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  • Writer's pictureMadhavi Latha Prathigudupu

Enhancing the Reading Journey: Embracing Assistive Technology

For me, assistive technologists are like angels on Earth!

Thanks to the incredible support of various assistive devices, in managing my daily life with greater independence and joy.

A Heartfelt Gratitude : I reached out to my friend Santosh Kodimyala , an incredible assistive technologist, with a problem statement that was hindering my passion for reading. His dedication and expertise led to an impactful solution!

A Lifelong Love for Reading: Despite my love for reading, my battle with Post Polio Syndrome (PPS) made sitting for extended periods of time painful for my spine. As my sitting time is precious, I had to compromise on my reading habit.

The Solution that Transformed My World: Santosh went above and beyond, traveling all the way from Vizag to set up a brilliant arrangement for me. A custom stand with a monitor connected to my laptop just beside my bed and a wireless mouse with trackball make navigating through pages a breeze!

Enhancing Accessibility: Thanks to Microsoft Office's inclusive features like dictate and read aloud, which have empowered me to handle various tasks related to my social work on my laptop more efficiently in lying posture

Embracing Books Again: With this thoughtful arrangement, I can now cherish my reading time once more, without any pain or discomfort. I am overjoyed at the prospect of indulging in my favorite books and contributing to social work activities after office hours, all in a relaxed and comfortable position.

A Big Thank You

My heart is filled with gratitude for Santosh and the wonders of assistive technology. They have opened up a world of possibilities, giving me more opportunities to pursue my passions and live life to the fullest.

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