Site for disabled touts ‘I can’ attitude

February 03, 2000
For the 54 million Americans with a disability, the Internet has been both a blessing and a curse.
    The immense amount of information and resources available has opened up opportunities and support that was previously unavailable. But with increased resources comes misinformation and confusion. For many people with a disability the Net remains a closed-off oasis because so few sites support text-to-speech and other technologies necessary for those who can’t see or type.
    Heidi Van Arnhem wants to change that.
    Van Arnhem was left a quadriplegic at age 16 after a family friend accidentally shot her while playing with a gun. Since then she has dedicated her life to educating people about the needs and abilities of the disabled. Her latest effort is I-Can Online, an Internet portal officially launching this spring. It will provide information and resources for people with disabilities and the friends and employers who assist them.