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This page answers the following questions. To go directly to a question, click on the question.
Question 1. How do I set up my browser so that the majority of my students, both disabled and non-disabled, can use it?
Question 2. How do I find out about devices that will make it easier for someone with my type of disability to use computers?
A more detailed document, "Creating Access to PlaneMath," is available both on-line and in PDF format. It describes in detail how to use different input and output devices and assistive technology applications with PlaneMath. Many of the suggestions may be used to make any web page accessible. Note: You will need the Adobe Acrobat Reader to view and print this document. This application is available free from the Adobe Systems website.
1. How do I set up Netscape so that the majority of my students, both disabled and non-disabled, can use it?
Be sure follow the guidelines on the main Help page for "2. How do I set up my browser so that each activity page appears completely on the screen?" These settings will ensure that each page will load properly onto your screen, thus enabling an application such as "ClickIt!" to replace mouse commands with keyboard commands. That way, students who cannot use the mouse will be able to access most of the buttons and links on PlaneMath using an alternative keyboard or input device.
You may also want to experiment with the default font. The default Proportional font is Times, which is a serif font. Try using a sans-serif font, such as Geneva or Helvetica. (Serif fonts have extra small lines, e.g., a short horizontal line at the bottom of the "f," "p" and "q"; sans-serif fonts do not have these lines. Some people find sans-serif fonts easier to read.)
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2. How do I find out about devices that will make it easier for someone with my type of disability to use computers?
The Alliance for Technology Access (ATA) is comprised of 47 centers nationwide (and one in Canada) that provide information, training, and demonstrations on adaptive technology. The Alliance has also published a comprehensive resource called "Computer Resources for People with Disabilities" (available from the Special Needs Project, 800-333-6867 or http://www.specialneeds.com/).
For more information, or to find out if there is an ATA center near you, call 415-455-4575 or check out their Web page at http://www.ataccess.org/.
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