[Athen] epilepsy and computer screens

normajean.brand normajean.brand at hccs.edu
Wed Oct 10 15:34:51 PDT 2007

Hello again,
I have a DSSO asking for help and I am now turning to you all:

Could you check to see what accommodations can be given
for someone with epilepsy, who can get seizures by using a normal
computer even with a screen filter. Perhaps someone from Crystal Vision
or Kurzweil or even one of your listserves will have some suggestions or
know of equipment. Thanks.

My research included: The American Epilepsy Foundation, Epilepsy
Ontario, W3C, Section 508.gov, Scientific American, Science Daily,
National Society for Epilepsy (UK), Epilepsy Action (UK), Usability.gov,
Job Accommodation Network, and WebAIM.org . From what I gathered from
these sites is that a high-quality LCD, flat panel monitor and coupling
that with a glare screen should not induce seizures. When I suggested
this solution the student was pretty adamant that this would not work
for her. This student is not visually-impaired and suggesting JAWS with
the monitor turned off seems to be a bit more than it should although
this student is certainly welcome to learn the program.

I wonder also about taking classes in rooms where more and more
computers are being deployed and not just for CompSci classes; and how
this seizure disorder will affect her.

Any suggestions? Thank you again for all your help.


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