[blindkid] an assistive technology related question

Patricia bcsarah.fan at gmail.com
Fri Jul 3 04:07:51 UTC 2009

Hi everyone:

I have been a member of this list for quite sometime now, but up to this point have been thoughtfully reading your posts and have resorted to being the shy observer in the back of the class *smiles*. 

I have a question that I feel could be answered by some of you, but I thought I would introduce myself first.

I am a university student hoping to graduate with my Bachelors degree this coming year. I am involved in my student union as well as spreading awareness about Disability Services in my university, and have been gainfully employed for the last three summers between semesters in a government job.

I have been totally blind since birth (with light perception) and as such have been used to using a variety of assistive technologies throughout my life. 

I was recently asked by my disability services Advisor if I would be able to assist in giving a presentation on blindness technologies used throughout the lifespan. The course involves looking at assistive technologies for a variety of disabilities across the lifespan, and is a 13 week course but I have been given an hour and a half to speak. I have a fairly good idea of what is being used today, but being that I am not a young child or teenager anymore I don't know everything that is being used in the school systems today and was wondering if anyone would be willing to share with me what young blind people are using these days. Gosh, that makes me sound old! *Smiles*. I have been asked to stick with technologies that people use who are unable to read print effectively, so would appreciate any insights you could share.

I look forward to continuing to read the list, and helping out if/when I can.   

Thanks in advance for any help.


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