[The Internet is] an essential tool. And, literally, a lifeline for many disabled people. I have Dragon Dictate. And while I was in rehab, I learned to operate it by voice. And I have enjoyed corresponding with friends and strangers with that system. Many disabled people have to spend long hours alone. Voice-activated computers are a means of communication that can prevent a sense of isolation.
Have you ever thought of the Internet as being "essential" or a "lifeline?" Web content facilitates a high degree of independence for people with disabilities—blogging, reading news, conducting research, publishing articles, purchasing goods and services, participating in the world—as long as the sites and online applications they want to use don't throw barriers in the way.