My name is Michael and I am from Beijing China; but now I live in the United States, and I am blind. I have been using mainstream technologies for almost 10 years now. With specialized adaptive technology I’m able complete the same tasks as my sighted peers in school. These tasks include reading and editing documents in word; downloading books from Bookshare; creating PowerPoint presentations; plotting points on graphs in Excel and so much more.
Without access to this technology and instruction in the technology, people like me are unable to perform these tasks. Technology has played a tremendous role in my life. If this technology did not exist, I would not be able to keep up with my peers with any efficiency.