2001 Conference Proceedings

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Joan Whartnaby
Susan Laird

So, you have all of the tools you need to become a successful student. Your computer and access equipment have been customized to meet your individual learning and visual needs. It is time now to use this technology to help build your communication skills, to increase your level of independence, and to access the same information that the sighted world has been using for years. Your goal is to become a successful, independent, contributing member of society. Your fear? How do I get from where I am to where I want to go?

This presentation will demonstrate to educators, administrators, parents, and students how we have met the challenge of integrating technology into the rigorous routine of the school day. Our presentation will focus on the typical day of a student at Overbrook School for the Blind. We will highlight both middle school students, who are brand new to the world of technology and high school students whose challenge it is to apply their previously learned technology skills to their academic curriculum.

The format for our presentation will be based on a PowerPoint presentation, video footage, discussion, and a question and answer session. Lesson plan ideas and various software programs will be highlighted as they relate to the general education curriculum. Lesson plans, vendor lists, references and websites will be available in print and on an IBM 3 ½” floppy disk.

The overall goal of this presentation is to inspire our audience. We hope that you will leave feeling more at ease with the magnificent task of integrating technology for students who are visually impaired into your school day. We hope that you, in turn, will inspire your students to recognize the importance of technology in their future.


Home Office: 6245 King Road, Loomis, California 95650
(800) 722-3393
Ed Smith, Mid-Atlantic Regional Manager
213 Bainbridge Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147
Phone: 215/627-1240
Fax: 215/627-0886
Web: www.humanware.com

Blazie Engineering, Inc.
105 E. Jarrettsville Rd.
Forest Hill, MD 21050
Phone: (410) 893-9333
Fax: (410) 836-5040

Enabling Technologies
E-mail: enabling@brailler.com 
1601 Northeast Braille Place
Jensen Beach, Florida 34957 USA
Phone: (561) 225 DOTS (3687)
Fax: (561) 225 FAXX (3299)
Web: http://www.brailler.com/

Duxbury Systems
Braille Translation Software
435 King Street, P.O. Box 1504 Littleton, MA 01460 U.S.A.
Tel. (508) 486-9766 - Fax. (508) 486-9712 - BBS: (617) 767-5964
Email: duxbury@world.std.com 

Henter-Joyce, Inc. 
makers of JAWS and JAWS for Windows.
Henter-Joyce, Inc.
11800 31st Court North St. Petersburg, FL 33716
Phone: 813-803-8000; Toll Free: 800-336-5658
FAX 813-803-8001
E-Mail: info@hj.com 

Products for Persons With Disabilities-Specializing the Products for the Visually & Hearing Impaired
LS&S Group, Inc. P.O. Box 673, Northbrook, IL 60065
Toll FREE 800-468-4789 (Voice) Toll FREE 800-317-8533 (TTY)
FAX 847-498-1482 Email: lssgrp@aol.com

One of the largest distributors of products for people with Special Needs. They have several thousand of high and low tech products for daily living.
Toll free at 1-800-522-6294. Email maxiaids@haven.ios.com

Founded in 1985, has developed innovative products that have helped thousands of people with low vision read and write again independently.
Optelec US, Inc.
6 Lyberty Way, Westford, MA 01886
1-800-828-1056 1-508-392-0707 FAX (509)692-6073
E-MAIL: Optelec@Optelec.Com

Lernout & Hauspie, Inc.
Develops the Kurzweil 1000™ for people who are blind or severely visually impaired, and Kurzweil 3000™ for people with Dyslexia or other reading difficulties.
Kurzweil Educational Systems Group
Lernout & Hauspie Speech Products
52 Third Avenue Burlington, MA 01803
Telephone 1(781) 203-5000 / 1(800) 894-5374 (toll-free)
Fax 1(781) 203-5033
E-mail For sales questions, write to: education.sales@lhsl.com

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