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From: A discussion list for Assistive Technology professionals. [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Aidan Parr
Sent: Friday, January 28, 2011 1:40 PM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Access to Chat and/or Instant Messenger Programs


Hello all,


I was wondering how someone with an individual with a physical disability accesses various Instant Messenger Programs like MSN Live, Yahoo Messenger, Skype (to chat with a contact rather than speak) or AOL Instant Messenger?


I’ve tried various ALT and CTR commands to navigate around with different success – Yahoo Messenger was particularly difficult to use as it seems to lose focus on the window very easily.


Are there any conventions out there for accessing these programs?







Aidan Parr

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