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By Elizabeth R. Petrick

In 1974, no longer lengthy after constructing the 1st common optical personality attractiveness expertise, Raymond Kurzweil struck up a talk with a blind guy on a flight. Kurzweil defined that he was once looking for a use for his new software program. The blind guy expressed curiosity: one of many troublesome stumbling blocks that blind humans grappled with, he stated, was once that no machine application may perhaps translate textual content into speech. encouraged by way of this opportunity assembly, Kurzweil made up our minds that he needs to positioned his new innovation to paintings to "overcome this primary handicap of blindness." by way of 1976, he had outfitted a operating prototype, which he dubbed the Kurzweil interpreting Machine.

This kind of innovation established the chances of desktops to dramatically enhance the lives of individuals dwelling with disabilities. In Making pcs Accessible, Elizabeth R. Petrick tells the compelling tale of ways machine engineers and firms steadily grew to become conscious of the necessity to make desktops obtainable for each person. encouraged through consumer suggestions and caused by means of laws akin to the american citizens with Disabilities Act, which provided the promise of equivalent rights through technological lodging, businesses constructed subtle automated units and software program to bridge the accessibility hole.

People with disabilities, Petrick argues, are paradigmatic laptop clients, demonstrating the non-public computer’s power to reinforce human skills and supply for brand new different types of social, specialist, and political participation. Bridging the background of expertise, technology and know-how stories, and incapacity stories, this e-book strains the mental, cultural, and monetary evolution of a shopper tradition geared toward people with disabilities, who more and more depend on own desktops to make their lives richer and extra interconnected.

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