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By Joseph J. Lazzaro

The americans with Disabilities Act calls for provision of equivalent entry to the disabled at paintings, tuition and in public amenities. beginning with the private computing device, this e-book describes adaptive expertise which allows the disabled consumer to paintings along the non-disabled consumer.

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When selecting a computer system for the purposes of adaptation, first find the adaptive and nonadaptive software that you require, then find the hardware to support it. Before buying a software application, check its packaging for a list of system requirements. The system requirements will tell you how much processor, memory, disk space, and other resources are necessary to support the configuration. If you faithfully look to the system requirements, you will become comfortable planning and configuring your computer system.

Narrator requires a sound card to operate and works with programs that support Microsoft’s Active Accessibility standard. Active Accessibility provides a pathway of communication between the operating system and adaptive technologies like screen readers. Narrator lets you read objects on the screen out loud and provides speech output for basic navigation. Narrator was intended to provide speech output for people who do not have a screen reader available and is not intended to compete with full-featured commercial screen readers.

The sound card can run a variety of voice-enabled adaptive software programs, including screen readers, scanning software, talking browsers, and screen-magnification programs. With all this in mind, let’s look at voiceenabled applications to assist persons with vision impairments. SCREEN READERS Screen readers are software programs that work with your sound card to provide voice output while you run applications like word processors, databases, spreadsheets, browsers, and other applications. A screen reader can drive a sound card as well as older speech synthesizer hardware.

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