This week we received a news bulletin on behalf of Media Access Australia (MAA) and the Australian Seniors Computer Clubs Association (ASCCA) who, together, have launched a new manual with low-cost solutions to help Australian seniors with disabilities enjoy computers and the Internet.
The gradual onset of disabilities is a common part of ageing, and many seniors experience gradual loss of hearing, vision or mobility. Whilst seniors are the fastest-growing demographic on the Internet, going online can often provide challenges to seniors with disabilities.
There are specialist solutions, however these often tend to be expensive or complicated, and provide limited value to someone with a mild loss. The new manual, entitled, Accessibility features in Windows and Web browsers addresses the computer challenges many seniors encounter, by providing simple solutions in an easy-to-understand format.
The manual tailors instructions to different disability needs and clearly identifies which Windows and web browser tools are best suited to which disability. Links to additional resources such as free screen reading software are provided, and it details some of the new and significant accessibility features in the forthcoming Windows 7 operating system.
You can find out further details by visiting the ASCCA website
Media Access Australia (MAA) is a not-for-profit, public benevolent institution providing information about technological solutions to media access issues, and promoting increased usage of these solutions for people with disabilities.
Funding for the creation of the manual was provided by the Ian Potter Foundation.