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computers/physically challenged/art

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Jane Shiflett Manner (jmanner)
Sun, 22 Mar 1998 10:42:49 -0500

I am sorry I did not send this sooner.

I teach a student with Fredrick's Ataxia, a degenerative disease. She is
wheelchair bound and is unable to control her muscles. She can not write
but she is wonderful with clay once both hands are on the material at the
same time.
The squeeze bottles for condiments are quite successful for Pollack-type
paintings. She also likes to dip paint into a cup clasped between her legs
and "throw" paint with a large brush at the object she wishes to do(makes a
major mess). She loves art history and criticism, but writing and
manipulating the heavy books the other students use is not an option. (Her
"compare and contrast" subject for the Italian Renaissance was
"Michelangelo and Titian: The Flaying Image as Self Portrait." This was
handled verbally, think what she could have done with the images and text
just on WebMuseum, Paris!) She has worked with the computer that is new in
my room this year, but the mouse is a terrible chore for her. Our system
has not installed lines for the internet, but I am working on a line just
for my room. An internet connection and one of the voice-activated
programs whould greatly enhance this student's life. The "Make a Wish
Foundation" has promised her a voice activated computer with the creative
programs I have requested and the internet at home, but it hasn't arrived.
This is a child with a fine mind and a wonderfully-creative spirit. If
you'll send me a mailing address, I'll send you copies of the local
newspaper articles that are my attempt to get the equipment this child
needs into my classroom. Our system is small and rural, we don't have the
funds for this purchase at this time, so I'm having to get what this child
needs any way I can.

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