A new university-developed service aims to help disabled people with advanced literacy skills read more.
Dubbed Autocad, the service will enable people with a range of disabilities to download the latest technology to assist them in reading and writing.
The project was funded by the Australian Science Foundation (ASF), which is seeking to develop an assistive technology that would assist people with visual, auditory and other disabilities.
“The technology will help people who have difficulty reading and write with a level of accuracy and completeness that is very different to what we currently have,” said Professor John Hargreaves, who leads the program at the University of Technology, Sydney.
Professor Hargremans said the aim was to help assist people who are struggling to read and write and to make it possible for them to continue doing so.
“We believe that this is a technology that will be useful to all Australians, not just those with disabilities,” he said.
“It will help to enable more people to read, write and use computers, and enable them to interact with technology more naturally.”
The service will be available by the end of the year, with more to come.
It is designed to be used by anyone who has difficulties with reading or writing and has trouble using a computer.
“In the future, we hope to see more people with these difficulties accessing the internet, and this will allow them to do so in a way that is more effective and more appropriate,” Professor Hargrea said.
The service is currently available for people aged between four and 65 and is expected to be rolled out to all university students in the next few months.
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