[blindkid] idea for research topic

Susan Harper sueharper at firstchurchgriswold.org
Thu Sep 17 22:47:41 UTC 2009

What the heck is a mountbatten.  I new to all this technology, but I am
willing to learn.
Sue H.

On Wed, Sep 16, 2009 at 4:55 PM, Grace Sato <grace at babymilagro.org> wrote:

> Melissa,
> 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 hilarious.
> 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”*
> www.babymilagro.org/dvd
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