I know you've talked about using a word board, but what kinds of adaptive technology do you use to write your blog, browse the web, etc.? I'm curious how you write your blog posts (or college essays, emails, etc).. do you get an aide to type for you, or do you use some kind of keyboard equivalent? There must be a million different ways to interact with computers, but you've already mentioned that you prefer to use a letter board to communicate in general. This question also includes general tasks like browsing the web, etc. Do you ever use screen readers or other technologies? Do you like them? What is the most frustrating part of browsing the web for you?
Well I am so lucky because I have found one piece of technology that allows me to use the computer independently. I use a head mouse, which is an infrared sensor that sits on my computer. I wear a reflective sticker on my forehead and the movements of my head are picked up by the sensor. These movements act as the "mouse" and I click on whatever I want by dwelling on a spot for a few seconds. I have an on screen keyboard that pops up so I can type. For long writing (like papers) I prefer to dictate to my aide, since the head mouse is slower. I don't use screen readers because my vision is fine. I really don't have any frustrating parts since I am able to do everything I want with the head mouse. Being on the computer is very freeing to me because I have total control.
What book are you currently reading? Do you enjoy reading? What do you read? As a librarian, I'm interested in your experiences at the library. What accommodations do you use to read? Does someone turn the pages for you? Do you listen to books on tape? Or do you use adaptive technology? Have you ever documented your treatment at the library?
Up until one month ago, I didn't really read for pleasure. When I had to read books for school, I would have an aide turn the pages for me. That worked well, but as you can imagine, I could not snuggle up with a good book and get lost in it because I had to break my concentration (granted for a second) to signal to my aide "Please turn." I have tried page turners but they are waaay worse than asking my aide. Turning one page took 3 minutes with page turner. Talk about interruption of a great story! About a month ago, I found out that Amazon had created a free Kindle for your PC that lets you download books onto your computer (downloading the books is not free-usually around $9). It has a really clean look so you don't get distracted and you can turn pages with the click of your mouse. It has honestly opened up reading for pleasure for me. Since last month I have plowed through 3 books. Most of my library experiences have been at school so people knew me and didn't treat me oddly.