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Bobby is a 32 years old client at Mid-South ACT. He is very independent and wants
to introduce himself and share his ideas.
"I am Bobby and I was born with a disability called Cerebral Palsy (CP). CP has affected
me in many ways. Extreme muscle tightness, Limited motor skills, visual impairment,
and lack of right hand use are the primary difficulties that I face.
Assistive Technology helps me in many different ways. I transport myself in a motorized
wheelchair, and I use a walker to get around in my house. Mid-South ACT Center has
helped me tremendously. One of the programs that I use on the computer is called Dragon
Naturally Speaking. Dragon Naturally Speaking is a voice recognition program that
allows those using it to speak into a microphone and have their text only typed into
the system. The other program that I use on the computer is called Zoom Text. Zoom
Text is a great program for a person that has a visual problem, because it allows
one to magnify text, in order to accommodate his/her visual needs. Mid-South ACT provides
individuals with many beneficial skills. It has helped me strive to reach my goals."
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Ms.Shirley is a 58 year old outreach client at Mid-South Access Center for Technology.
She lived a full and healthy life for many years. At the age of 41 years she was diagnosed
with chronic progressive multiple sclerosis which resulted in making her a quadriplegic.
Although she has major motor skill limitations, assistive technology (AT) devices
and software applications made it possible for her to live independently with confidence.
She uses an environmental control unit (E.D.G.A.R.) to operate her television, VCR
and fan. She also uses a switch access device to operate the telephone. With the assistance
of voice recognition AT, i.e. Dragon Naturally Speaking, she checks her emails, does
online banking, and listens to music. If you are interested in knowing more about
Ms. Shirley, you can visit her website at www.shirleypatton.com.
Note: For additional information about the EDGAR environmental control unit, contact Max
Cutler at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mark is a student at the University of Memphis. At 17 years of age he was diagnosed
with a very rare type of brain tumor known as medulloblastoma. The tumor was successfully
removed, but affected his motor abilities, speech and vision.Mark uses a motorized
scooter to get around. Mark visits the Mid-South Access Center for Technology where
he uses Dragon Naturally Speaking, a speech recognition software.
Mr. Boykins is a client at Mid-South Access Center for Technology. He was diagnosed
with diabetic retinopathy and diabetes mellitus, which led to his visual impairment
(legally blind). He has an Associate's degree in Civil Engineering from State Technical
Institute (Southwest Community College), and a Bachelor's degree in Design Engineering
and Technology from the University of Memphis.
Mr. Boykins is a pleasurable person to work with because of his eagerness to learn
about assistive technology that can enable him to be independent.
Mr. Boykins began his assistive technology training in 2003. While a client at Mid-South
Access Center for Technology, Mr. Boykins has trained on Dragon Naturally Speaking
and ZoomText. He is extremely interested in the JAWS program, and he will begin training
on this application soon.
Angelieci is a client Mid-South ACT. She has been diagnosed as legally blind due to
proliferate retinopathy, neovascular glaucoma, and optic atrophy. Angelieci hopes
to pursue a college education in the future, and her vision impairment requires accommodations.
The accommodations that she is learning at Mid-South ACT are helping her to reach
Angelieci uses two assistive technology applications at Mid-South ACT. The first one
is Talking Typer. This program helps her learn keyboard functions and improve her
typing skills. The program orally pronounces the text that has been typed to reinforce
the learning process. Another assistive technology program Angelieci uses is Zoom
Text. This program magnifies text so that she sees it vividly.