[blindkid] idea for research topic

Mike Freeman k7uij at panix.com
Thu Sep 17 01:51:07 UTC 2009

Goodness! I'm not sure even high school kids should have BrailleNotes, 
let alone elementary school kids and I'm virtually certain that 
preschool is too early for the Mountbatten. (grin)

Guess there's more than one drummer in NFB! (grin)


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Grace Sato" <grace at babymilagro.org>
To: <blindkid at nfbnet.org>
Sent: Wednesday, September 16, 2009 1:55 PM
Subject: [blindkid] idea for research topic


I would like to see research done on blind children and adaptive 
technology, something that ultimately concludes that getting a 
Mountbatten for preschoolers to use at home is a best practice.
Or that issuing a BrailleNote to kindergarten-aged  kids  learning to 
read and write is  appropriate. Perhaps do a five-year study of the 
literacy levels of kids who got technology to use at home when they were 
two and those that didn't? What is the different in their reading rates 
by fifth grade, for example?

Getting AT in the hands of  blind kids ASAP supports literacy 
initiatives and helps a family support their child with concrete, 
tangible steps. AT should be in the home by preschool when (sighted) 
three and four year olds are scribbling their first letters. But most of 
us live in a world where we (parents) are the lone advocates for AT for 
our kids and the administrators only obsess about the cost. Then when 
you ask they buy "one for home and one for school" it gets really 

That's my suggestion. Questions? Please write me off list. I'm a 
technology professional in California's Silicon Valley, mother of a 
blind second grader, and this is my hot button....can you tell? :-)

Graciela Tiscareño-Sato
Author of "Letting Your Child's Wild Side Out: Raising the Wild and 
Confident Blind Baby, Toddler and Preschooler"



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