Video Description & Transcript:
  Computer Programming

Title: [Computer Programming]

A man is using a mouthwand while facing a computer in his office. An on-screen phone keypad is shown close-up.

Caption: [phone dialing]

Narrator: “At Todd’s first job interview, he hadn’t mentioned his disability over the phone.”

Todd is shown moving the stick mouse to select the phone numbers. He dials a number and the phone conversation is overheard.

John: “This is John.”

Todd: “Hey, John, this is Todd with Cortex.”

John: “Todd, my man, how are you?”

Todd: “Doing good, how are you doing, bud?”

John: “Good.”

Narrator: “When he arrived, there were some awkward moments as the interviewer rearranged his office to accommodate Todd’s wheelchair. But the interview quickly moved to the important questions.”

Todd: “And the second question was, 'Well, how do you use a computer? How do you…how can you program?' So once I told him about my assistive technology, then the third question was, 'How much do you want?' And once I told him, it was, 'You’re hired. Can you start tomorrow?'”

Todd is shown using the mouth stick to access files on his computer.

Narrator: “Todd chose computer programming because he knew there would be a great demand for his services. He also wanted to make money was quickly as possible so that he could support himself.”

Todd uses his power wheelchair to go up a ramp and he enters the front door of his office after the door opens automatically.

Narrator: “Technology is vital to his career, helping him perform a job he likes.”

Todd: “One, obviously I can’t open the door, so basically, you know, you can set up automatic doors off of switches and things, so they set that up on my wheelchair, and that’s how I open a door at home, and at the office. And as far as computer working, it’s real simple, on-screen keyboard with sort of a stick mouse, sip and puff, you know, one puff single click, two puffs double click; and that’s what I use. And then it’s just a simple book stand and a mouth wand magazine turning, paper turning, that’s really it.”

[Used with permission from:

University of Washington
206-685-DOIT (Voice/TTY)
206-221-4171 (FAX)

Director: Sheryl Burgstahler, Ph.D.

This clip is from “Taking Charge: Stories of Success & Self-Determination”
Copyrighted 2001]