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RE: An Important Project

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Fields, Linda (
Thu, 5 Mar 1998 13:19:18 -0500

William-what fantastic ideas! I haven't had much experience with this
population, but I bet if you contacted places like the CP association,
occupational and rehabilitation therapists, and other associations for
the various disabilities you could get some great input. Wish I could be
in Chicago to see your presentation. Good luck! Linda

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> From: alethiap[SMTP:alethiap]
> Sent: Wednesday, March 04, 1998 8:34 PM
> To:
> Subject: An Important Project
> To all members:
> I'm in the midst of getting ready to present at our Natioanal Art
> Convention in Chicago in April. My presentation is the use of
> computers to
> enhance visual learning for group of students who have had little
> contact
> with creating visual images throughout their lives.
> My project is to offer actual projects to a wonderful 16 year-old
> young
> lady who has CP (Cerebral Palsy). She has no control of her arms and
> her
> total world is controled by a head switch on her electric wheelchair
> and
> other periferrals connected to this system. Her exposure to art, up
> to
> last year, was to observe art classes and direct an aid what to do for
> her.
> Last year we configured a "homemade" halo system to hold a magic
> marker
> and she was able to make her first "marks" in her life!!!! We also
> used
> this "system" to hold a digitizing tablet pen to use a computer for
> her
> work. What a joy it has been to watch her progress in her ability to
> control this primative system.
> Through a long and very frustrating period I have been able to apply
> for
> and receive a series of large and small grants to equip a fully
> handicapped
> accessible computer station to go further than my early system would
> allow.
> My district supplied no money for this project!
> My question is have any of you involved this segment of the population
> in
> your classes? Do they have direct access to computers to enhance their
> visual world beyond what an aid can provide? If so, have you been
> frustrated with the results because of a lack of technology, or
> perhaps a
> lack of time to devote your energies to these students? I firmly
> believe we
> as art teachers can make a huge difference in the world for this
> segment of
> the population Any response would be greatly appreciated. I believe
> I'm
> on the edge of a discovery which can help art education nation wide.
> The title of my presentation is "Opening the Visual World to Those Who
> Have
> Never Entered". I will be presenting on Wed. from 5:00- 5:00PM PDR3.
> Please come if your going to the convention. My presentation is at
> the
> same time as Eiser's talk, so I need to drum up people to come and be
> involved in this project!!!!!
> Thank you so much for what ever help you may be able to supply.
> William Norton
> Menomonie High School
> 1715 5th St. West
> Menomonie, WI 54751
> (715) 232-2606
> e-Mail: alethiap