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Video: New Survey Finds Technology Plays a Critical Role in Lives of People with Multiple Sclerosis, Yet Many Are Not Using it to Overcome Disease-Related Challenges
Date:10/26/2007

ut when asked if they actually use assistive technology that could make everyday tasks easier, few people indicated they are taking advantage of these special tools:

-- Thirty-three percent of respondents said they have trouble typing on a

standard computer keyboard, but only 5 percent said they've made

related adaptations, such as using an alternative keyboard or a voice

recognition program.

-- Thirty percent said they have trouble reading text on a standard

screen, but only 6 percent have made adjustments to the computer

settings such as increasing font size or using screen magnifiers.

"When I was first diagnosed with MS, one of my biggest fears was not knowing how MS would affect me or how to prepare for the challenges of such an unpredictable disease," said Keith, a business transformation analyst in Norwalk, Conn. "Now that I've been living with MS for 14 years, I've learned that there are a lot of adaptive technologies - like voice recognition software and screen magnifiers - that help me pursue the same goals I had before my diagnosis."

Technology on the job

The survey reinforced the important role technology plays in maintaining a professional career:

-- Nearly 40 percent of respondents who are employed agreed that

technology makes it possible for them to keep working with their

disease.

-- Nearly half (44 percent) of respondents have had to change their

employment status, including switching from full-time to part-time or

leaving work altogether, as a result of MS symptoms. Yet very few took

advantage of adaptations that might have helped them remain in the

workforce: only 12 percent asked their employers for more ergonomic

equipment, tools, and furniture, and just 5 percent requested changes

to the technology they use.

Technology connects people

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