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IBM has released a set of software programs aimed at helping older people in the workplace. The programs are available for free online, and could be quite useful to libraries as well for any special needs users. Among the offerings:

  • Web Adaptation Technology: Software that dynamically adapts Web pages to meet the needs of individuals with visual, motor, and print limitations.
  • Keyboard Optimizer: A utility program that optimizes keyboard response settings to suit a user's typing style.
  • Head Tracking Pointer: An application that, using an inexpensive camera, lets users control a mouse pointer by aiming their face around the screen.
  • Mouse Smoothing Software: Assistive software for people with hand tremor.

Along with the software, they also have created an online guide to acccessibility resources. Nice going, Big Blue!

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