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Person One

• Computer access - Braille
• TTY access - Braille
• Mobile phone access - Braille

Person Two

• Computer Access
• screen reader

Person Three

• Mobile phone access
• large fonts

Person Four

• Computer access
• screen reader
• Mobile phone access
• computer

Person Five

• Phone access
• volume control

Person Six

• TTY access
• Large Visual Display unit

Person Seven

• Phone access
• University

 

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Case Study 2

Deafblindness
Adult with Usher Syndrome 1.  Born totally deaf and lost all functional vision as a young adult.  Communicates using Tactile Auslan.

Accessibility
Uses a Braille device to access technology via speech output. 

 

Telecommunication - Mobile Phone


Product Name

Nokia E75

Product Image


Accessibility

Mobile Speak Software installed on the Nokia and a
an Optelek Easylink 12 Braille device connected via Bluetooth

Text Input

Easylink Braille keyboard or the Nokia handset.

Screen Output

Braille Display of speech output.  Speech is turned down as user is deaf.

Colours

No special display colours required

Ring Tone

Uses Vibration only

Initial Setup

Mobile Speak was downloaded onto a computer and installed on the phone using PC Suite and the help of ablelink.

Training

Learning how to navigate the Nokia Phone using the Braille device required considerable training. 

Phone Applications

SMS, Notes, Calendar, Phone alarm

Doesnt use GPS, Music, Books or any other apps and only has Prepaid account so doesn’t use the internet.  Braille has limited functionality in most apps.

Telecommunication - Computer


Product

PC Computer

Accessibility

Jaws screen reader and Brailliant 24

Input

Touch type on QWERTY keyboard

Output

Braille Output of Jaws speech (turned off)

Apps

Email is most popular and Internet. 
Word is also very popular for writing.

Not yet learnt about MSN, Facebook, Twitter

Connectivity

Uses Dial Up Connection as main activity is email.

Relay Service

Doesn’t use the relay service on the computer.  

 

 

 

Telecommunications - Braille TTY

Product

Krown TTY with Braille Display.

Magniciation AND Braille currently not available on same unit.

Image

Accessibility

This TTY is provided by Telstra as the handset for a fixed line and is provided under the Disability Equipment Program

Input

Using the QWERTY keyboard on the phone. 
All commands are on the Krown TTY. 
Braille input not possible.

Output

Refreshable Braille output of the display in Grade 0 only.  Most Braille devices can output Grade 2 braille which is contracted and quicker to read.

A high degree of Braille expertise is required to read the Braille as it is typed and there is no way to check what has been missed. 

Ringtone

Flashing light and Vibrating alert enabling incoming calls.

Colours

Not able to change the LCD Visual display colours

Considerations

This provides backup when internet is down and it is used as main communication device. 

Relay Service

Can make phone calls to hearing people via the National Relay Service

 

 

 

Telecommunications -  Braillenote

Product Name

Braillenote Computer

Image

Input

QWERTY keys

Output

Braille output of speech which is turned off.

Applications

Keysoft Word, Calendar and Email

Connectivity

Dial up connectivity

 

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