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The Benefits of Accessible Technology

Posted Jan 14 2009 8:26pm
There's no question that technology has revolutionized the way we interact with colleagues, family, and friends. But for some of us living with multiple sclerosis (MS), technology can pose both benefits and challenges. Depending on your symptoms, everyday tasks such as reading an e-mail or manipulating a mouse can be difficult.

Instead of trying to work around these obstacles, take advantage of the ways technology can flex to your changing - and often unpredictable - needs. Customizable products and features are designed with you in mind, and can help make living with MS easier.

Some elements of accessible technology are already built into computers. Having trouble seeing the cursor on your computer screen? With just a few clicks, you can make the cursor bigger or change the blink rate. You can also enlarge the text of your entire computer screen.

Other elements are specially made for individuals with dexterity, vision, speech, or cognitive difficulties. For example, if you have trouble moving your mouse around, you might want to consider using a trackball instead.

Technology also can improve how you take your disease-modifying therapy. Having trouble taking it at the right time each day? Consider setting a reminder on your cell phone or sending yourself a text message.

For more ways to make the computer easier to see, hear and use, visit www.microsoft.com/enable.
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