[nobe-l] record keeping programs
dwalla at cox.net
Sun Dec 7 16:04:22 UTC 2008
Thanks. Those are great suggestions. I have found that in using sighted
readers who are not familiar with the system; there can be problems. In my
job with Special Education, there is no margin for error. If someone screws
up, I want to be me and then I'll take responsibility. I am far to busy to
have to worry about hiring readers. We have the technology in our society,
so I strongly feel that it needs to be accessible to me. I am not implying
that you or anyone else is not busy, but these IEPS are legal documents, and
because of a bad para, I trust no one. Thanks for your input.
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From: "Kathy McGillivray" <kjm at usfamily.net>
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Sent: Thursday, December 04, 2008 6:08 PM
Subject: Re: [nobe-l] record keeping programs
> Hi, Darrell. It's great that you are trying to plan ahead for the next
> stage in your career. I have a few suggestions. First, you should find out
> how your district provides reasonable accommodations. In other words, is
> there a specific procedure you need to use in order to get them. for
> better or for worse, state government and public school districts often
> have specific peple who are responsible for the accommodation process. You
> should find out what company makes the product the school district will be
> using. Then, call the company yourself and ask what they know about its
> accessibility. Also, call Freedom Scientific about the product and ask
> about any experience they have had with it. I also suggest you see if
> there is a way you can try out the product by getting a dummy version from
> the company for a short trial. If the program seems accessible, great. If
> not, you will need to decide how you want to handle that. You could ask
> the district to hire a reader to assist with record keeping or you could
> decide to hire the reader, yourself.
> It is reasonable for you to ask for JAWS to be loaded onto a computer.
> That said, I have chosen to handle this myself in my current job. I just
> told them I needed to load JAWS onto my work computer so I would have
> access. Since I already own JAWS for home use, there was no reason I
> couldn't also use it on a work computer. My employer had no experience
> with this, so I handled it myself. All I requested was administrative
> priveliges so I could load JAWS, Duxbury, and Kurzweil onto it. I have
> asked my employer to pay for upgrades to Duxbury and Kurzweil.
> Fortunately, I'm the disability services director at a university, so I'm
> basically determining and implementing my own accommodations.
> Bottom line, do not assume or expect anything. Instead, decide what you
> want to request as accommodations and take responsibility for their
> implementation. Don't be demanding, but do be respectfully assertive.
> Generally, I've found I need to do my own research on how accessible
> specific software programs will be. It's not realistic to expect my
> employer to have that knowledge. Besides, I'd rather interact with them
> about my job than about my disability, whenever possible.
> Best wishes and feel free to email if you want more input.
> Kathy McGillivray
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "darrell walla" <dwalla at cox.net>
> To: "NFBnet National Organization of Blind Educators Mailing List"
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> Sent: Wednesday, December 03, 2008 11:02 PM
> Subject: [nobe-l] record keeping programs
>> I am teaching in a large public school setting. I emailed many of you
>> last year with an issue regarding the email program known as First Class.
>> I found the feedback I received to be very helpful. Now I need advice
>> Next year we are starting a new record keeping program known as Infinite
>> Campus. It will have all records of the students on there, including
>> grades, IEPs, etc. As a Special Education teacher, I will be using these
>> forms. This gives me many concerns.
>> 1. Has anyone used Infinite Campus with JAWS? I know many schools are
>> now using this program.
>> 2. I don't want to be left out in the planning process. When I started
>> this current job three years ago, the district paid someone to modify the
>> SASI modules, which is the program we use now, so that I could do some of
>> the record keeping. The rest of the programs were left for my para to
>> work with. She can best be described as incompetent. There have been
>> many problems, particularly with the IEP forms. What can I do to make
>> sure that I am up and ready to go with our new Infinite Campus program
>> next fall just like any of the other teachers? When we have training
>> this spring, can I expect the company and the school district to have a
>> computer with JAWS available so that I can go through the training?
>> 3. Does the company that produces the Infinite Campus have to make this
>> program accessible to me, or is it the responsibility of the school
>> Please provide me with some ideas. I am excited to use the program if it
>> will allow independence in most areas. My hope is to spend my last ten
>> years or so of teaching with a system that I can use, only having to do
>> updates just as anyone else does. Thanks for listening.
>> Darrell Walla
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