Interpretype is a product designed to eliminate barriers through the use of our assistive technologies. It was created to provide individuals with certain disabilities the ability to exchange information quickly and easily. This is the exact purpose of Section 508. Not only does Interpretype provide organizations with communication solutions that comply with Section 508, it also helps provide new opportunities for people with disabilities. This can have a dramatic effect on employee efficiency because it allows organizations to maximize its human value. Furthermore, supporting a company like Interpretype also encourages the development of new accessible technologies as required by the section.
Interpretype can be used in combination with other accessible technologies currently available and in use by many organizations. Since Interpretype comes with Windows based software and can be used with any Windows PC, products that utilize these features can enhance the benefits of Interpretype. Imagine "speaking" with a Deaf individual, or a conversation between Deaf and blind individuals. Imagine an English speaking person communicating with a Deaf individual that only knows Spanish. Imagine having a conversation with a Deaf-blind individual without using sign language or touch. All these scenarios can be achieved by expanding the capabilities of Interpretype with preexisting products.
Accessible products compatible with Interpretype:
- Jaws for Windows screen reader
- Window Eyes screen reader
- MAGic Screen Magnifier
- Dragon Naturally Speaking
- LCD projectors
Below is a brief summary of Section 508 requirements:
Congress amended the Rehabilitation Act to require Federal agencies to make their electronic and information technology accessible to people with disabilities. Inaccessible technology interferes with an individual's ability to obtain and use information quickly and easily. Section 508 was enacted to eliminate barriers in information technology, to make available new opportunities for people with disabilities, and to encourage development of technologies that will help achieve these goals. The law applies to all Federal agencies when they develop, procure, maintain, or use electronic and information technology. Under Section 508 (29 U.S.C. ' 794d), agencies must give disabled employees and members of the public access to information that is comparable to the access available to others.