Student from Malta develops computer-based telephony software for persons with disabilities
Old internet technologies used to include modems with voice support capabilities that could be easily adapted to enable persons with disabilities to utilize standard phone sets via their PCs. However, recently with newer technologies this hardware has become harder to find and is no longer supported by common software.
Based on this, ICT student Jader Pelligra from the Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology’s University College developed a computer-based telephony solution to enable persons with disabilities to use MS Windows-based computers to handle voice-based communication. This software replaces the use of inaccessible telephone hand-sets thus allowing users to perform basic job tasks that were previously not possible without specialized equipment.
The software created by Pelligra was donated to the Foundation for Information Technology Accessibility (FITA) to be included among its ICT Pool solutions at the Malta Information Technology Agency (MITA). The system can be used at home, but can be adapted to communicate with other handsets to perform functions such as calling, hanging up, recording calls, playing music, muting microphone, auto records and call dialing.