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Re: Your Invited to My Workshop!

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Melissa Enderle (melissae)
Wed, 17 Mar 1999 22:08:58 -0600

>I have been asking, pleading and begging software companies to change their
>Visual, Creative world software to make it accessible to all.

I went to your presentation last year. It indeed was informative and gave
the audience an idea of one type of access for students with disabilities
in the visual arts. I will be doing a presentation - in fact the same
room- right after you! I will be taking art education to a more high-tech
level, showing how students with disabilities can do art using the
computer and related peripherals. Some of these devices include
alternative keyboards, switches, touch windows, specially designed
trackballs and joysticks, head mice, and more. You should consider
attending it - it may take you to the next step!

Regarding adapting art programs for use by students with disabilities,
most companies don't consider this because the population served would be
so small - and cost too much money. So, the customer must often find a
way to do this. Within your school district, there should be
occupational, physical or speech therapists who have some type of
assistive technology training. If not, your nearby UW Stout does. Like
them, I have taken already made software programs such as the Claris
Works painting program, Kid Pix, Dabbler, With Open Eyes, PhotoPaint and
more. Once you learn the basics and perform a healthy dose of
troubleshooting, you can learn to adapt most other programs.

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