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Junk E-mail Protection and SPAM

We all hate unsolicited junk e-mails (otherwise known as SPAM). That’s why many of us use SPAM blocking filters to keep unwanted messages out of our inboxes.

What some of us may not realize is that, sometimes, legitimate e-mails that we want to receive (including e-Buddies-related information) can get blocked along with the rest of the SPAM.

There are a number of steps that you can take to ensure that you receive all your e-Buddies-related e-mail. For more details, please visit:
www.ebuddies.org/about/filters.html


Assistive Technology Spotlight: Alternative E-mail Programs

Sending and receiving e-mail presents a series of challenges to new computer users and some users with disabilities. Here are a couple of different programs that can help simplify the e-mail process:

Talking E-mail by 4 Developers – This shareware program uses text reader technology to read your e-mails back to you through your computer’s sound card. This is a great tool for people who have difficulty reading. You can download a free 14-day trial from the website, and it costs $19.95 to register. For more details, visit:
www.4developers.com/talkmail/

ICanEmail by RJ Cooper and Associates – This program is similar to Talking E-mail, but its intuitive, sequential interface was designed specifically for individuals with disabilities. You can download a free 14-day trial from the website, and the program can be registered for $109. For more details, visit:
www.rjcooper.com/icanemail/

Inter Comm (for Writing with Symbols 2000) by Mayer-Johnson Inc. – An innovative program that allows people that have trouble reading and writing to send and receive e-mails using visual symbols that can be converted to text. This program can be purchased from the Mayer-Johnson website for $149 (this program also requires their “Writing with Symbols 2000” Software). For more details, visit:
www.mayer-johnson.com/software/intercom.html


e-Buddies Computer Toolkit

Looking for more information on assistive technology? Check out the e-Buddies Computer Toolkit! You’ll find tons of info on available assistive technology, as well information about finding donated computers, and setting accessibility options on your computer. You can view the Toolkit at:

www.ebuddies.org/informed/computers/index.html

Have a tech question about e-Buddies? Send questions or comments to Bill Maurer at BillMaurer@bestbuddies.org.


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