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Modern telecommunications have the potential to open up society to people with disabilities. The market is large and economically attractive. Cordless and mobile phones can be of real benefit to wheelchair users and can provide an important security bonus. A pilot project has demonstrated the feasibility of a videophone system for sign language communication over the telephone network. Touch screens are more user-friendly than keyboards for many groups, but not for those who are visually impaired. Audiotex systems have proved very useful, but videotex has to be modified by the addition of a speech synthesiser or a braille display if it is to be used by a blind person. An integrated multimedia system combining sound, text and pictures offers the best chance of meeting the widest range of needs among all users.

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Authors: GILL J, Royal National Institute for the Blind, London (GB)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 15556 EN (1994) 12 pp., FS, free of charge
Availability: Available from European Commission, T Murphy, DG XIII-B, Bu 9 2/72, Bruxelles (BE)
ISBN: ISBN 92-826-7399-5
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