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ICT and Special Needs.

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ICT and Special Needs Introduction A person with special needs is someone who cannot do a certain task without the help of others. An example of a special need is visual impairment. This is when someone has either bad eyesight or no eyesight at all. More often than not visual impairment can be solved by wearing glasses. Glasses are examples of how technology has made an impact on people with special needs lives. Technology has made a huge impact on people's lives included those that have disabilities. People with special needs can now live their lives almost normally thanks to advances made in technology. For this coursework I am going to be concentrating on Mr. James Green. Mr. Green is an old, retired man whose wife passed away a few years ago and has visual and hearing impairment. He also is beginning to lose his ability to stand up and use his legs. Mr. Green's family live near by and often come to visit him to see how he is doing. However they are unable to look after him 24 hours a day so they have turned to technology to help Mr. Green. General Use Environmental Control System The Green family installed an environmental control system in Mr. Green's house. The environmental control system controls the temperature in the house. ...read more.


E-books The internet helps Mr. Green in many ways. Now that Mr. Green has access to the internet he has found that he no longer has to go to the library anymore. With the internet he downloads e-books. These are just normal books that have been written onto the computer, normally using either Microsoft Word or Adobe Acrobat. A disadvantage to this is that he will be spending a lot of time in front of the monitor which can cause headaches. Another disadvantage is that not every book has been copied onto the computer so he might not be ale to download the book he wants. Also, it can take some time for newer releases to be put on the internet. Friends Reunited Another thing that Mr. Green uses the computer for is for finding old friends. Mr. Green has subscribed to the 'friends reunited website' (www.friendsreunited.com). With this website Mr. Green has found a few old friends that he thought he would never see again. However although he has found a few he is not likely to find many more. This is because not everybody has subscribed to the site and there might even be some friends that do not know how to use a computer. Another disadvantage is that Mr. Green can't be sure if the person he is communicating is an old friend, they could be a fraud. ...read more.


Green's health and could strain his eyes and even give him a head ache. Specially Prescribed Monitor Mr. Green has a monitor which is specially prescribed for Mr. Green's eyes. This means that he does not have to wear glasses while on the computer. Although to Mr. Green this can be an advantage it is bad for visitors in Mr. Green's house. It would be hard for someone else to look at the screen as their eyesight might be different to Mr. Green's. If they spent too long at the monitor their eyes would begin to hurt as they would be strained. Conclusion With the help of technology Mr. Green can now live an independent life with a lot to do for recreation and also just a click away from family which can be thousands of miles away. Also Mr. Green gets a feeling of pride when he thinks that even though he is 76 years old he can still live an almost normal life by himself. One of the bad things with relying on technology so much is that most of the appliances in Mr. Green's house run on electricity and would not work if there was a black out. Also technology is constantly being upgraded and every few years Mr. Green might require a newer model of something. Also Mr. Green's luxurious lifestyle is very expensive and might have to sacrifice it if the Green family get into financial problems. Centre number: 12204 Candidate Name: Anuj Khamar Candidate Number: 4111 ...read more.

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