Thursday, April 9, 2009

Look! Look!

Living in the State of Stuck: How Assistive Technology Impacts the Lives of People With Disabilities Brookline Books; 4th (2005) by Marcia J. Scherer $19.80

“Provides an overview of the issues surrounding assistive technology by using vignettes to describe those who use assistive devices and those who tried and abandoned them.”

I have been looking for information to help with, what I have learned is a fairly common phenomenon, students refusing to use the assistive devices that will help them, because 'normal' people will see. One of my students actually said, "It's better to be stupid, than different." My student population is at risk if they are not able to take advantage of all that is available to them, and this is the first book I've seen that comes from their point of view. After hearing my middle schoolers say that we don't understand, I have started trying to see more from their perspectives.

The Magnifying Glass Pro utility is a virtual magnifier that enables you to enlarge (magnify) text and graphics as they are displayed on your computer monitor or attached television screen, or projected onto a larger media during a presentation (e.g., using an application such as PowerPoint). As you pass your mouse cursor over a section of the viewing area, the display is magnified making it instantly more readable and accessible. In addition, you can apply a variety of visual effects and enhancements to that display. Magnifying Glass Pro is modestly priced at $24.95.

The links for both of these are to the left as well

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