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Rachel Magario on Assistive Technology

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Rachel Magario on Assistive Technology

Rachel Magario shares how assistive technology has advanced her success.

  • Duration: 3 minutes
  • Date Posted: 3/11/2015
  • Topics: Assistive Technology, Accommodations, Vision Disability

Funding for this series was provided in part by the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation.


Assistive technology is amazing and it plays until today a big part of my success.

I don't think I could be an Assistive Technology Specialist today without technology.

I wouldn't have been able to go through design school without technology or business school without technology.

My first piece of technology was a typewriter and it was key to help me do my homework and be able to communicate with other people when I didn't have anybody to transcribe braille for my teachers so that really sped the process.

Unfortunately, typewriters are now sophisticated and every time you made an error until I got the electric one that had the automatic eraser, didn't really work out.

I had to start all over again.

So computers are a big part of my life and I think I carry my Mac Air probably everywhere I go and my iPhone is definitely with me all the time, even when I'm asleep.

Assistive technology, especially with the phones today just with one tiny piece of technology I can take photos and figure out what I'm taking photos of and I can scan papers and have the text be converted for me to read.

I can scan barcodes and figure out what product I'm looking at and I can do color ID for colors.

It's not very great but at least it gives me an idea if it's dark or light colors.

Assistive technology has helped me connect to the world with Internet, with so many other people.

It has helped me to be a little--learn more about others and learn what others have done before me.

I think the Internet has done that for everybody but especially for me has given me another door and another tool in my toolbox so I can really connect with other people.

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