[blindkid] Ipad only

Jody Ianuzzi thunderwalker321 at gmail.com
Wed Nov 12 21:07:39 UTC 2014


Hello parents

I am a blind 61 year old grandmother. I joined this list in the hope of sharing my experiences. 

I went to school in the 1960s when the only technology available were heavy records and reel to reel recording tapes. 

I have always embraced the newest technology and I was probably one of the first to have speech on my computer in the 1980s on a RadioShack TRS 80 with a speech synthesizer and a program developed by the navy. I have used notetakers from the beginning and I have used screen readers on my computers

That said I now do everything on my iPhone 6.  I have adaptive apps that do everything from identify currency, read barcodes,  Scan and read documents, magnify as a handheld CCTV,  talking GPS, and so many more including games. Little that I think when I was playing those heavy records on an old record player that I would one day be listening to talking books on a BARD app in my pocket. Apple offers out of the box accessible technology that we would've dreamed of back in the days of all the old  very expensive adaptive technology. 

I agree that a student should have more than one tool in their toolbox but when you consider that all of the adaptive technology combined in my iPhone would have cost $20,000 in the past it is rather remarkable  Personally I would not want to be limited by the new note takers when I have the vast resources of my iPhone which costs hundreds of dollars compared to thousands of dollars of the more limited devices. 

Just my two cents. 

JODY 🐺

"Life begins where your comfort zone ends."

> On Nov 12, 2014, at 11:45 AM, Bernadette Jacobs via blindkid <blindkid at nfbnet.org> wrote:
> 
> Linda, as much as I think this really stinks, I think you're right. MSB, (Maryland School for the Blind), is doing the same with their students.  My daughter Virginia is over there.  Yes, she's doing quite well with the Ipad/Braille Display thing.  However, I agree with most on this list.  Don't give us this ONLY garb!!!  We should be able to use what works for us???  Now that I'm fuming!!!  Oh Glory!!!  Only trying to be nice and charitable???
> 
> Bernie
>> On 11/12/2014 11:37 AM, Linda A.Coccovizzo via blindkid wrote:
>> My girls are using the iPads with the RefreshaBrailles at school.  They are doing well with these because this is what they started out with and what they are used to.  I think though, especially my youngest, would take off with a braille note taker of some kind, and the Braille Sense devices are awesome.  If that is what your daughter is used to, I think I would push for the upgrade of that device.  I'm going to go out on a limb here, and say that the school is probably planning on purchasing the iPad and then using APH quota funds to get the RefreshaBraille.  Much cheaper then a new Sense.
>> 
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: blindkid [mailto:blindkid-bounces at nfbnet.org] On Behalf Of Penny Duffy via blindkid
>> Sent: Wednesday, November 12, 2014 10:31 AM
>> To: Amber Hall; NFBnet Blind Kid Mailing List (for parents of blind children)
>> Subject: Re: [blindkid] Ipad only
>> 
>> Oh and I assume the braille display would have braille input keys.  it would A Huge No without.
>>> On Nov 12, 2014 11:27 AM, "Penny Duffy" <pennyduffy at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> 
>>> Abby uses an IPAD and a braille display because they have 1:1 iPads
>>> district wide and it works for her. There are things the does an ok
>>> job with and that's braille transcribing can have a lag.  Also the
>>> braille sense is always on and ready. I  am still on thr fence and
>>> Abby may need a notetaker someday. It seems silly to move your
>>> daughter to an ipad only if the braille sense is working so well with
>>> her. Do they have a tech eval to say the IPad is a better tool? What is thier reasoning?
>>> On Nov 12, 2014 10:52 AM, "Amber Hall via blindkid"
>>> <blindkid at nfbnet.org>
>>> wrote:
>>> 
>>>> Hello, it's been a while since I've been on here. But I have a
>>>> question for parents of kiddos who are using iPads with braille display at school.
>>>> My daughter has a braille sense. she's had it for probably four years now.
>>>> She does very good on it, but the school is wanting her to go to iPad
>>>> only with a braille display. I'm kind of hesitant because I know I've
>>>> heard negative things on here about doing that.
>>>> Any suggestions on what I can say to help my case when I present it
>>>> to the school?
>>>> My daughter loves her braillesense. She's hesitant to go to the iPad
>>>> because a lot of times it doesn't work for think she needs it too.
>>>> And she is slow with it because she doesn't have a lot of experience with it.
>>>> But they still want her to transition to only ipad anyway.
>>>> Thanks for your help!
>>>> 
>>>> 
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