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How ICT helps people with special needs Kate Anderson is a student at Cyril Jackson Primary school. Her legs and both arms are physically disabled.

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How ICT helps people with special needs Kate Anderson is a student at Cyril Jackson Primary school. Her legs and both arms are physically disabled. She is also partially deaf. She is extremely dependant on her wheelchair to help her with everyday life. Paralysis is failure of muscle function. It is usually caused by damage to the nervous system or spinal cord. This prevents messages being sent to the brain. In this case Kate Anderson's arms and legs are paralyzed. Deafness means lack of sensitivity to sound. The next paragraph will explain how deafness is caused: "Sound waves vary in amplitude and in frequency. Amplitude is the sound waves highest point of oscillation. Frequency is the speed of sound divided by the wavelength of the sound wave, which is referred to as the pitch of the sound. Therefore losing the ability to detect some frequencies, or very soft sounds, that an organism naturally detects, creates some form of hearing impairment." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hearing_impairment I will put the technologies which Kate Anderson uses in three categories: * Personal Use * School Use * Social Use. ...read more.


Speech recognition Kate installed the speech recognition software on her computer as she can not type on the computer. Speech recognition is software, it is used by speaking into a microphone and the microphone will change it in data by typing out what Kate said onto the computer. As Kate Anderson cannot type on a computer, she finds this speech recognition software extremely convenient. Along with that she wears a computer headset just in case her software does not work which is a great disadvantage to her as she relies on technology to get her work done due to the injuries. School Use Concept keyboards Before Kate Anderson injured her arms she used to use a concept keyboard. A concept keyboard is a touch sensitive board which Kate used to plugs into her computer. A paper overlay is placed on the board and the user presses the overlay to activate the board. The great thing about the concept keyboard is that it is waterproof. The concept keyboard very much helped her at her early learning stages. ...read more.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_clock#Construction The advantages of the alarm clock are that it vibrates when it rings, this is a great advantage to Kate as she is partially deaf. She finds this a lot better than her previous analogue alarm clock which did not vibrate and cause her to be late for school. She finds her alarm clock to be perfect and finds no disadvantages in it. Social Use MSN Hotmail Email is short for electronic mail. Email means to send, compose, receive and store messages with internet access. To communicate with friends Kate Anderson uses MSN hotmail and sends emails. She has many advantages from this software as it contains an address book which she uses to store information of her family and friends such as name, age, email and such. Another advantage is that since Kate Anderson cannot type she uses her speech headset which was describe in page 2 under personal use. The disadvantage of MSN Messenger is that it only works when there is access to the internet so Kate cannot always use it. Another think is junk mail which Kate hates very much hates and it disturbs her. Farhana Rahman (3a-How ICT helps people with special needs) Year 10 coursework. - 1 - ...read more.

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