Non Display Based Personal Digital Assistant
Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs) are portable computers that are designed to act as organizers, note takers and/or communication devices. Non-display based PDAs are often used by individuals who do not use touchscreens, handwriting recognition, or miniature keyboards. They have been designed specifically for individuals who have a visual impairment.
- Appointment Calendar
- Address list management
- Email Access
- Condensed version of the Internet
- Feedback either through voice output or through refreshable Braille display
- Connection to desktop or laptop computer so that information can be transferred between devices.
- Bluetooth & WiFi connectivity
- Enhanced Media Player
- Voice Memos
- Book Reader
- Scientific Calculator
- Visual Display for real-time translation and viewing by sighted observers, peers or teachers
Points to Ponder
Questions to consider when choosing a note taking device?
- Do you need a Braille or QWERTY keyboard for input?
- Do you need voice or refreshable Braille for output?
- Does it have expandable memory? Can it be connected to other storage media such as flash cards, USB memory sticks and SD (secure digital) cards
- Is there add-on software available for it?
- Do you require multi-language support?
- Do you require a one-handed option?
- What is the battery life of the device?
- What voices are available? Synthesizers?
Manufacturers of Non Display Based PDAs
SNOW does not endorse any of the following software/hardware. These links are provided for information purposes only.
Additional Useful Links
Seminars@Hadley has an archive of seminars on the topic of note takers and accessible PDAs that you can listen to.
Did you know? That PDAs are smartphones! If you want to know how you can access your phone with greater ease, visit the Mobile Accessibility section on SNOW.