Computer Access for People After StrokeBy Hitchcock, Ed; Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation, Vol. 13, No. 3, pp. 22-30
Publication Date: Summer 2006
Article discusses computer access options for people who have had a stroke. EZ-Keys software from Words Plus allows for full access to the alphabet while typing, as well as other valuable functions such as word prediction and abbreviation expansion. Voice input programs such as Dragon NaturallySpeaking from Nuance allows even people with dysarthria or aphasia to use their voice to type and control computer applications. Many standard word processor programs such as Microsoft Word have auto-correct and auto-complete features that make the entry of commonly used text more efficient, while specific word prediction programs such as Soothsayer from Applied Human Factors and WordQ from Quillsoft Limited can greatly help to reduce keystrokes. The role of the occupational therapist and the assistive technology specialist in evaluation, prescription, and training in assistive technology are discussed.
Assistive Products Discussed: DRAGON NATURALLYSPEAKING
WORDQ WRITING AID SOFTWARE
SOOTHSAYER WORD PREDICTION PROGRAM
Published by: Thomas Land Publishers, Inc. (Website:http://www.thomasland.com)
National Stroke Association (Web Site: http://www.stroke.org )