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Resources: Leaps in Technology and Access to Information

On the Horizon:

  • Improvements in natural language technology that will permit sending video over the Internet that can be signed for people with hearing disabilities.
  • Natural language technology will permit people to seek out information, regardless of their level of technical expertise. Inquiries can be made using nearly any communications method (email, SMS, voice, instant messaging, etc.) or device (landline or mobile phone, PDA, laptop, PC, etc.).
  • Improvement in converting spoken word to text with 95% accuracy.
  • Using the Internet to integrate email, paging and real time TTY; and voice-to-text messaging.

Similarly, were people with disabilities armed with their own cell phones/PDAs they could carry identifying information with them, call to a central number to ask for advice, get public transit directions while out and about, and so forth.