Machines That Work Miracles

New equipment -- and new attitudes -- help the disabled get back into the swing

David Bristol knows all about hardship -- and overcoming it. The 42-year-old government attorney, whose cubbyhole of an office is just across the street ! from the White House, was born with cerebral palsy. When he started his job with the U.S. Office of Thrift Supervision, his hands shook so much that it was impossible for him to type reports by himself.

But that was before technology lent him a hand. Watch him now. Taking a seat at his word processor, Bristol dons a headset with a microphone and starts to dictate. "This is a test of my new computer program,"...

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