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I'm so glad that the topic, children with disabilities and the arts, will be
represented at the convention.
You mentioned that you have been "asking, pleading and begging software
companies to change their Visual, Creative world software to make it accessible
to all." I too want to see the arts accessible to all and am working toward this
goal with the Expressive Arts Outreach Project. The Expressive Arts Outreach
Project is a federally funded project. We offer teacher training and act as a
national resource for art related materials and products for youngsters with
disabilities. Our curriculum model, ArtExpress, is developmentally appropriate
and integrates aspects of DBAE, The Project Approach, and Reggio Emelia. We
train teachers to use both low tech and high tech adaptations so young children,
ages 3 to 8, can have successful experiences with the arts.
Might I suggest that you look at adaptive peripherals for the computer to make
children's graphic software more accessible. Some of these could include
switches, a Touch Window, a draw pad, or alternative keyboards. Depending on the
individual child's needs, we have found that all of this peripherals can make
children's art experiences successful; older children and adults too.
Wish I could come to you workshop presentation. It sounds wonderful.
If you would like more information, please contact me. I'd be glad to send you
one of our resource catalogs.
Judy Potter JD-Potter
Arts Adaptation Specialist/Trainer
27 Horrabin Hall, 1 University Circle
Western Illinois University
Macomb, Illinois 61455
Subject: Your Invited to My Workshop!
From: alethiap (William Norton) at Internet
Date: 3/17/99 9:03 AM
To all of you artsednetters:
I'm presentinhg at this years convention next week. I have been working on
a project to get help for the multi-handicapped students of America with
the use of computers and the visual world.
My dreams and goals are huge. My year has been uplifting and frustrating.
I have been asking, pleading and begging software companies to change their
Visual, Creative world software to make it accessible to all. This has
been the frustrating part. They are either too busy, no money or have been
I have also sent Bill Gates a video tape of my student who has grown and
excelled using technology provided from a grant and this project. The
women who is charge of his accessiblity unit has received this, but hasn't
Please come and hear my story. Hop on board to help and perhaps be
motivated to help your students who may be in the same world as mine!!!
My presentation is:
Exceptional Education: "Opening the Visual Door to Those Who Have Never Entered"
THURSDAY, 12:00 N - 12:50 PM Farragut
I know you won't be dissappointed!!!!
Menomonie HS Art Dept.