In line with its mandate, the panel visits schools each year to collect data and evaluate the mechanism put in place to eliminate barriers to education access among disabled students.
The paper recognizes Richard physical condition and limitations within the learning context. However, it is also of the view that he has to perform various learning activities to a normal level. To this end, assistive technology is proposed to enable Richard learn with minimal difficulties. Assistive technology refers to the devices used by people with disability to carry out human functions in a normal way (Hersh, 2008). Richard has been using Braille to write and read sociology notes since he joined Grade 1 .However, the Braille is heavy, disruptive, inefficient, and inflexible, outdated and require large space for storage of generated notes.
The above disadvantages form the basis for the identification of suitable technology to replace Braille. The proposed devices are referred to as UDL solutions in this essay. Given that Richard has been using Braille for long time, an adapted computer is considered the best replacement. This computer has Braille keyboard fixed in it instead of QWERTY keyboard which could have taken him long time to familiarize with. He shall use Braille keyboard to write sociology notes and print the notes using Braille printer. In addition, the notes can be converted to digital text and read out loud to him using talking word processor. Besides, the PC is light, flexible and has internal storage system.
To complement the hardware components, the essay discusses two important applications, voice recognition software and speech synthesizer. The former shall enable Richard to issue commands like save and open to a computer. Again, he will use voice commands to edit sociology notes and texts stored in the computer memory. Instead of typing which takes long time, he shall use voice input to ...Show more