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Re: [teacherartexchange] Inclusion of Special Needs in the art classroom

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From: M. Austin (whest177_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Mon Feb 11 2008 - 19:30:44 PST


Last weekend I was watching a show on how to modify home tools for usage.
The main focus was on the elderly, but I was fascinated as I saw several
modifications I could envision using in the art room. One was to take a
tennis ball or a large rubber ball and stick a paintbrush or pencil through
a hole, creating a larger grip. Another was to take a bicycle hand grip and
stick the pencil or paintbrush inside. If it were me, I'd find out what he
wants to do and let him, his parents, or his para help me figure out how to
make it happen. If he does enjoy computer graphics then surely there will be
funds to purchase handicap accessibilty tools.
~Michal
3-12 Kansas Art Teacher
HS Digital Communications
Technology Integration Specialist
http://www.geocities.com/theartkids
http://spotlight.digication.com/maustin

>I accepted a new position this fall in a high school that believes in full
>inclusion. The course I am teaching is a a basic art class focusing on the
>elements and principles of art. It is a prerequisite to all higher level
>art classes. While I am well versed in dealing with a wide variety of
>learning challenges, I am stumped with this one. I have had a young man
>with severe physical limitations assigned to my class. I feel he might be
>successful if I modify the lessons using a computer but am stumped as to
>what to look for in programs he might be able to use. Most of his work
>would be done using a joystick for cursor control. Does anyone have
>suggestions? Please feel free to email me directly- your suggestions will
>be greatly appreciated!
> Cyndi in Wheaton

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