Computer Company Leads Initiative To Make Library Workstations More Usable
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
October 30, 2002
PALO ALTO, CALIFORNIA--Last week, Hewlett-Packard Co. (HP) announced an initiative to design library computers and workspaces to be more accessible for people with disabilities.
The Library Technology Access (LTA) initiative was launched in certain public library locations in six states. Each workstation includes a Compaq Computer PC, along with an HP scanner and printer, Microsoft Office software, ergonomic furniture and a variety of assistive technology products to help users who have visual, hearing, mobility or learning disabilities. It is scheduled to run through 2003.
"The intention is to develop a reference platform that all libraries across the U.S. can use to design their own workstations," said Michael Takemura, head of HP's Accessibility Program Office. "We'll also be helping to design Web-based tools that libraries will be able to use with the workstations."
Takemura said that one goal of the initiative is to help educate people with disabilities about the use of high-tech equipment and software, to help them battle their high unemployment rates.