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Have I outgrown my software

Posted by Darrell Hyatt on June 12, 2011

Welcome to the enabling abilities to appear podcast. How do you know when you’ve outgrown your adaptive technology hardware and software, this is a question that many people face at different times.

This is an important question and there are many factors which may lead you to feel like you’ve outgrown your adaptive technology and need a more advanced or different solution. Some of the keys that I found to answering this question, does your existing equipment do what you need to do in the most efficient and effective way for you.

If the solution works well in the beginning and now you’re having to fight with it, or your having to do things differently than you did six months ago, three months ago, or even a month ago it may be time to look for an update to what you have now, a fix or workaround which may be out there already that would be my first suggestion is check for an update to see if it will fix the problem which are currently having.

If you are faced with I have reached the limit of what the program will do for example, if you have word abbreviations and expansions and you’re only allowed to store say 10,000 of them within your existing program and you have need of more than that 10,000 then this may be an indication that you’re ready for a different piece of adaptive technology or a different solution than one you’re currently using.

It may also be that the features that you need and functions that you need now are not available in the current software you’re using due to for example, you are now going to school and you need speech capability and your existing software does not provide that, or does not provide that to the degree which you need then again it may be time to look for another solution.

Now the question is do I look for a separate solution to meet this one particular need that I have and use my existing software for everything else, or do I look for one complete solution that does the speech as well as everything that I have in the equipment that I’m currently using.

This is a question that you yourself as the user are the only one who can answer that question. Having multiple solutions for each of you needs may be cumbersome and hard to work with, instead of one single solution that does everything. however it may be difficult to find one solution or piece of equipment that does everything. Some experimentation and exploration on your part will be the key to finding the solution or solutions that works best for you.

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns please feel free to e-mail me at darrellh@enablingabilities.com you may also want to check out my website which is www.enablingabilities.com. Thank you very much.

  • Glenda Watson Hyatt said,

    Darrell, great points to consider. Sometimes it is tough letting go of a known piece of software for something unknown, unproven. But if it’s no longer working for you and you are spending more time fighting with it, time to move on. I have found I’m more productive and less stressed since switching from EZ Keys to WordQ.

  • Darrell said,

    Good to hear.

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