[blindkid] Technology and Little Kid

Heather craney07 at rochester.rr.com
Thu Feb 18 21:07:39 UTC 2010


Oh, they have improved them.  That is neat.  The one we tried about ten 
years ago identified the black parts of our cat ziggy as purple and the 
white parts as lilac.  Poor ziggy.  The running joke was that he was a 
metrosexual cat.  Oh, and it said my brown hair was green, so I was the 
witch girl with the metrosexual cat.  roflmao
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Carol Castellano" <blindchildren at verizon.net>
To: "NFBnet Blind Kid Mailing List,(for parents of blind children)" 
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Sent: Thursday, February 18, 2010 1:04 PM
Subject: Re: [blindkid] Technology and Little Kid


> There are are several on the market--you can see them at Independent 
> Living Aids.  Serena just got one called Colorino.  You can put it against 
> an object--piece of clothing, etc.--and it will announce the color.  It 
> worked on our cats as well, which was extremely cool.
>
> Re coloring screens, people can make their own and I believe APH sells one 
> or two styles.
>
> Carol
>
> At 12:21 PM 2/18/2010, you wrote:
>>Absolutely-- I have been wanting to brainstorm and add as many other
>>things as anyone can come up with; all suggestions are welcome.
>>
>>The screens should be easy enough--
>>
>>What sort of color identifiers are you thinking of? I recall some
>>tactile color swatches with different textures but I cannot recall the
>>particulars.
>>
>>Richard
>>
>>
>>On Feb 18, 2010, at 10:49 AM, Carol Castellano wrote:
>>
>>>Hi Richard,
>>>
>>>Love the gopbc technology site!  Maybe add coloring screens and
>>>color identifiers?
>>>
>>>Carol
>>>
>>>At 10:00 AM 2/18/2010, you wrote:
>>>>I just re-read Dave's question.
>>>>
>>>>I think some of us (myself included) may have missed part of his
>>>>original question. The child's peers, assuming they have typical
>>>>vision, are most likely seeing technology constantly. It will take a
>>>>lot more than only a slate and stylus to "keep up". I guess it sort
>>>>of
>>>>begs the question as to what in particular she wants to keep up with
>>>>the most, but obviously there will need to be braille and
>>>>presumably a
>>>>cane introduced if they are not already in use. (I assume the child
>>>>is
>>>>able to travel typically.) My point being not to overlook the
>>>>obvious--
>>>>
>>>>If the kids are playing stories or music, it might be a library of
>>>>congress tape player or their newer digital system, or it might be an
>>>>mp3 player, and that could be a typical player with tactile buttons
>>>>(as in the exact opposite of an ipod touch) or something more
>>>>extreme,
>>>>like a victor reader.
>>>>
>>>>If the kids are enjoying videos, it might be playing described videos
>>>>or even conventional ones in a way the child can manage on his/her
>>>>own. The technology in this case might be the adapted media itself or
>>>>simply an accessible player-- maybe it is marking controls with
>>>>tactile tape and avoiding flat, smooth controls. If other kids are on
>>>>the computer, it might be using a screen reader like Jaws, and on and
>>>>on.
>>>>
>>>>I would again suggest something like her looking at the list I posted
>>>>to get a better idea of what she's really trying to accomplish:
>>>>http://www.gopbc.org/gopbc_technology.htm
>>>>
>>>>There are doubtless more comprehensive lists with even more ideas
>>>>(please post them if you have them), but the answer to keep up with
>>>>peers across the board in technology is going to involve long-term
>>>>exposure to many different adaptations and technology solutions
>>>>because that is what all the other kids have around themselves
>>>>constantly...
>>>>
>>>>Richard
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>On Feb 17, 2010, at 10:01 PM, David Andrews wrote:
>>>>
>>>>>I got asked a question, the other day, and since most of my
>>>>>experience is with blind adults -- I didn't know quite what to say.
>>>>>A woman said she had a four year old totally blind daughter, and she
>>>>>wanted her to keep up with her peers in technology, so what
>>>>>assistive technology/technology is there  -- should she start using
>>>>>with her child?
>>>>>
>>>>>Dave
>>>>>
>>>>>
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> carol_castellano at verizon.net
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