Writing this article is a special moment for me because I have a big news for you …
For those who don’t have the time or the inclination to read this article, just remember that Give Access digital accessibility software trial is now available and you can download it right here.
You just need to register and a few seconds later, you can start making your computer accessible right away.
Otherwise, for those who are interested and who really want to go further, let’s start at the beginning …
What is Give Access software ?
Give Access Software is assistive software that can totally transform the way you control your computer. With these accessibility tools, you will be able to modify the behavior of the computer equipment (including disability specialized equipment) and to assign them new functionalities.
Each tool is a micro artificial intelligence which analyzes in real time your actions and dynamically transform them into more efficient, more useful and more refined actions according to your activities (current computer use, video games, professional applications, etc…).
Whatever your physical disability, you will have the possibility to “take control” of all the ergonomic settings that you have always dreamed of having and which will allow you to overcome your disability and make your digital life 100 % accessible. As you probably know, achieving this goal is difficult depending physical disability level you have.
Let’s take few examples of possible adaptations in order to help you to understand the power of Give Access software :
- Do you need to make the mouse extremely sensitive, much more the Windows maximum sensitivity can normally do ? You can do it with a tool in three clicks.
- Do you have only a single adaptive switch (left mouse click) and want to have multiple functionalities on it (ie : right click and mouse wheel in addition to the usual left click) ? There is a special tool that you can use for this kind of adaptation and it can be set up with just a few clicks.
- Do you want to control your computer without ever having to click physically on a button / adaptive switch ? Yes, it’s possible ! We have a tool to do so.
- Do you want to assign specific functions to some keys of your virtual keyboard ? You can change them as much as you want with just a few clicks.
- You need to do specific actions in a video game (repetitive or continuous presses, etc…). No problem, we’ve got what you’re searching for.
- You want to control a car game only with your mouse pointer movements. Very good : in 10 seconds, it will be configured and operational !
- Do you want to make keyboard shortcuts to manage your spell rotations in a RPG game with 100% customizable visual interfaces ? Well, perfect : you can set this up in just a few minutes !
- Are you struggling to do repetitive tasks and want to automate them ? No problem ! You can do it in a matter of minutes instead of doing it manually, painfully and risking destroying your joints and muscles.
- Do you have pain in your eyes because you are photosensitive (sensitive to the brightness of screens) ? Reduce your screen brightness or apply color filters with just a few clicks.
- Etc …
I could continue with this list for hours ! Give Access assistive technology software is so varied and capable of solving thousands of different adaptive situations that it is impossible to list everything that can be achieved with it.
Who are the users of Give Access Assistive Software and for what type of physical disability does it work ?
I initially developed Give Access assistive software specifically for MY physical disability.
To be precise, I have a severe form of spinal muscular atrophy which makes me totally quadriplegic. I have a millimeter force. This means I can barely press a button even extremely sensitive and in addition, as if that were not enough, doing repetitive tasks is impossible for me without “destroying” the little muscle functionality I have left. So you see, I’m really disadvantaged in terms of digital accessibility !
I think it will be more meaningful if I explain how I control my computer :
- I place my electric wheelchair in front of my computer.
- I put a wooden shelf to place my arms in a good position.
- I use a trackball that I control with my lips in order to move the mouse pointer.
- I use a single ultra sensitive adaptive switch that allows me to make the left mouse button.
- I use a lightweight headset I wear on my head continuously and which allows me to hear computer sounds (sounds, music, video games, etc.) AND to control all voice recognition software.
So, If we summarize, I have access to :
- The mouse pointer movements
- The left mouse button
- Voice recognition software.
AND THAT’S IT !
However, even if I remove the voice recognition from my installation, I will be always as efficient thanks to the Give Access software.
Over the past few years, I had the opportunity to install Give Access software to many people with various physical disabilities and very different physical impairments. I had great results with people with :
- Spinal Muscular Atrophy
- Muscular Distrophy (Duchenne Muscular Distrophy, etc…)
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (Charcot Disease)
- Quadriplegia following accidents of life
- Ehlers Danlos Syndromes
- Temporary joint or muscle problems (bone fractures, tendinitis, etc…)
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
In these many cases, Give Access software has completely transformed the lives of people who have used it really, intensely and adopted these tools in their daily lives.
I have also had less consistent results with people with Cerebral Palsy or people with Locked-in Syndrome. We still working on the development of new prototypes for these types of disabilities : the computer accessibility problems are very complex to resolve (triggering actions by voice recognition, detection and analysis by artificial intelligence of parasitic movements, etc…).
What are the results of this Next Generation Accessibility with Give Access software ?
The days when we were allowed to do a couple of little things on the computer to “keep us busy” are gone. We are actors of our own life or we do our best to tend towards this goal.
So what we are looking for is a real autonomy and a real ability to do things on our own. Give Access digital accessibility software has been designed with this objective and this become our obsession : to be no longer dependant on the “accessibility efforts” of society, the medical and paramedical profession, software publishers, video game publishers, etc… even if all these actors, it must be admitted, are trying to do what they can to create a truly inclusive society.
Here, with Give Access, we have another ambition : to develop technologies that allow you to live your daily life in total autonomy and to adapt the digital environment by yourself. The goal is to make it more “user-friendly” toward your disability.
When I started developing Give Access software in 2014, I had three main goals:
- Make the use of computer comfortable : not the approximate comfort the big manufacturers of specialized disability hardware sell you by telling you that these are technological innovations. No no no no ! What we mean at Give Access when we talk about “comfort” is having the same comfort that a non-disabled person enjoys when using a PC.
- Make ALL video games accessible which means you can play “really” without being limited by your disability, having almost the same responsiveness as a non-disabled person and without suffering of actions that are impossible to perform.
- Retrieve a real productivity near equal to a non-disabled person one thanks to intelligent automation tools.
For these three objectives, here is what we get after these 6 years of development:
- Using the computer is extremely easy : as much as you can continue to control your PC even if you are in poor physical condition and / or with almost no muscle strength or stamina. User comfort is, from our point of view, 100% guaranteed now.
- 95% of video games are now accessible and pleasantly playable when using all the tools we developed. These results are valid for very severe disabilities such as heavy quadriplegia, muscular distrophies, advanced multiple sclerosis and spinal muscular atrophies. Who can do the most can do the least, so the results are naturally around 100% with less severe disabilities. The objective is therefore very well advanced.
- Thanks to productivity and automation tools, our users have seen a decrease in muscle fatigue, a better speed in executions of tasks as well as a clear increase in the number of tasks that can be achieved in a defined period of time. This objective is the most important because it is the one which “unlocks” all the academic, student, professional spheres and at the same time, the capacity to acquire a new level of EMPOWERMENT which leads to a real freedom to make life choices, to have a restored productivity and the possibility to acquire financial autonomy.
Let me add one last word on this “results” aspect of Give Access software.
You are not reading another article on an “innovation” that is “supposed” to come out in a few years…
No ! What I am talking about here are concrete technologies, it’s real, tangible and usable RIGHT NOW !
All you have to do is register, install the software and start using it !!!
How does Give Access assistive software work ?
Give Access accessibility software can be used (at this time…) only on Windows 7, 8, 8.1 or 10.
They work on desktops, laptops, mini PCs or tablet computers ; the only important thing is to have Windows. They can also be used on virtual machines equipped with this operating system.
They are divided into three packs
- Accessibility by Give Access offers a series of tools to improve the overall comfort when using your computer.
- Productivity by Give Access is dedicated to improving your productivity and to maximize your task execution speed, automate actions and allow you to work faster.
- Gaming by Give Access make accessible the PC video games by transforming the gameplay. This goal is achieved with a bunch of specific tools.
Each pack contains a number of tools called “modules“.
Each module offers ONE unique way to transform the ergonomics of specific parts of your computer :
- Modules for modifying the behavior of ALL your hardware equipment, including specialized disability equipment : adaptive switches, mouse, trackball, touchpad, electric wheelchair joystick which controls mouse, voice recognition, eye tracking device, keyboard, numeric keypad, touch interfaces, etc…
- Modules for adding functionality to mouse pointer movements.
- Modules displaying customizable interfaces to perform custom actions.
- Modules transforming the way images and screens work.
- Task automation modules.
The power of Give Access software lies in the possibility you have to simultaneously combine these modules until you find THE digital accessibility FORMULA that will suit you and that will allow you to access the results I discussed above.
Each disability or disease has its favorite modules… Even if the great number of Give Access modules available, it doesn’t mean you have to use them all !
Most of the time, you will stay focused on 4 or 5 modules.
As you learn to use them the best you can and truly understand what they do, you will develop a habit of “solving” your accessibility problems on your own.
How is the process of integrating Give Access software into the daily life of a person with a disability and is it a difficult process ?
Controlling your computer with these new tools can sometimes be confusing. You have to get used to it and there is a learning phase.
When you get started with these software, it’s always best to set goals that are easy to achieve and gradually introduce new concepts and difficulties.
By systematically using software for nearly three weeks (that’s the average time it takes for the brain to adopt a new habit), you will take a good control on your new tools.
With the experience and understanding of the underlying mechanisms of each modules, you are deeply transforming your digital accessibility and you will obtain increasingly consistent results.
Some adaptations will be immediate, instantaneous, easy to set up, but others will require more experience.
If you are already familiar with digital accessibility, it will be very easy to set up Give Access software.
Digital accessibility can be learned and it’s a bit like martial arts: you can’t immediately start mastering techniques if you haven’t first learned how it works and developed the skills and the good reflexes to go to the next level.
So of course, we are not talking about a learning that will last for years but maybe a few weeks or a few months. Of course, with experience you will do more and more interesting things and that’s why it’s better to start right now !
Either way, digital accessibility is a skill you need to invest in to overcome your disability on a daily basis ! It is important to take this very seriously because it is the key to a free life.
Why carry out this process of adaptation and accessibility ?
Everyone is UNIQUE. Based on this premise, we all have our stones to bring to the societies in which we live with our knowledge, our sensitivity and our skills… Too often some people made us believing we can do nothing with our lives and we haven’t any role to play.
We aspire to happiness and all that goes with it :
- recognition of society through our work and our projects,
- a life rich in cultural experiences to discover the world and the beauty of its diversity,
- a life of leisure in which we can relax, let off steam and experience strong emotions,
- finally, a social life in which we can flourish through meeting with others, having friendships, beautiful love stories in all their forms including sexuality.
We must do all of this in a society in perpetual technological evolution and in which productivity is a flagship value even if we come up against ableist behaviors and taboo reluctances.
So let’s change the system from the inside by being adaptable and “integrated” but keep our identity carefully.
Remaining at the stage of observation and not seeking to “build bridges of accessibility” for better integration is equal to self-condemnate ourselves : we must join the movement !
We cannot accept to wait every day for things to improve and without doing anything. We have no choice : we must adapt to this technological society and give ourselves the means to turn our lives into a “sum of actions” at the service of our projects.