Programs that pay for or provide hardware and software products that enable individuals with disabilities to access, interact with and use computers at home, at work or in school. Access aids include scanners partnered with Optical Character Recognition (OCR) software which converts handwritten or printed text to an electronic document that can be read by a screen reader; Braille translation software combined with Braille printers for translating text to Braille cells; keyboards driven by a head pointer, mouth stick, Sip-and-Puff, Joystick or eye-gaze tracking systems; large monitors; text-to-speech software which allows users to hear what is written in print; speech recognition software to convert a use's spoken words to printed text; screen magnification software for zoom capabilities; and smart home technology software which controls the home environment (turning lights or the on/off or unlocking doors through a mobile device or voice command).
Programs that provide instruction for individuals of all ages who want to learn about or perfect their skills in operating, programming and/or utilizing computers and computer-related hardware for specific home and business applications including word processing, spreadsheet development, presentation development, database management, electronic publishing, image processing and Internet access. Included are introductory classes for people unfamiliar with computers and the Internet that help participants develop basic computer literacy skills and courses that focus on the knowledge and skills needed to use particular software applications or accomplish other computer-related tasks. Also included are programs that provide instruction in the use of related technology such as PDA's and smartphones; and those that help participants understand and take full advantage of Internet tools broadly known as "social media" that enable people to create and share on the Internet content which may include text, images, video, audio and multimedia communications or other emerging applications that can be accessed via the computer. Classes may focus on publishing tools such as blogs, video logs (vlogs), photo sharing, podcasting (audio stories broadcast from the Web or downloaded to a computer or portable media players) or wikis (collaboratively edited web pages); or introduce participants to social media in general.
Programs that permit individuals using personal computers equipped with modems and communications software to access information and services that reside on or are available through remote computers. Included are programs that maintain Internet websites which provide information and/or services for users as well as those that offer on-line connection services which help users identify and locate the information and services they need.
The above terms and definitions are part of the Taxonomy of Human Services, used here by permission of INFO LINE of Los Angeles.