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Graham Clements

A portrait photo of Graham ClementsI have fought bushfires racing up the hills around Heyfield. I have scheduled television commercials in freezing Ballarat. I have even tossed bean sprouts in a shed in Sydney. I now live in rural Victoria where I write science fiction. Literature, science, technology, the environment and gardening are some of my many interests.

 

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Making computers easier to use

Microsoft Windows has a few features to help people with disabilities use computers. Speech recognition allows a user to tell a computer what to do. Narrator reads text aloud. Magnifier increases the screen size. Even the mouse pointer can be enlarged. Windows also has an onscreen keyboard. These accessibility features are free with Windows. Some are easy to use, while others take patience and time to learn.  

Posted by: Graham Clements, on 15/04/14 | Tech talk | Assistive technologies

New liver gives new lease of life

Daryl Walker lived with liver disease for 19 years. In 2010 he was told he needed a new liver and was placed on the transplant waiting list. After a number of false starts, he had a liver transplant in 2011. He is one of an increasing number of recipients of organ donations. But unfortunately, only about one per cent of organs of registered donors are suitable for transplant. So many more people need to register to donate their organs.

Posted by: Graham Clements, on 21/02/14 | Lifestyle | Healthy living

Have your say on taxis

 

Have your say on taxis by joining the Disabled Persons Taxi Advisory Committee. The committee advises the Taxi Services Commission. Individuals and organisations have until 31 January to nominate. Nominees should have a good knowledge of the concerns people with disabilities have about taxis. Country members are welcome. Meetings are held three times a year. So nominate and help improve taxi services for people with disabilities.  

Posted by: Graham Clements, on 14/01/14 | Out & about | Transport

Looking to the future

Glasses are being tested around the world that have an inbuilt computer. They may have a microphone, camera, small screen, battery and speakers. Some of these glasses can take photos, give directions, make phone calls and connect to the internet. This exciting technology can help people with a disability. The glasses may help people with a hearing impairment to read live transcripts of what people are saying. A person with a vision impairment may be able to use the glasses to read newspapers. Many companies and researchers are developing and testing these new glasses.

Posted by: Graham Clements, on 13/12/13 | Tech talk | Assistive technologies

Healing Words

The written word can aid in healing. Self-help books offer advice on living with disabilities. Memoirs help people relate to those who have illnesses. Novels can distract the reader from their health concerns as well as offer insights into disabilities. A reference book called  The Novel Cure offers an A to Z of literary remedies. Apart from reading, writing therapy can also aid healing.

Posted by: Graham Clements, on 01/11/13 | Arts | Books

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