum 160 words per vocabulary). Software includes a program to create and store vocabulary, one to load an applications program and its vocabulary by voice and one with pre-programmed vocabularies for some popular applications. IntroVoice III comes with a microphone, manual and software and is portable. __________________________________________________________________ 86 Technology for Persons with Mobility Impairments PRODUCT: INTROVOICE V VENDOR: Voice Connection 17835 Skypark Circle - Suite C Irvine, CA 92714 (714) 261-2366 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: IntroVoice V is a voice input system for the IBM PC, XT/AT and PS/2 Model 30. The user trains the system to recognize certain spoken utterances (up to 1.25 seconds long) and then programs these utterances to trigger strings of characters. When the user speaks a trained utterance into the system's microphone, the programmed string of characters is sent to the computer as if it were input from the keyboard. Sets of trained utterances may be created for each application program; these vocabularies can contain up to 500 utterances each. The number of characters triggered by each utterance depends on memory; the maximum number of characters is 1,000. The microphone can be turned on and off by voice command. Software provided includes a program to assist the user in creating vocabularies, as well as one with predetermined vocabularies for certain popular applications. The system includes a PC board, microphone, manual and software; it can be hooked up to DECTalk or Speech Plus for output for the blind to say and hear voice input and output. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: INTROVOICE VI VENDOR: Voice Connection 17835 Skypark Circle - Suite C Irvine, CA 92714 (714) 261-2366 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: IntroVoice VI is a complete voice input/output system designed for the IBM PC, XT and AT. The compact half-size circuit board combines voice recognition of 500 words with 98 percent accuracy and also provides unlimited text-to-speech synthesis. IntroVoice VI listens to commands and responds by sending keystrokes to the computer and text to the synthesizer for audio output verification and prompting. Both voice input and output can be used with any IBM application program, with no modification to existing software. Voice recognition and synthesis character strings are easily defined by the Voice Utility Program (VUP) supplied with the system. __________________________________________________________________ Voice Recognition 87 PRODUCT: KURZWEIL VOICESYSTEM (KVS) VENDOR: Kurzweil Applied Intelligence Inc. 411 Waverley Oaks Rd. Waltham, MA 02154 (617) 893-5151 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: The Kurzweil Voicesystem (KVS) is a device that allows spoken words and phrases to serve as input to a computer. It can recognize up to 1000 user-programmable utterances, each of which can be up to several seconds long. Different users can store different vocabularies. Voicesystem is hooked to the computer through the RS-232 serial port. Software is available to allow the user to define Voicesystem's input as keyboard input in order to allow standard software to be run transparently. Contact the manufacturer for details. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: KURZWEIL VOICEWORKS (KVW) VENDOR: Kurzweil Applied Intelligence Inc. 411 Waverley Oaks Rd. Waltham, MA 02154 (617) 893-5151 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: The Kurzweil Voiceworks (KVW) is a speech recognition system for creating written text and documents. With its 20,000 word vocabulary and advanced word processing features, the KVW can display, edit, process, store and print documents by having the user speak the commands. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: PRONOUNCE VENDOR: MTI Inc. 14711 N.E. 29th Pl. - Suite 245 Bellevue, WA 98007 (800) 325-9206 ˙ (206) 881-1789 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Pronounce is a voice input system for the IBM PC consisting of a microphone, a circuit card and special software. Pronounce learns a word or phrase after being exposed to it once. The user defines the utterances stored as commands for any standard software. Up to 128 utterances of 0.5 to 2 seconds' duration can be stored in a single vocabulary, and the number of vocabularies possible is limited only by available memory of the computer. Utterances of several words can also be interlinked. Commands triggered may be up to 255 keystrokes long. Pronounce requires 68K of RAM and works with most MS-DOS and PC-DOS software. Contact the manufacturer regarding compatibility of software. __________________________________________________________________ 88 Technology for Persons with Mobility Impairments PRODUCT: PTVC-756 (PORTABLE TRANSACTION VOICE COMPUTER) VENDOR: Voice Connection 17835 Skypark Circle - Suite C Irvine, CA 92714 (714) 261-2366 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Voice Connection announces the world's first Portable Voice Data Logger. The PTVC is a self-contained battery-powered data entry device consisting of a Telxon Portable Transaction Computer (PTC) with a built-in IntroVoice recognition and synthesis unit. This hand-held microcomputer with Voice I/O collects and delivers information faster and more accurately. The PTVC is ideal for a warehouse or in-plant applications such as onsite data collection in retail, wholesale and industrial facilities - inventory management, meter reading, real estate estimation, shipping, receiving, military data collection and material handling. Increase productivity with bar code and voice. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: R/S II SERIES WIRELESS LINK VENDOR: Communications Applied Technology 11150-14 Roger Bacon Dr. Reston, VA 22090 (703) 481-0068 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: The R/S II Series Wireless Link system transmits speech from a remote location to the voice input module of a computer. The user speaks into a microphone connected to a portable transmitter sending the signal via radio wave to a stationary receiver unit connected to a computer's voice input module. The R/S II Series can be equipped with input circuitry to accept audio signals sent back from the computer. The Series does not actually provide input to a computer, but transmits audio to an existing voice input module hooked up to an existing computer. It works with any voice input module. An IBM PC type expansion board version of the base radio is available. Cost includes headset, housing for 10-hour duty cycle, battery pack, charger, base radio and interconnect cable to recognizer. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: SPEECH RECOGNITION BOARD VENDOR: International Voice Products 14251-B Chambers Rd. Tustin, CA 92680 (714) 544-1711 ˙ 714/544-4045FAX PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Connected speech recognition board. __________________________________________________________________ Voice Recognition 89 PRODUCT: THE PERSONAL COMPANION VENDOR: Transceptor Technologies Inc. 2001 Commonwealth Blvd. - Suite 205 Ann Arbor, MI 48105 (313) 996-1899 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: The Personal Companion is a machine that talks - it reads newspapers and magazines, dials and answers the phone, enters checkbook data, takes notes and files information. These functions are performed by a person speaking to the Companion. This voice-driven communication system is for blind, visually-impaired and physically impaired users. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: VOCALINK SERIES 4000 VENDOR: International Voice Products 14251-B Chambers Rd. Tustin, CA 92680 (714) 544-1711 ˙ 714/544-4045FAX PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: VocaLink Series 4000 is a voice recognition system that provides voice input to a computer. The user trains the system to recognize certain spoken utterances (1 to 2 seconds long) and to associate each one with a character or string of characters that can be sent to a computer as input. The Series 4000 will accept continuous speech; unnatural pauses between words are not necessary. Up to 100 words or phrases may be stored in memory, and vocabularies for different users or different applications may be stored on cartridges and loaded when needed. Software is provided to train the user. The VocaLink Series 4000 is an external unit. The system sends ASCII characters as input to the computer via an RS-232 interface. A headset with microphone is provided. A more extensive software package for vocabulary management, the Voice Planner, is also available (extra). __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: VOCALINK SPEECH RECOGNITION BOARD (SRB-LC II) VENDOR: International Voice Products 14251-B Chambers Rd. Tustin, CA 92680 (714) 544-1711 ˙ 714/544-4045FAX PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: The VocaLink Speech Recognition Board (SRB-LC II), a voice recognition/voice response device for the IBM PC and compatibles, recognizes the user's voice pattern for each word or command used. Once trained, the device recognizes vocabulary with 99 percent accuracy. It does not occupy any of the computer's available memory while operating. The keyboard remains active while the CSRB is in use. Software is provided to help create vocabularies. Starter vocabularies are provided for some popular applications programs. It provides voice digitization, recording/playback and telephone I/O. __________________________________________________________________ 90 Technology for Persons with Mobility Impairments PRODUCT: VOICE CARD VENDOR: Votan 4487 Technology Drive Fremont, CA 94538-6377 (415) 490-7600 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Voice Card is a plug-in circuit card for the IBM PC that provides for entering data and commands by voice. Utterances of more than one word can be recognized when spoken continuously (without pauses). The card's memory stores up to 300 continuous voice templates and up to 425 isolated (one-word) voice templates. Additional templates may be stored in memory and retrieved when needed. The keyboard continues to operate while the Voice Card is engaged. The Voice Card can digitize, store and play back speech, so pre-recorded speech output can be added to programs with the card. Input and output for the Voice card can be transmitted via telephone. Several software options are available, including VoiceKey (to allow a single utterance to trigger a sequence of up to 80 characters) and a Software Development Toolkit (to allow development of various custom applications, including telephone answering and dialing). Software is extra and requires an extra disk drive and 256K RAM. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: VOICE COMMAND VENDOR: Heath/Zenith Educational Systems P.O. Box 377 St. Joseph, MI 49085 (616) 982-3341 ˙ FAX/616-9252949 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Voice Command is a voice-controlled workstation designed for use by persons who are quadriplegic or with upper body restrictions. The computer-based, robotic arm workstation allows persons to become more productive and self-sufficient. Voice Command features a programmable robotic arm and a telephone management system. The systems operate most MS/DOS software. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: VOICE COMMUNICATIONS OPTION VENDOR: IBM Corporation Contact your local IBM branch office (800) 426-2468 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: The IBM PC Voice Communications Option allows for voice recognition, speech synthesis, variable speed data communication through emulation, message recording/playback, phone system management and line monitoring. It adds specialized processing capability to emulate a modem, record and play back voice (audio), recognize voice commands, convert text to speech and recognize and issue telephony signals for the IBM PC, XT and AT. __________________________________________________________________ Voice Recognition 91 PRODUCT: VOICE DRIVE VENDOR: Supersoft P.O. Box 611328 San Jose, CA 95161-1328 (408) 745-0234 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Voice Drive enables the user to substitute voice commands for keystrokes; it is menu driven, uses the Tecmar Voice Recognition Board, has a 100-word vocabulary and works with graphics pad spreadsheet program. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: VOICE INTERACTIVE COMPUTING VENDOR: Hy-Tek Manufacturing Company Adaptive Systems Division 1980 Route 30 Sugar Grove, IL 60554 (312) 466-7664 ˙ (312) 587-1207 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: The Voice Interactive Computer allows the user to run popular business and educational programs with voice input and to communicate using an optional modem, voice output and emulator systems. It aids the user in operating computer functions such as print, copy, type and format. Voice patterns are stored and used for input as keyed data. The voice input system adapts to vocal changes over time, reducing the need to retrain. Voice variation as a result of physical disability is compensated by internal programming, tolerance and vocabulary enhancement. Voice output options include most synthesizers and review programs. Adaptive microphone designs include a headset, desk mount, throat mount and wireless design. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: VOICE MASTER KEY VENDOR: Covox Inc. 675 Conger St. Eugene, OR 97402 (503) 342-1271 ˙ FAX503/342-1283 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Voice Master Key is a desktop utility allowing the user to add voice commands to existing programs. It turns any series of keystroke entries into macros commanded by voice. The user may say "zoom" or "magnify" instead of moving a mouse and may perform functions by voice: "italic" or "check spelling" or "print." It operates with most business programs, including Lotus 1-2-3, WordPerfect, DBase III and Wordstar. The package includes developer software for speech and sound recording and editing. __________________________________________________________________ 92 Technology for Persons with Mobility Impairments PRODUCT: VOICEBOX VENDOR: Computer Voice Systems Inc. 254 West 35th St. - 16th floor New York, NY 10001 (212) 736-1972 ˙ 212/736-3664FAX PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: The VOICEBOX is a computer voice recognition system available for IBM PCs and compatibles. It includes software and manuals, and it comes with overlays for DOS and Lotus 1-2-3. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: VOICECAD VENDOR: Voice Technologies 120 Village Square - #143 Orinda, CA 94563 (415) 283-7586 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: VoiceCAD is an alternative input device for creating AutoCAD drawings. Voice input simplifies and enhances the input process by allowing the user to focus attention on the drawing rather than on the input procedure. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: VOICESCRIBE-1000 VENDOR: Dragon Systems Inc. Chapel Bridge Park 90 Bridge Street Newton, MA 02158 (617) 965-5200 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: VoiceScribe-1000 is a voice input system with a potential 1000-word vocabulary. The user trains the system to recognize certain utterances (short words or phrases) and associates each one with a particular input to the computer. When the user speaks a trained utterance into a microphone, the programmed character or string of characters is sent to the computer. The package consists of an internal circuit card for the IBM PC, voice recognition software, documentation and the DragonKEY voice activated keyboard utility software, which allows the system to interface with most MS-DOS PC software. __________________________________________________________________ Voice Recognition 93 PRODUCT: VTR 6050 SERIES II VENDOR: Votan 4487 Technology Drive Fremont, CA 94538-6377 (415) 490-7600 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: The VTR 6050 Series II voice terminal allows voice to be used as input to any computer accepting RS-232 input. The user programs the VTR 6050 unit to associate certain utterances with strings of ASCII characters (up to 30 characters in length). These strings can then be sent to the host computer as RS-232 input. Up to 20 strings can be stored in a buffer before being transmitted. Individual vocabularies of utterances can contain up to 150 words; the number of potential vocabularies is limited only by the amount of memory accessible to the VTR 6050. The VTR 6050 accepts and executes commands sent from the host computer and can digitize, store and play back voice messages. Input and output can be sent via telephone. The VTR also has a built-in floppy drive for extra vocabulary storage. __________________________________________________________________ 94 Technology for Persons with Mobility Impairments Electronic Environment Control To be self-sufficient is fundamental to one's sense of independence and initiative. For an individual with a disability, accessing appliances and other household items is essential in developing independent living skills. Using accessories connected to an IBM Personal Computer, a radio, television, telephone, air conditioning or heating unit, motorized drapes or most any other electrical device can be operated. For example, a voice recognition system may be programmed to recognize commands given by the user's voice and, thus, activate certain appliances. PRODUCT: ACS MEDICOM COMPUTER SYSTEM VENDOR: ACS Telecom 25825 Eshelman Ave. Lomita, CA 90717 (213) 325-3055 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: ACS Medicom Computer System is a complete system for communication, environmental control and computer access based on two IBM PCs. The PCs are connected as a parallel system and allow access to all IBM PC software. Two input systems are provided: voice and switch/body movement. The voice input system allows the user to create vocabularies which the computer will recognize and accept. The switch/body movement output system allows the user to enter data with a single switch, multiple switches or a joystick. A voice output option reads the screen via a speech synthesizer. With the ACS Medicom Computer System, the user may run standard software, control various appliances with BSR X-10 control modules, dial and talk on the telephone or communicate via computer networks. The system may be used for wheelchair and robotics control. Expansion options are available. Cost varies depending on features. ACS conducts research in rehabilitation technology. __________________________________________________________________ Electronic Environment Control 95 PRODUCT: BUTLER-IN-A-BOX VENDOR: MasterVoice 10523 Humbolt Street Los Alamitos, CA 90720 (213) 594-6581 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Butler-In-A-Box is a voice-activated environmental control system with speech output. Once the user has trained the Butler to recognize the user's voice and commands, the commands activate appliances: lights, TV, stereo, etc. Appliances may be set to turn on or off at particular times and are activated remotely using BSR X-10 remote control modules. A telephone allows the user to remote-dial, answer and speak on the phone. Butler-In-A-Box may also be programmed to respond vocally and to detect the presence of intruders and request them to identify themselves. The device is equipped to act as a voice input unit for the IBM PC. Various appliance control units (lamp control, thermostat control, etc.) are available. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: CONTROL 1 VENDOR: Prentke Romich Company 1022 Heyl Rd. Wooster, OH 44691 (800) 642-8255 ˙ (216) 262-1984 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Control 1 is an environmental control unit with eight control receptacles that operates various electrical devices and a telephone. Control 1 operates any telephone (including speakerphones, cordless phones and handsets mounted on a gooseneck) and stores up to ten phone numbers. It may be controlled by a dual switch, a communication aid or a microcomputer. If desired, the user may customize software to operate the Control 1. The device may also be used to control data output to a computer. Eight control receptacles are included and, with optional control modules (extra), the user may control up to 256 devices. Options include Television Channel Selector (factory modification may be required for some TVs) and Call Signal 2. Additional options/adapters are available; additional accessories are required for operation. __________________________________________________________________ 96 Technology for Persons with Mobility Impairments PRODUCT: EYETYPER MODEL 300 VENDOR: Sentient Systems Technology Inc. 5001 Baum Blvd. Pittsburgh, PA 15213 (412) 682-0144 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: EyeTyper Model 300 is an electronic keyboard and portable communication aid controlled by eye gaze. The device is placed 11" in front of the user's eyes for selecting letters, numbers or commands by gazing at the appropriate positions. Longer units may be typed using two-gaze combinations. Vocabulary may be programmed by the user with the eyes, from an external keyboard or by loading from disk. Text is displayed on a 40-character display and spoken by a built-in speech synthesizer. Overlays may be purchased or made. Options include a printer, an external display and an external keyboard for programming vocabulary. A built-in keyboard emulating interface is provided, permitting the EyeTyper to be used as an alternate computer keyboard or to run an environmental control system. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: FREEWHEEL HEAD POINTING SYSTEM VENDOR: Pointer Systems Inc. One Mill Street Burlington, VT 05401 (800) 537-1562 ˙ (802) 658-3260 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: The FreeWheel Head Pointing System provides computer access for people whose disabilities prevent them from using their hands on a regular keyboard. An optical pointer provides control of a special cursor, plus menu selection capability. The keyboard appears as a visual image, placed over the screen display. The system allows a person to move a cursor around a monitor screen by using head motion. The reflector may be placed where movement is best with the camera positioned accordingly. The optical camera has a standard input jack which makes it compatible with any stock input switch. The visual keyboard can be "dragged" to any position on the monitor and can disappear on command. A "common word" feature completes words to speed up data entry. FreeWheel can be used for environmental control purposes (lights and appliances) with the X-10 Powerhouse. Applications include word processing, spreadsheets, data communications, desktop publishing, CAD/CAM and programming. __________________________________________________________________ Electronic Environment Control 97 PRODUCT: HOME AUTOMATION LINK (HAL-ES) VENDOR: Voice Connection 17835 Skypark Circle - Suite C Irvine, CA 92714 (714) 261-2366 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Home Automation Link (HAL-ES) is a multitasking PC system controlled entirely by voice. The complete voice-controlled IntroVoice VI (500 words) system allows a person to operate the computer, including word processing, electronic spread sheets, database management, programming, computer-aided drawing (CAD/CAM and AUTOCAD or VERSACAD) by voice - no mouse. The ability to bypass or augment keyboard operation is a significant capability by voice, used in learning, access, environmental control and communications. Two programs operate simultaneously: the environmental program runs in background memory and the working program in foreground memory, allowing a user to work and control the computer at the same time. IntroVoice VI, a speech recognition/synthesis card, converts spoken words into commands or data. Multiple key data entry is controlled by the spoken word, allowing the disabled to run word processing by "speaking out." IntroVoice V can be housed in an IBM AT or XT hooked up to BSR, a Rogers PC Monitor Board, a 32 Relay Control Board and modems. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: HOT LINE VENDOR: General Information Inc. 401 Parkplace - Suite 305 Kirkland, WA 98033 (206) 828-4777 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Hot Line is an electronic telephone directory and automatic dialer with over 2,000 phone numbers of major companies, government agencies and institutions. It also allows users to add up to 65,000 personal numbers. Hot Line can be used with a modem to place local, long distance, international and credit card calls and has a pop-up speed dialer for important numbers. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: LIAISON VENDOR: DU-IT Control Systems Group Inc. 8765 Township Rd. Shreve, OH 44676-9421 (216) 567-2906 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: LIAISON is a spinal-cord-injured independent computer work-station for high-level spinal-cord-injured quadriplegic children and adults. Using a DU-IT wheelchair system and a LIAISON, the user can, without assistance, approach the computer and via infrared remote turn it on; run any program and enter data; graphically position as with a mouse, tablet or joystick; concurrently use the telephone; and operate other peripheral accessories. It also operates with Environment Control Functions and may be operated as a stand-alone accessory. __________________________________________________________________ 98 Technology for Persons with Mobility Impairments PRODUCT: LIFESTYLE PERSONAL COMMUNICATOR VENDOR: Cascade Medical 10180 Viking Drive Eden Prairie, MN 55344 (612) 941-7345 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: The Lifestyle Personal Communicator, a two-way communication device for people with speech impairments, incorporates a voice synthesizer, connects to telephones to communicate with computers, TDDs/TTYs and has a changeable 253 message memory. Pocket size and weighing 18 ounces, the voice synthesizer speaks to listening people over the phone or in person, has a 1700 word vocabulary, can pre-record messages and has the capability for voice synthesis when words are spelled out. It records messages from computers, TDDs and TTYs; indicates busy signal, ringing or response; and dials phone numbers from memory. It signals incoming calls by alarm, vibrator or flashing light. The word processing function allows many words and phrases to be typed with one keystroke and saves messages in memory for transmission later. The device has clock, calendar and calculator functions. It has a 40 character liquid crystal display with .33 inch character height. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: LIGHT TALKER VENDOR: Prentke Romich Company 1022 Heyl Rd. Wooster, OH 44691 (800) 642-8255 ˙ (216) 262-1984 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Light Talker is an electronic communication aid with synthesized speech output and optional printer or keyboard emulating output. Selection can be direct with an optical head pointer or by scanning with switches (extra). Automatic scanning (single switch), row-and-column scanning (dual switch), directed scanning (multiple switches) and Morse Code (two or three switches) are all possible. The Light Talker can be used with Minspeak firmware to allow vocabulary to be stored by abbreviation expansion or semantic compaction. Light Talker can also operate an environmental control system. Options include an external printer, a keyboard emulating interface that works with kits for converting the keyboard to 8 or 32 positions, rather than the usual 128. __________________________________________________________________ Electronic Environment Control 99 PRODUCT: ROBOTIC WORKSTATION ATTENDANT VENDOR: Regenesis Development Corporation 1046 Deep Cove Rd. North Vancouver, BC, V7G 1S3 Canada (604) 929-6663 ˙ 604/929-3316FAX PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Persons with the most severe disabilities will be able to control many work and personal tasks independently with this robotic workstation attendant. It can retrieve files, manuals, turn pages and safely handle diskettes and telephone handsets. The robotic arm can be controlled with IBM PCs and compatibles. A variety of input control options are available, including voice, keyboard, expanded keyboard and single/dual switch morese code or row scanning. It weighs 18 pounds and can be easily moved from one workstation to another. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: SMARTHOME I VENDOR: CyberLYNX Computer Products Inc. 2885 E. Aurora Ave. - Suite 13 Boulder, CO 80303 (303) 444-7733 ˙ 303/444-9062FAX PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Smarthome, an environmental control and alarm system, controls appliances or a telephone and up to sixteen sensor/transmitters via VHF radio transmission and sixteen control modules via powerline carrier. Smarthome automatically sends telephone messages in emergency situations. The system may be controlled by time of day, entry to a computer, a handheld transmitter or a personal emergency transmitter. Smarthome can be controlled by an IBM computer with an RS-232 interface. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: TOUCH TALKER VENDOR: Prentke Romich Company 1022 Heyl Rd. Wooster, OH 44691 (800) 642-8255 ˙ (216) 262-1984 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Touch Talker is a portable electronic communication aid offering synthesized speech output and optional printer or keyboard emulating output. Selections are made by pushing keys on the membrane keyboard. Messages may be viewed on an LCD display before being spoken. The Touch Talker may be used with Minspeak Firmware to allow vocabulary to be stored and recalled by semantic compaction. Touch Talker also operates an environmental control system; options include an external printer, a keyboard emulating interface and kits for converting the keyboard to 8 or 32 positions (rather than 128) and three application software packages. __________________________________________________________________ 100 Technology for Persons with Mobility Impairments PRODUCT: WIRELESS DATA TRANSMISSION SYSTEM VENDOR: Prentke Romich Company 1022 Heyl Rd. Wooster, OH 44691 (800) 642-8255 ˙ (216) 262-1984 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Wireless Data Transmission System, a portable transmitter and stationary receiver, transmits ASCII output from a PC or communication aid to a stationary computer or environmental control system. The small portable transmitter connects to the portable input device (computer or communication aid) and transmits output via radio waves to a stationary transmitter connected to the computer or environmental control system. The transmitter unit receives power from the portable input device, and the receiver gets power from the host stationary device. An alternative power source may be required for the transmitter. Various portable input devices and stationary computers or environmental controls work with the system. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: X-10 HOME CONTROL INTERFACE VENDOR: X-10 (USA) Inc. 185A LeGrand Ave. Northvale, NJ 07647 (201) 784-9700 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: X-10 Home Control Interface is a system for remote appliance control using an IBM PC (not included). The system includes software. The interface does not tie up the computer. __________________________________________________________________ Electronic Environment Control 101 102 Technology for Persons with Mobility Impairments Alternatives to Printed Documentation This section provides the names of vendors or organizations who produce software and hardware documentation for persons needing documentation in other than printed format. PRODUCT: 1-2-3 LEARNING DISK VENDOR: Hands-On Learning Corporation 27 Cambridge Street Burlington, MA 01803 (617) 272-0088 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: This is a training product for Lotus 1-2-3 that provides instruction to user. An alternative to the application's documentation and tutorial material. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: BOOKMANAGER VENDOR: IBM Corporation Contact your local IBM branch office (800) 426-2468 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: IBM BookManager is an online book product consisting of two programs, READ and BUILD. READ (5684-062) helps users view online information, track topics take electronic notes and mark a place to return to later. BUILD (5684-026) converts source files for printed books into online books. Used with screen reading products, this program makes more information available to blind users. Users with mobility problems can also use BookManager to increase efficiency in accessing more sources of information. Callers should tell the IBM branch that online books are available via PROFS: LEXVM2(BRAILLE). __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: BOSTON DOC VENDOR: Boston Documentation Design Inc. 125 Adams St. - Suite 301 Newton, MA 02158 (617) 965-5300 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Disk-based reference guides for Lotus 1-2-3 and MS-DOS. With Boston Doc running in the background, a user can switch back and forth between the user's guide and the application program. Key terms on each screen are cross-referenced, allowing users to continue to learn more about a certain command or function by passing to another screen with a few keystrokes. MS-DOS is described in 250 screens, and Lotus 1-2-3 in 360 screens. Available in 5.25" and 3.5" diskette format. __________________________________________________________________ Alternatives to Printed Documentation 103 PRODUCT: DOS HELP! VENDOR: Flambeaux Software 1147 E. Broadway - #56 Glendale, CA 91205 (818) 500-0044 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Online help for DOS. Standard DOS manual explanations and examples. Additional information may be obtained by selecting highlighted key phrases on each help screen. It can be run from the command line or made resident. Package includes a tutorial. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: DOS-HELPER VENDOR: Aristo Computers Inc. 6700 SW 105th Ave. - Suite 307 Portland, OR 97005 (800) 3ARISTO ˙ (503) 626-6333 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: This online help system for DOS 2.0 to 3.2 covers all DOS and debug commands and most other topics in DOS manual. Both standard and RAM-resident versions are included. Users may easily add their own help files (may be used as a general help system). __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: DS TUTOR VENDOR: Design Software 19808 Nordhoff Pl. Chatsworth, CA 91311 (818) 885-9000 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: DS Tutor is a DOS tutorial which opens with a brief overview of the computer's hardware, such as the keyboard, disk drives and video monitor. It continues with "DOS Overview," "DOS Command Line" and "DOS Transient Commands." __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: EASY DOS 3.2 VENDOR: Easyware Software Development Corporation 940 East 7th Place Mesa, AZ 85203 (602) 969-7957 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: This software provides online help with any PC-DOS command as well as lessons on how to use them. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: HELP-ME WITH DOS VENDOR: Public Brand Software P.O. Box 51315 Indianapolis, IN 46251 (800) 426-DISK ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: This DOS tutorial offers users a reference guide to 40 DOS commands and error messages and includes definitions, applications, variations and examples. The program is available for free on selected bulletin boards, through shareware houses and from the company. __________________________________________________________________ 104 Technology for Persons with Mobility Impairments PRODUCT: IBM DISPLAYWRITE 3 LEARNING DISK VENDOR: Hands-On Learning Corporation 27 Cambridge Street Burlington, MA 01803 (617) 272-0088 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: This training product for IBM DisplayWrite 3 provides instructions and is an alternative to the application's documentation and tutorial material. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: MULTIMATE LEARNING DISK VENDOR: Hands-On Learning Corporation 27 Cambridge Street Burlington, MA 01803 (617) 272-0088 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: This training product for Multimate provides instructions and is an alternative to the application's documentation and tutorial material. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: ONLINE BOOKS VENDOR: Computerized Books for the Blind 33 Corbin Hall University of Montana Missoula, MT 59812 (406) 243-5481 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Computerized Books for the Blind (CBFB) is a nonprofit organization devoted to providing written information in computer-accessible format to disabled persons. CBFB accepts requests from registered members and attempts to provide the written material in computer format compatible with the individual member's equipment. Current titles include computer-related texts, Borland manuals, Microsoft's manuals and IBM Manuals. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: ONLINE DOCUMENTATION VENDOR: IBM Corporation Contact your local IBM branch office (800) 426-2468 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: IBM provides some of its publications in machine readable form for persons with disabilities. The publications are provided on a user-supplied 3420 tape or 3480 cartridge. More information about the products and titles available is provided by your local IBM branch office - through the IBM PROFS network: LEXVM2(BRAILLE). __________________________________________________________________ Alternatives to Printed Documentation 105 PRODUCT: TECH HELP! VENDOR: Flambeaux Software 1147 E. Broadway - #56 Glendale, CA 91205 (818) 500-0044 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: This online help tool for DOS gives programmers an encyclopedia of details from the DOS and hardware Technical Reference manuals and other sources. It describes DOS interrupts and functions, file headers, switch settings, video attributes, I/O control, differences between DOS versions and more. It runs from the command line or is resident. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: TEXT SCANNING VENDOR: Media Conversion Corporation 320 North Michigan Ave. - Suite 1202 Chicago, IL 60601 (312) 346-0102 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Text scanning to disk or tape. Typed or typeset documents converted to any disk or tape format. Books, directories, catalogs, photocopy printouts, etc. Also disk and tape conversion to most computer systems. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: TEXT SCANNING VENDOR: 1st Run Computer Services 1261 Broadway - Suite 508 New York, NY 10001 (212) 779-0800 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Text scanning provided by user sending a document to this company. OCR text scanning to disk in Wordstar, Multimate, DisplayWrite, Word Perfect, ASCII and others. Scanning of typeset books, manuals, publications, 6-24 point including roman and italic. Disk/tape conversions (bi-directional from PC, WP, 9-track tape and CP/M-DOS). __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: WORDCRUNCHER FOR WORDPERFECT VENDOR: Grassroots Computing P.O. Box 460 Berkeley, CA 94701 (415) 644-1855 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: "WordCruncher for WordPerfect" manuals on disk are available for WordPerfect, DataPerfect, PlanPerfect, Library and Executive. Complete documentation for all WordPerfect products. Included is a set of instructional cassettes. Can be used with voice synthesizers. __________________________________________________________________ 106 Technology for Persons with Mobility Impairments PRODUCT: WORDPERFECT LEARNING DISK VENDOR: Hands-On Learning Corporation 27 Cambridge Street Burlington, MA 01803 (617) 272-0088 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: This training product for WordPerfect provides instructions and is an alternative to the application's documentation and tutorial material. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: WORDPERFECT MANUAL ON DISKETTE VENDOR: WordPerfect Corporation 266 W. Center Street Orem, UT 84057 (801) 227-4020 ˙ (801) 225-5000 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: WordPerfect is a word processing package for DOS. The printed manual for this product is also available on diskette and therefore accessible to disabled individuals. __________________________________________________________________ Alternatives to Printed Documentation 107 108 Technology for Persons with Mobility Impairments Word Processing Word processing products are probably the most commonly used micro-computer software. There are hundreds to choose from, with a wide range of prices and functions. Products which accommodate a mobility-impaired person are included in this list. For example, products to improve the key entry process by "guessing" the word or phrase after just a few letters are entered. And, of course, many word processing products today include spelling checkers - a function helpful to many users. PRODUCT: CACTI WORD PROCESSOR VENDOR: Cacti Computer Services 130 9th Street SW Portage la Prai Manitoba, R1N 2N4 Canada (204) 857-8675 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Cacti Computer Services will write custom software for IBM computers if a disabled person is unable to find appropriate software for a particular purpose. One program is a simple word processor which operates without the requirement of using multiple keys (e.g., control-P) for some functions. It performs many basic word processing functions (save, load, insert, delete), but does not perform fancier functions such as block moves. Everything is controlled with single keystrokes. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: CINTEX VENDOR: NanoPac 4833 South Sheridan Rd. - suite 402 Tulsa, OK 74145-5718 (918) 252-2959 ˙ (918) 665-0329 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: CINTEX is a software product allowing computer input by an eyebrow switch, a sip-n-puff switch, joystick or other contact switches. It offers functions for word processing and word prediction, printing, appliance and environmental control, telephone support, games, music composition and calculator use. A speech output and voice input function can recognize repeated sounds. The word processor contains anticipatory arrays providing word prediction, reducing the time to form words and sentences. Its environmental controller operates up to 256 household devices. Telephone support includes automatic dialing, switch to speaker phone, touch or pulse dialing and easy touch-tone access. The word processor accepts and stores musical notes allowing the user to compose music. The system provides musical playback without additional hardware. Full keyboard support is provided for those using mouthsticks or head pointers. __________________________________________________________________ Word Processing 109 PRODUCT: DISPLAYWRITE 4 VENDOR: IBM Corporation Contact your local IBM branch office (800) 426-2468 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: IBM DisplayWrite 4 is a full-function, menu-driven word processor with all the functions of DisplayWrite 1,2 and 3. DisplayWrite 4 includes a new, streamlined user interface with an extensive HELP facility; enhanced document creation, revision and editing capabilities and enhanced data import; and voice/audio support, document interchange and print support. Designed for ease of use, IBM DisplayWrite 4 also features an optional mouse-printing device, a direct link to the IBM System/36, revision marking capability and notepad and paperclip functions. System requirements: PC, PC XT, PPC, DOS 2.1; PC AT, DOS 3.2, 384K. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: FREEDOM WRITER VENDOR: World Communications 245 Tonopah Dr. Fremont, CA 94539 (415) 656-0911 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Freedom Writer is a word processor designed for individuals with disabilities. The user does not have to type - the keyboard can be operated entirely with an "on screen keyboard" and pointing devices such as a mouse, light pen or joystick or a single key from the computer keyboard or single switch or speech input. All steps involved from writing, editing and printing are handled with minimum effort. The user enters complete words and phrases and has instant access to the most commonly used words. In addition to 12,000 fixed words, the user can store up to 5000 words and up to 200 phrases. The Freedom Writer may be used to write computer programs as well as documents. It has all the standard word processing features such as block move, block copy, underlining, heading and footing. Memory requirements are 192 K. A free demo disk is available. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: INLINE VENDOR: Compusense 55 Constitution Dr. Bedford, NH 03102 (603) 472-2088 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: An outliner which offers tools for entering, editing, moving and changing the order of outline entries. It aids the user in unscrambling all the ideas and facts on a particular subject so that they can be set in order. Inline is word processing compatible and can be used to generate business proposals, reports, and shopping list. __________________________________________________________________ 110 Technology for Persons with Mobility Impairments PRODUCT: MINDREADER VENDOR: Brown Bag Software 2155 S. Bascom Ave. Campbell, CA 95008 (800) 523-0764 ˙ (800) 323-5335 PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Mindreader uses Artificial Intelligence to create a word processing system with practical business writing tools. One of the features is Wordcomplete which guesses at the word the user is entering based on the first few letters and provides choices to select from with a single keystroke rather than finishing the word or phrase. The user can customize the word and phrase list. In addition, the program's 2,500 word dictionary tracks the frequency with which the individual uses a word so that the words with the highest frequency are shown in the word-selection window. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: WORDS+ EQUALIZER VENDOR: Adaptive Communication Systems 354 Hookstown Grade Rd. Clinton, PA 15126 (412) 264-2288 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: The Equalizer is an integrated speech output and writing system that includes word processing, drawing, games and music capabilities. Communication is enhanced by large, stored vocabulary, rapid access to frequently-used words, word prediction and automated grammatical functions. It allows for fast communication speed for limited access users and can be used by single stroke, two switch, five switch/joystick or full keyboard users. __________________________________________________________________ PRODUCT: WORDSTAR 2000/H VENDOR: MicroPro International Corporation 33 San Pablo Avenue San Rafael, CA 94903 (800) 227-5609 ˙ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: This is a special version of WordStar 2000 prepared for persons with disabilities. It has been developed with a "sequential-key" capability for users with problems depressing two keys simultaneously, such as using the Control key and "B" or Shift/A. Requests for this product must be submitted in writing to MicroPro, including appropriate payment and directed to "The Office of the President." __________________________________________________________________ Word Processing 111 112 Technology for Persons with Mobility Impairments IBM PC Voice Activated Keyboard Utility The IBM PC Voice Activated Keyboard Utility program uses the voice recognition component of the IBM Personal Computer Voice Communications Option. It allows control of well-behaved IBM PC Application programs through voice commands. Command Vocabularies (called overlays) must be developed for each application. Overlay developers must have DOS familiarity and programming aptitude, as well as knowledge of the application which they wish to drive with voice commands. DESCRIPTION The IBM PC Voice Activated Keyboard Utility works with unmodified well-behaved application programs and provides voice recognition capability for commands and data input for these application programs. The spreadsheet or other application program a user is already using were not designed for voice control. The IBM PC Voice Activated Keyboard Utility works with these applications by turning spoken commands into keystrokes which are sent to the program. The program receives these keystrokes as if they had been typed at the keyboard and executes the keystroke sequence accordingly. The program is not "aware" of the Voice Activated Keyboard Utility's presence. With this utility, an application program can receive input from spoken commands or typed commands. Users must provide to the utility the following information to work with application programs: o The voice commands that may be spoken during execution of the application program o The associated keystroke sequence of a voice command that is to be sent to the application program o The rules for which commands are allowed at a given point in the application program The IBM PC Voice Activated Keyboard Utility application overlay capability allows creation and loading of application specific command vocabularies for the IBM Personal Computer. Certain application programs that run on the IBM Personal Computer include a plastic overlay for the keyboard. Such an overlay reminds the user what functions are initiated by specific keys for the application program. Command Vocabularies are called overlays. The IBM PC Voice Activated Keyboard Utility Application Overlay serves in a similar role as this plastic overlay, but for voice commands. The user may request IBM PC Voice Activated Keyboard Utility to display a list of voice commands to be spoken. IBM PC Voice Activated Keyboard Utility 113 In addition, the IBM PC Voice Activated Utility application overlays include "grammar" support. "Grammar" provides rules about which voice commands are allowed at a given point within the application program. For instance, a spreadsheet program might have a list of over 150 commands, functions and options. However, at a given point within that spreadsheet, perhaps, only some of these are considered "legal" commands, functions and options. Once an application program and its respective IBM PC Voice Activated Keyboard Utility application overlay are installed, the user trains the utility to the user's speech patterns for the vocabulary words in the overlay. The utility includes a training interface for this purpose. Users may gain temporary control of the display and keyboard and may invoke IBM PC Voice Activated Keyboard specific functions such as: o Train new commands, retrain old commands o Define new command names and associated keystroke sequences o Edit command names and associated keystroke sequences The IBM PC Voice Activated Keyboard Utility program diskette contains partial samples of voice command overlays for some IBM programs. These samples are for illustration only and do not imply that these applications will receive productivity improvement from voice commands. They also may not provide the level of vocabulary required by all users of the programs. The Keyboard Utility may be used to customize these vocabularies for individual use. Sample overlays are provides for the following applications: IBM Assistant Series: Filing Assistant, Reporting Assistant, Writing Assistant, Document Retrieval Assistant; IBM PC DOS; IBM DisplayWrite 3; IBM Personal Decision Series: Data Edition, Plans + Edition, Plans Edition, Reports + Edition, Words Edition; IBM Personal Computer Multiplan(TM) by Microsoft. 114 Technology for Persons with Mobility Impairments HIGHLIGHTS o Allows creation of voice command overlays for well-behaved applications of your choice o Especially beneficial for applications where eyes and hand are busy o Listens to spoken commands through attachment of a microphone or telephone to the IBM PC XT or AT with IBM PC Voice Communications adapter o Identifies the spoken command and sends the associated keystroke sequence to the application program o Allows viewing of the voice commands that may be spoken during execution of an application program o Allows viewing of the associated keystroke sequence of a voice command that is sent to the application program o Allows use of the interactive training facility CUSTOMER RESPONSIBILITIES The customer is responsible for program setup and operation, implementation of backup procedure and applicable problem determination procedures. HARDWARE REQUIREMENTS o The IBM PC Voice Communication Options with appropriate telephone connections are required. Part number 6294771. o IBM Personal Computer XT or AT o Memory requirement is 215 KB plus that required for IBM DOS and the application being driven o IBM Color Display with the IBM Color/Graphics Display Adapter or the IBM Monochrome Display with the IBM Monochrome Display and Printer Adapter (the IBM Enhanced Graphics Adapter and IBM Enhanced Color Display are supported with enhanced test mode) o One double-sided (360KB) diskette drive and fixed disk IBM PC Voice Activated Keyboard Utility 115 SOFTWARE REQUIREMENTS o IBM PC Voice Activated Keyboard Utility - part number 6280742 and the product number 6280742 o IBM PC Disk Operation System (DOS) Version 2.1 or higher o IBM PC Voice Communications Operating Subsystem. This is included in the IBM Personal Computer Voice Communication Options o This utility is not compatible with DOS system extensions (such as TopView or the PC network 3270 Program) that interrupt normal BIOS or DOS keystroke datastream buffer operations OTHER SOFTWARE Additional software may work with the IBM PC Voice Communication Option (hardware): o Voice/Phone Assistant - High function answering machine with remote password access and control; voice messages with password access to each; remote touch-tone access with transfer to other suitably programmed, user provided applications. Part number 6280741. o Personal Telephone Manager Program - Phone directory services program with flexible formatting, powerful search capabilities, appointment or call reminders driven by the system clock. Part number 1642004. o Augmented Phone Services - An aid for hearing and/or speech impaired persons to use an IBM PC to conduct phone conversations with hearing persons at touch-tone phones. The IBM PC also acts as an answering machine to store touch-tone keyed messages as text. Part number 6280740. NOTE: Microphones, speakers, telephones, lines and wall outlets are not part of the IBM PC offering and must be purchased separately. Contact your local IBM authorized dealer. 116 Technology for Persons with Mobility Impairments SUPPORT GROUPS ______________ Support groups, including agencies and professional associations, use numerous approaches to disseminate information and direct activities toward a diverse audience. Examples of activities and services provided by these groups include information clearinghouse; database; legislative monitoring; newletters and publications; peer counseling; sponsorship of conferences, workshops and seminars. To reference the national support groups listed by the Center, see our guide, "Technology for Persons with Disabilities - an Introduction." Local and regional support organizations are listed in the Center's "Support Organizations," also available from the Center. Support Groups 117 118 Technology for Persons with Mobility Impairments INDEX _____ +---+ DisplayWrite 4 110 | P | DOS Director 9 +---+ DOS Help! 104 DOS-Helper 104 Products Double Push Panel 59 ABLE-2 Product Family 27, Dreamer 9, 31 54, 83 DS Tutor 104 ABLENET Switch 100 55 Dual Plate Switch 60 ACCESS-ABILITY 28 Dual Pushbutton Switch 60 ACS Medicom Computer Dual Rocking Lever System 28, 83, 95 Switch 60 AID+ME 28 Dual Tongue Switch Air Cushion Switch 55 (TS-2C) 60 Air Cushion Switch (Single Dvorak Keyboard Converter 9 or Dual) 55 Dvorak Keyboard Modification Air Switch 55 Programs 9 Air Switch Kits 56 E Z Com 31 Arm Slot Control 56 Easy DOS 3.2 104 Armslot Switch Controller End-O-Line-Lite 31 (ASC-5) 56 Expanded Computer Asaflex Model TS 56 Keyboards 10 Barrel Switch 57 Eyebrow Switch 61 Bloorview Miniature Eyegaze Computer System 32 Keyboard 29 EyeTyper Model 300 32, 97 Body Switch (BS-1) 57 ezScan 32 BookManager 103 Filch 2.2 10 Boston Doc 103 Finger Flex Switch 61 BUG Voice Command System 84 Firm Grip Joystick Butler-in-a-Box 84, 96 Holder 61 Button Switch 57 Flat Air Cushion Switch 61 Cacti Word Processor 109 Flex Switch 62 Canon Communicator M 29 FlexShield Keyboard Cap Switch 57 Protectors 10 Capacitive Touchplate Footmouse 11 Interface 58 Freeboard Computer Access CINTEX 29, 85, 109 System 33 Clamp-On Bump Switch 58 Freedom Writer 11, 33, 110 CLOSE-UP 8 FreeWheel Head Pointing Computer Entry Terminal System 33, 97 (CET) 30 Fulcrum Trackball Plus 34, Computer Keyboard Switch 58 62 Computer Plate Switch 58 Grasp Switch 62 Control 1 96 Grip Switch 62 CTRL, ALT and SHIFT Key Hand Switch 63 Adaptation 8 HandiWARE 11, 34 Cup Switch 59 Head Control for Cylindrical Touch Switch 59 Wheelchairs 63 Dadacom 30 Head Switch 63 DataGlove Model 2 30 Headband Switch 63 Developmental Lever Help U Type 12 Control 59 Help U Type and Speak 12 Index 119 Help-Me With DOS 104 L.T. Switch 65 Home Automation Link MacroMaster 17 (HAL-ES) 85, 98 Magic Fingers 17 Hot Line 98 Magic Wand Keyboard 38 IBM DisplayWrite 3 Learning Magnetic Finger Switch 67 Disk 105 Maltron Keyboard 18, 39 IBM PC Voice Activated Membrane Keyboard II 39 Keyboard Utility 86, 113 Membrane Plate Switch 67 IDEAPHONE 34 Mercury Tilt Switch 67 Infrared Switch 64 Micro Joystick with Push Inline 110 Switch 67 Intex Talker II 34 Mind Master 39 IntroVoice III 86 MindReader 111 IntroVoice V 87 Mini Cup Switch 68 IntroVoice VI 87 Mini Joystick with Pneumatic Joystick 64 Switch 68 Joystick Interface Mini Joystick with Push Control 64 Switch 68 Joystick with Pad Switch 64 Mini Keyboard 39 Key Tronic Plug-Compatible Mini Rocking Lever Switch Keyboards 12 (MRL-2) 68 Key Tronic Touch Pad Moisture Guard 18 Keyboard 35 Morse Code Drills 40 Keyboard Covers 13 MorseK 40 Keyboard Expander 13, 35 Mounting Switch 69 Keyboard Interfaces 35 Mouse 40 Keyboard Rest 13 Mouse-trak 41 Keyboarding for the Mouthsticks 18 Physically Handicapped 13 Multi-Access Package 41 Keyboarding with One Multimate Learning Disk 105 Hand 14 Multiport 69 Keyguard 14 Neurolink 41, 69 Keyguards 15 Octima Chord Keyboard 18 Keyport 300 and 60 36 One Finger 19 KeyStopper Kit 15 One Finger Keyboard 19 Keyswap 4.0 15 Online Books 105 KeyUp 16, 36 Online Documentation 105 Keyworks 16 OPTIMOUSE 19, 42 KoalaPad plus 37 P-Switch 69 Kurzweil Voicesystem Paddle Panel 70 (KVS) 88 PC AID/PC Serial AID 42 Kurzweil Voiceworks PC King Keyboard 42 (KVW) 88 PC Mini Keyboard 43 Leaf Switch 65 PC Morse Code 43 Left/Right Rocker Switch 65 PC-Pedal 20, 70 Lever Switch 66 PC-TRAC 43 LIAISON 37, 98 Peck 20 Lifestyle Personal Penta Switch 70 Communicator 99 Photo Cell Switch 70 Light Talker 37, 99 Picture Switch Kit 71 Light Touch Lever Switch 66 Pillow Switch 71 Lite Touch 38, 66 Pinch Switch 71 Loc-Dots 16 Plate Switch 71, 72 Locator*Dots 17 Plate Switches 72 Long Range Optical Platform Switch 72 Pointer 38 Pneumatic Switch 73 120 Index PowerPad 44 Touch Pad 46 PRC Joystick (JS-4) 73 Touch Sensitive Joystick Pressure Switch 74 Control 79 Primal Screen 20 Touch Switch 79 Productivity Plus (PRD+) 21 Touch System 47 Pronounce 88 Touch Talker 100 Proportional Keystroke Touch Window 47 Scanner 44 Touchdown Keytop/Keyfront PTVC-756 (Portable Kits 24 Transaction Voice Touchware PC TRANSLATOR 47 Computer) 89 Tread Switch 80 Puff Switch 74 Treadle Switch 80 Puff-Sip 74 Trine System 48 Puffin Morse Code Entry TurboSelect 48 System 44 Twinkle 48, 80 Pushbutton Switch 74 Unicorn Expanded QuicKey 21 Keyboard 49 RDS Speech and Learning Vertical Plate Switch 80 Center System 45 VocaLink Series 4000 90 Regenesis Breath Switch 75 VocaLink Speech Recognition Robotic Workstation Board (SRB-LC II) 90 Attendant 21, 45, 100 Voice Activated Switch 81 Rocker Switch 75 Voice Card 91 Rocking Plate Switch 75 Voice Command 91 Round Pad Switch 76 Voice Communications R/S II Series Wireless Option 91 Link 89 Voice Drive 92 SafeSkin Keyboard Voice Interactive Protector 22 Computing 92 ScanPAC with RealVoice 22, Voice Master Key 92 45 VOICEBOX 93 Sensor Switch 76 VoiceCAD 93 Single Push Panel 76 VoiceScribe-1000 93 Single Rocking Lever VTR 6050 Series II 94 Switch 76 Wireless Data Transmission Sip & Puff Switch 76 System 49, 101 Smarthome I 100 Wobble Switch 81 Soft Switch 77 Wobble Switch (WS-1) 81 Speech Recognition Board 89 WordCruncher for Sponge Nurse Call Switch 77 WordPerfect 106 Square Pad Switch 77 WordPerfect Learning Squeeze Type Switches 77 Disk 107 STICKEY 22, 46 WordPerfect Manual on String Switch 78 Diskette 107 SuperKey 23 WordStar 2000/H 111 Switch Assessment Kit 78 Words+ E Z Keys 24, 49 TECH Help! 106 Words+ E Z Talker 24, 50 Text Scanning 106 Words+ Equalizer 25, 111 The Breakthru Box 23 Words+ KeyWiz 25 The Personal Companion 90 Words+ Multiscan and Thumb Switch 78 Rotoscan 50 Tilt Switch 78, 79 Words+ Software Keyboard Tip Switch 79 Emulator (WSKE) - Morse Tongue Switch (TS-2) 79 Code 50 Toteboard 23, 46 Words+ Talking Board 50 Touch Monitor 46 Index 121 X-10 Home Control ComputAbility Interface 101 Corporation 14, 28, 39, Zygo ScanWRITER 51 55, 63, 71, 74, 81 Zygo TETRAscan II 51 Compute Able Network 23, 46 1-Key 8 Computer Voice Systems 1-2-3 Learning Disk 103 Inc. 93 4-Plate Switch 53 Computerized Books for the 4-Pneumatic Switch 53 Blind 105 4-Pushbutton Switch 54 COPH-2 15 4-Switch Joystick 54 Covox Inc. 92 5-Tread Switch Slot Crestwood Company 67 Control 54 CyberLYNX Computer Products Inc. 100 Cybernetics 41, 69 +---+ Dayspring Associates | V | Inc. 28 +---+ Design Software 104 Designing Aids for Disabled Vendors Adults 30 Ability Systems Dickey Engineering 77 Corporation 16, 36, 44 Don Johnston Developmental ABLENET 55, 78 Equipment Inc. 42, 65, 69, ACS Telecom 28, 83, 95 71, 76 Adaptive Communication Dragon Systems Inc. 93 Systems 22, 24, 25, 31, DU-IT Control Systems Group 45, 48, 49, 50, 111 Inc. 37, 56, 57, 60, 74, Alpha Software Corp. 16 98 Aristo Computers Inc. 104 Dunamis Inc. 44 ARTS Computer Products Dvorak 9 Inc. 16 Easyware Software Asahel Engineering Inc. 56 Development Automated Business & Corporation 104 Services Inc. 27, 54, 83 Edmark Corporation 47 A. J. Weiner Inc. 17 Educational Electronic Behavioral Engineering 39 Techniques, LTD 14 Bloorview Childrens EKEG Electronics Co. Hospital 29 Ltd. 10, 23 Borland International 23 Flambeaux Software 104, 106 Boston Documentation Design Fred Sammons Inc. 18 Inc. 103 Fulcrum Computer Brown Bag Software 111 Products 34, 62 Brown & Co. Inc. 20, 70 General Information Inc. 98 Cacti Computer Services 109 Genest Technologies Inc. 20 Canon U.S.A. Inc. 29 Glen Weil 13 Carroll Touch Inc. 47 Grassroots Computing 106 Cascade Medical 99 Gregg/McGraw-Hill 13 Center for Computer Handicapped Children's Assistance to the Disabled Technological Srvs. 57, (C-CAD) 22, 46 59, 62, 76, 78, 79 Channelmark Corp. 9 Hands-On Learning Command Corp. Inc. 84 Corporation 103, 105, 107 Communications Applied Heath/Zenith Educational Technology 89 Systems 91 Compusense 110 Hooleon Corporation 10, 15, 24 122 Index Hugh MacMillan Medical Polytel Computer Products Centre 58, 63, 64 Corporation 36 Hy-Tek Manufacturing Prentke Romich Company 14, Company 92 30, 35, 37, 49, 55, 56, 60, IBM Corporation 13, 86, 91, 68, 69, 73, 76, 79, 81, 96, 103, 105, 110, 113 99, 100, 101 ICOM Design, Ltd. 48, 80 Prodigy Products Company 17 IDEATECH Inc. 34 Productivity Software In Touch Systems 38 International 20, 21 Independence Psychological Software Microsystems 19 Services Inc. 61, 69, 70 International Voice Public Brand Software 104 Products 89, 90 Regenesis Development Intex Micro Systems Corporation 8, 13, 21, 32, Corporation 34 35, 41, 44, 45, 75, 100 ISCAN Inc. 19, 42 Royal Data Systems 45 Itac Systems Inc. 41 Sentient Systems Technology KeyTronic 12, 35, 46 Inc. 32, 97 Kinetic Designs Inc. 10, 40 Supersoft 92 Koala Technologies 37 TASH Inc. 14, 18, 42, 43, Kurzweil Applied 57, 59, 62, 64, 65, 66, 67, Intelligence Inc. 88 68, 70, 71, 72, 73, 75, 76, LC Technologies Inc. 32 77, 78, 79, 80 Lovejoy Electronics 38, 66 Toys for Special Children Loyola High School, Society Inc. 57, 58, 61, 62, 64, of Jesus 8 65, 70, 71, 72, 75, 76, 79, Luminaud Inc. 58, 61, 63, 80, 81 67, 74 Trace Center 19, 21 Maddak Inc. 56, 72, 77 Transceptor Technologies MasterVoice 84, 96 Inc. 90 Maverick Software Inc. 15 Typewriting Institute for Media Conversion the Handicapped 9, 31 Corporation 106 T.S. Micro Tech Inc. 9, 31 Medical Equipment Unicorn Engineering Inc. 49 Distributors Inc. 55, 66, Venture Technologies 75 Inc. 48 Merritt Computer Versatron Corp. 11 Products 22 Voice Connection 85, 86, MicroPro International 87, 89, 98 Corporation 111 Voice Technologies 93 MicroSpeed Inc. 43 Votan 91, 94 Microsystems Software VPL Research Inc. 30 Inc. 11, 34 WordPerfect Corporation 107 MicroTouch 46 Words Plus 17, 18, 38, 61, Mouse Systems 40 64 MTI Inc. 88 World Communications 11, NanoPac 29, 85, 109 12, 33, 110 Newex Inc. 47 X-10 (USA) Inc. 101 Norton-Lambert ZYGO Industries 51, 53, 54, Corporation 8 60, 65, 66, 72, 73, 74, 78, PCD-Maltron Ltd. 18, 39 79, 80 Personally Developed 1st Run Computer Software 40, 43 Services 106 Pointer Systems Inc. 33, 97 Index 123 +----------------------------------------------------------------+ | IMBED TRACE | +----------------------------------------------------------------+ Page 0 (READPC SCRIPT D0) Page 0 (SCRIPTX SCRIPT D0) Page 0 (FONTS SCRIPT D0) Page 0 (OMNISYM SCRIPT) Page 0 (MOBILITY FNT D0) Page 1 (KICKOFF SCR D0) Page 1 (IMPNOTIC SCT D0) Page 3 (NSCPDINT SCT D0) Page 1 (DISABHOW COV D0) Page 3 (MOBILITY EAP D0) Page 7 (KEYBOARD COV D0) Page 7 (KEYBOARD SCT D0) Page 27 (ALTINPUT COV D0) Page 27 (ALTINPUT SCT D0) Page 53 (SWITCHES COV D0) Page 53 (SWITCHES SCT D0) Page 83 (VOICEREC COV D0) Page 83 (VOICEREC SCT D0) Page 95 (ENVIRON COV D0) Page 95 (ENVIRON SCT D0) Page 103 (DOC1 COV D0) Page 103 (DOC1 SCT D0) Page 109 (WORDPROC COV D0) Page 109 (WORDPROC SCT D0) Page 113 (VAKEY BRO D0) Page 117 (DISABSUP CV1 D0)

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