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Viagra for your Computer: Shareware to Enhance Performance

Molly Mead and Fred Pellerito
Missouri Technology Center for Special Education

The Macintosh and the Windows 95/98 Operating Systems come equipped with a variety of software programs that make it adaptable for people with special needs. There may be areas, however, where these built-in adaptations don't fully suffice. With enough time to surf the internet, download programs and try them out, you can find a huge amount of shareware and freeware programs that will make your computer as adapted as it needs to be. The problem is that most people don't have enough time to search for all the utility programs they need. This presentation is the answer to those time-restricted people's dreams. In this session, we have collected and organized over 40 useful utility programs for both Macintosh and Windows 95/98 platforms - programs which enlarge the pointer/cursor, macro programs, screen magnifiers, universal dwell selectors, voice output utilities, and other useful utilities designed to increase productivity and save time. Macintosh and Windows disks, containing the programs demonstrated, will be offered to those participants without access to the Internet. Interested participants should bring high density disks to trade.

All of these programs and others which are similar are available for download from the Missouri Technology Center for Special Education's web site: http://www.techctr.educ.umkc.edu.

Program listing: Windows 95/98

Program listing: Macintosh

FunKeys is an incredibly useful utility for the Macintosh. What FunKeys allows you to do, basically, is "program" those function keys on the top of your keyboard to do things. (The keys F1, F2, F3, F4, etc. They are only on extended keyboards, which most Macs have). With FunKeys installed, you can program all 15 of them to either open files/applications, execute AppleScripts, envoke macros (FKEYs), or even type text.


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