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SUPERNOVA FOR EDUCATORS - INTEGRATING STUDENTS WITH A VISUAL DISABILITY

Presenter
Jane Churchward
Dolphin Computer Access
Email: jane.churchward@dolphinuk.co.uk 
Website: http://www.dolphinuk.co.uk

Abstract

This session will be of interest to educators, parents, rehab counselors and individuals with an interest in computing for young people with a visual disability from K12 though university.

The British government is pursuing a policy of inclusive mainstream education for students with a disability, and is heavily promoting the use of digital teaching resources through the Curriculum Online project. This session will examine how choosing a flexible access solution can help students with a visual impairment participate in group activities with sighted peers.

Access to computers for someone with a visual disability is not just about being able to use a computer. It is about communication with other computer users on an equal footing. It can also be a physical issue - there is no reason why someone with a visual impairment should not share a computer with a sighted person. In practice there are often concerns about compatibilty and performance which limit choice.

Dolphin believe that real access is achieved when visually impaired and sighted people can truly share the same computer equipment,. In addition, access tools should be as reliable, and as easy to implement and maintain as any other mainstream software tool. In achieving this we are following the spirit, and not just the letter of the law.

Successful inclusion can:

This session will examine the strengths of the Supernova Reader Magnifier in relation to learning in an inclusive environment and include practical demonstrations and case studies.

About the company

Dolphin Computer Access has been designing software for computer users with a visual disability since 1986. With proven expertise in screen reading with speech and Braille, screen magnification and products in many languages, Dolphin is constantly developing new technologies.

Dolphin is renowned for well designed, stable and reliable software which can be installed with confidence on home computers, laptops and university or corporate networks. Dolphin's powerful software tools are easy-to-use thanks to intelligent design, and popular with students and professionals the world over.

Dolphin's goal is to enable people with a visual impairment to gain full access to industry standard computer systems. Dolphin's clients enjoy the freedom to use all kinds of software and surf the Internet, without having to resort to specially adapted system configurations. This automatic approach also encourages real integration as Dolphin clients can use the same computer systems as their sighted co-workers, family and friends without worry.


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