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Adaptive computing and the internet: One step forward, two steps back?

Joseph J. Lazzaro ((lazzaro @ is project director for the Adaptive Technology Program at the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind, 88 Kingston Street, Boston, MA 02111. Phone : (617)727‐5550, ext 4305. Freelance author with publications in Byte, Computer Shopper, The New York Times, LAN Technology, Time Life, PC World and Windows)

Internet Research

ISSN: 1066-2243

Article publication date: 1 December 1994



Advances in adaptive computing technology provide opportunities for people with disabilities to access information and participate in society. But some networking tools, especially those based on graphical user interfaces, threaten to erode the accessibility of electronic resources. This paper offers a brief overview of adaptive technology for computers and networking and identifies a number of issues that must be addressed in order for people with disabilities to become full participants in online activities.



Lazzaro, J.J. (1994), "Adaptive computing and the internet: One step forward, two steps back?", Internet Research, Vol. 4 No. 4, pp. 2-8.




Copyright © 1994, MCB UP Limited

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