[AI] Blog Post: The iPad could be the best mobile accessibility device on the market

Roopakshi Pathania r_akshi_tgk at yahoo.com
Wed Jun 2 13:31:59 EDT 2010

In 1995 Dr. Norman Coombs, a blind professor of history at the Rochester Institute of Technology and chairman of EASI: Equal Access to Software and Information wrote that the rapid adoption of a graphical user interface (GUI) would close the door on computing for the visually impaired. This was in largely in response to the Microsoft's Windows OS, but his point was well taken regarding all GUI based computing. Speech output systems, at that time, were based on character recognition and didn't work with a GUI that relied on icons and
 graphics. He wrote that many impaired users had lost their employment or found their positions downgraded because they could not function in the new GUI based environment.

Jump to 2010 and the introduction of the iPad. Many solutions were created along the way, but comparing that early state of affairs to what is now available on the iPad dramatically shows how far the field of assitive technology  has progressed. 



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