Assitive Tech Quest Info

Name: (CDunn4)

Process Task #1: Meet Some People with Disabilities

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1. Do you know anyone with a disability? What is their disability and what technologies (from "low tech" to "high tech") do they use to aid themselves in overcoming their disability?

I don’t personally know anyone with a disability that needs technology to aid them. I have met a blind woman that used a “bar-code” scanner that read aloud to her every item in her house once she felt around for it and scanned it. For example, if she was fumbling around in her medicine cabinet she can wave around her scanner and it would beep once it detects the bar-code and say aloud “peroxide”. It was very cool.

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2. List 10 assistive technologies that you are introduced to (e.g., screen readers, etc.).
I have been introduced to several technologies some I use every day, like the following:

(1.) Digital video recorders;
(2.) electronic type-writer/label maker;
(3.) handless blue tooth device;
(4.) electronic water purifier
(5.) voice recognition software;
(6.) copier/printer;
(7.) electronic sewing machine
(8.) electronic microwave oven
(9.) electronic water softener
(10.) electronic mp3 speaker adaption

3. Who were the two people who stood out most for you as you viewed these? Why?
Albano Berberi and Seth seem like very special people. They are not looking for pity, simply acceptance like any average person. I was very inspired by them and the whole page of meeting people with special needs.

Process Task #2: Defining Terms

Use the page content (and any other resources you may have) to define these terms and answer question 8.

4. Assistive technology Is any technological advancement that aids any person’s need or disability

5. Learning disability— Is any disadvantage that may keep a student from learning as in-depth, or as quickly as others due to hereditary disability or etc.

6. Universal design for learning— Is an approach to teaching that is designed for specifically adapted materials, special course instructions, and is intended to solely benefit the learner.

7. Web accessibility— Is the service available online developed to make websites more user-friendly for people with learning disabilities and disadvantages

8. Briefly summarize what is necessary to design a computer lab following principles of "universal design." Are labs designed this way?

I do think that some computer labs in the schools are designed with the Universal Design for Learning in mind. However, some are lacking in the accessibility department. Most computers are very accessible to someone in a wheel-chair, but there is not much other advancement to improve the use of the computers for those with further disabilities. I do know of a few schools that are equipped with the software that aids students with visual disabilities, such as programs that change the font size and color or reverses the contrast on the computer screen to see black screens with white text. There should be audio software for the hearing impaired.

Process Task #3: Web Accessibility

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9. What do teachers and web designers need to keep in mind as they steer students (particularly students with various disabilities) onto the web?
That they fully understand the assignment, and that they are confident in how to go about completing the assignment, and that they are actually physically and mentally able to do so.

10. What is a web accessibility checker?

A sort of online evaluation tool that determines how easily the web page can be navigated especially be someone with disabilities.

Process Task #4: Disability Simulations

Answer these questions after interacting with the page content. Select 2 out of the 4 available simulation options to experience.

11. Simulation #1 (specify which one you chose)--Describe what this simulation was like. Is this simulation valuable? Why or why not?

The screen reader simulator seemed to be very helpful and I’d also agree that is was a valuable tool for anyone with such disability.

12. Simulation #2 (specify which one you chose)--Describe what this simulation was like. Is this simulation valuable? Why or why not?

The dyslexia simulation was a powerful experience. I have never been able to put myself in their situation to better understand the condition until now. I think that this simulation was extremely suitable and valuable, and I would use this in my classroom to show students what it is like.

Process Task #5: Explore Tools of Assistive Technology: What Comes Bundled in the Computer's OS?

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13. Which platform and operating system will you explore--Apple OS 9 or 10? Windows XP or Vista?

Windows XP
Beth. List and justify 2 operating system tools for Beth.
Operating System Accessibility Feature
18) Audio simulation programs that reads instructions or text to her
19) Visual or voice recording programs that allow her to complete her work in different ways besides writing a sample.

Process Task #6: Assistive Technologies that are NOT bundled inside the computer operating system

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Beth. List and justify 2 tools for Beth.

Hardware or Software Tools
24) Software—computer programs to read her text aloud to her
25) Hardware—hand-held voice recorders

Process Task #7: Special Education Legislation

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26. Locate 2 websites you can use to help yourself in the future for making decisions and/or learning about ways you can help your special needs students. Briefly explain how each site can help you. a website that have different specific ideas for students of all ages to help them develop in the classroom. this page gives teachers help in teaching the students with special needs by providing different resources.

27. What is IDEA and what is its purpose? (briefly explain in your own words.)

IDEA is the “Individuals with Disabilities Education Act”. It is a law that ensures services needed to children with disabilities throughout the nation that allow special services to these students, such as Least-Restrictive Environment (LRE), Early Intervention (EI) and Extended School Year (ESY).

28. What are some early intervention services that IDEA seeks to provide for toddlers?

The EI program…Early Intervention provides access for younger students to be exposed to the learning environment at an early age to improve the progress.
I accurately accomplished this activity by ensuring the answers to these questions and applying them to experience in the teaching program.

I grew in this process by learning new terms. If I wasn't already familiar with the terms then I would find it.

Things that I would have done differently, is instead of reading through the text looking for the answers, I would read the whole text all the way through and then tackle the questions.

This artifact is very important to my targeted career in teaching because it is developing terms and key ideas that I will be using in my everyday life as a teacher.