Newfoundland remembers victims and families
of 9/11 with memorial services throughout the
As people across
the country mark the one-year anniversary since the terrorist attacks
on the U.S., Prime Minister Jean Chretien paid tribute to the
Canadians who took in so many stranded passengers.
Along with U.S. Ambassador Paul Cellucci and 2,000
visitors participated in a ceremony in Gander, Newfoundland,
where 38 passenger jets were diverted in the wake of last year's
attack. The town's population nearly doubled as residents raced to
accommodate 6,500 reluctant visitors. Some of those stranded passengers
have returned to Gander one year later to mark the anniversary .
Memorial events have been planned in many communities across
Newfoundland and Labrador to mark the 9/11 anniversary.
The latest in increasing technological advancement was launched at the Carbonear CAP Site on May 3, 2002. The addition of an Adaptive Technology Workstation will provide
universal computer access for persons with disabilities including physical impairments, carpal tunnel syndrome, learning disabilities, mobility impairments, and visual or hearing impairments. Noel Browne, Executive Director with the Canadian Paraplegic Association
(CPA) stated that the technology will break barriers and open the World
Wide Web for many CPA clients on the Baccalieu Trail. David Pynn, a
dedicated and committed volunteer with the Carbonear CAP Site, was on hand to help in the demonstration of the equipment.
M-RON, as Regional Facilitator for CAP on the Baccalieu Trail, was instrumental in getting this workstation for the region. Dawn Lemessurier of Industry Canada stated that she was very pleased with M-RON for the effort and time dedicated to making the Adaptive Technology
workstation a reality in the Carbonear CAP Site and with the planning and professionalism that went into making the launch a success.
The following list briefly describes the hardware and software
available and the solutions it offers.
- Trackball to provide fingertip control of mouse functions.
- Ergonomic and adjustable computer desk ergonomic design that
allows one the freedom and ease of movement and overcome the
repetitive strain injury, carpal tunnel syndrome, and muscular
skeletal disorder, all of which can be caused by a static and
- Large, 21" monitor. ITSS has equipped several computer
labs with large monitors to aid users with a low vision impairment.
As funds permit, all of the labs operated by ITSS will be equipped
with at least one large, 21" monitor
- Braille keyboard and printer
Dragon Naturally Speaking is a voice recognition application. This system is used for word processing and other types of computer applications to provide access for those unable to navigate a computer keyboard efficiently, such as those who have vision impairments, carpal tunnel syndrome, or learning disabilities.
Zoomtext Plus is a large screen magnification program designed specifically for individuals with visual impairments. Zoomtext Plus works with most character-based software applications including word processors, databases, spreadsheets, and communication programs.
JAWS is a computer screen-reader application designed for people with visual impairments. JAWS reads back text from the computer screen at a comfortable rate making it easier for individuals to navigate the computer.