Welcome to The WAACIS Project
The Wigram Augmentative and Alternative Communication for Internet Surfers, and Internet access and training for people with physical and communication disabilities. We are delighted you’ve surfed in! Please stay a while and have a look round, we’re sure you will find something interesting.
If you are new to the WWW there are lots of things to see and loads of links to get you started surfing. For experienced users there are new links and special interest pages. There are help and technical support pages too. If you’re a computer user with a disability you will find plenty of specialist help to assist you with your computing. There is even a netpal page so you can make new friends on the Net. We hope that you enjoy your visit and will come back often.
Assistive Technologies for Various Disabilities
Have you ever interacted with disabled people? They are out there and they need help to be as good as everyone. Well, I have lived with them and I know they can be what they want if given the right help. I will tell you a story of a friend and how assistive technologies have been a great help to him.
Teddy is my childhood friend. We have grown together and our friendship will last forever. There is one thing that makes him a special friend. He is disabled but that has not in any way limited what he can do. He had some difficulties in communicating and he struggled to pass a message. He used to beat all of us in class and everyone liked him. It is no wonder that he is one of the finest IT experts in our town. But one wonders how he was able to master such a tasking course that everyone was afraid of.
But thanks to WAACIS project, he got all the help he needed and now he is living his dream life. It is not only Teddy who benefited from his project but other disabled people not only in our locality but also elsewhere have benefited too. But what is this project?
What is WAACIS Project?
This is an acronym for Wingram Augmentative and Alternative Communication for Internet Surfers. It is targeted to people with both communication and physical disabilities. It has been used widely to give this special group the equal chance to be just like the rest of us.
Teddy came across this project and he was never the same again. In our third year he was tasked with creating a weight loss motivation program. This was a competition for various colleges. His project went ahead to win the best slot and he got lots of praise and scholarship to a top University in the US. It was a chance for him to shine and he made everything out of it. After he finished school he landed a job with one of the leading IT firms and works there up to date.
He started a small IT firm in our town that supports breast cancer survivors. It such a good example that he has set and every child in our locality wants to become another Teddy. It is such a moving story and I salute Teddy for coming all this way.
Lessons I have learned from Teddy
Life is full of challenges. There are those who saw that Teddy would not make it big in life. But that was not the case as many people look upon him. The cancer survivors now get a chance to live better. Being disabled does not mean you cannot be who you want to be. Teddy has been an inspiration in my life and I always do my best to achieve my goals.
Thanks to technology, all people have the same chances. I support a world of equity because there is a greater good even from those who we may ignore.
Disabilities’ Assistive Technologies
It is not only WAACIS that will give you the assistance you need. There are so many technologies that have been created to help the unfortunate in the society. If you are looking for some, here are some to get you started;
- Visual Aids: for those who have a problem with sight, here is some help for you. Talking computers and magnifiers are some of the technologies that will give you an edge. I remember one of other high school classmate who used a speaking computer for our classes.
- Computer-based instructions: this is computer-based software that helps people with writing, reading, math and all subject problems. It is a general aid that will help in many disability problems.
- Assistive listening: the deaf and those with hearing problems can get help from this one here. They include typing phones, caption TVs and amplifiers.
There is nothing that should limit your capabilities. Disabled or not, you have an equal chance to make it in life. WAACIS and the likes of assistive technologies have been a big part of giving the disabled the chance they deserve. Teddy has made it big in life and so can you if now that you know some of the the ways you can get assisted.
Below are some links with interesting stories about individuals with different kinds of disabilities whom are experiencing various technologies, as well as how they were assisted on communicating better in and throughout their life.