The Impact of Technology Upon Education
As the years go on, technology has become such a necessity to everyday life in the average person’s life. Whether you live here, there, or anywhere, technology is apparent and has become such an integral part of everyday life to the point that we cannot imagine life without it. Technology is used in both the private and the public life of every person. In private lives we have our computers, our microwaves, our palm pilots, ovens, TVs, cell phones, VCRs, DVD players and much, much more. In our public lives we have checkout scanners, security cameras, security alarms, car alarms, and so much more. What many of us do not realize is that another benefit of technology is helpful with the growing rate of inclusion. There are so many products out on the market today to help disabled people to integrate with the mainstream and have the same benefits as we do.
One of the most interesting pieces of technology that I have found for disabled people is iCommunicator. This product is mainly used for the deaf and hard of hearing so that they would not always have to have a translator. It gives them more independence in the workplace or at school. It also has been used with children as young as preschoolers to determine the literacy development and as an early diagnosis for hearing loss in young children. This program converts speech to text, speech to video sign language, speech to computer-generated voice, text to computer-generated voice or video sign language. This program has a speech -to-text translation rate of a 90% greater accuracy in less time than its predecessors.  Its remarkable features include auto save, menus, on screen buttons, a vocabulary library that includes more than 9,200 individual video clips. Under each video clip, the word appears below and if by chance there is no video sign, the word is finger spelled. To tell you how phenomenal this program is, the data suggests that most speakers can easily achieve 90% or better accuracy or better in an hour or less! As you can imagine, this program draws into a lot of a computer’s resources. You must have a high-end desktop and communicator, and it is not a good idea to have other programs running simultaneously. The goal of this program is to “create a profile that will allow a program to efficiently convert the speaker’s continuous natural speech into text.”
Other techniques and programs have been developed for other kinds of disabilities. Examples of other programs and machines that have been developed are Braille keyboards, monitors that talk, and printers that emboss for people who are blind or suffer from severe vision impairments in the workplace . Braille keyboards are becoming a common place in many businesses. These keyboards have the characteristical raised bumps on the keys so the typist can identify which letter he or she is using. A very interesting part of the office combination for a blind person is...