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Together We Can Build an Universal Access Operating System For AAC

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This paper explores how we can improve access to technology for AAC users. We propose that the AAC community create an operating system from the bottom up which is driven by accessibility considerations. A universal access operating system (OS) would have the advantage over the current systems, where accessibility features are late additions to the software development process and which do not reliably work within every context.
A universal access operating system can best be developed using open source platforms branched out from the core of the Linux OS.
For example the Linux Ubuntu OS distribution, together with the Arduino family of microcontrollers and sensor accessories, are particularly promising since Linux runs on many platforms from desktops, laptops to ā€œIā€ devices.
At the present time, it is already possible to customize Linux to boot with Accessibility features which include High Contrast, Zoom, Large Text, Screen Reader, OnScreen Keyboard, Visual Alert, Sticky Keys, Bounce Keys, and Mouse Keys. Additionally a Linux customized OS can run virtually on any platform using the same settings on each device. Settings or profile can be easily shared using a CD, USB stick or through cloud computing. Furthermore, there exists a strong open source community of Linux users who are already developing shareable solutions such as the Ubuntu OS.

Author(s):

Bocar Ndiaye    
Bruyere Continuing Care
Canada

Yih Lerh Huang    
Bruyere Continuing Care
Canada

Hilary Mckee    
Bruyere Continuing Care
Canada

Ellen Endrew    
Bruyere Continuing Care
Canada

Julia Luke    
Bruyere Continuing Care
Canada

Krista Curtis    
Bruyere Continuing Care
Canada

Bill William Dawson    
Bruyere Continuing Care
Canada

Bruce Braidek    
Bruyere Continuing Care
Canada

 

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