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PostPosted: Sat Mar 22, 2003 8:23 am    Post subject: special ed and graphic comm skills Reply with quote

Our son has multiple learning disabilities. He is almost ten years old. I bought a Gateway tablet PC this month (I am a technology instructor, Graphics) and have been using it with him, as well. I loaded Corel's Grafigo on the tablet and within minutes he figured out how to use the shapes palette, how to trace over objects, change the pen colors, etc. Granted, this child has had a _lot_ of time on both Macs and PCs at home, due to my field of work and the software/equipment I own; but I was truly impressed with what he was able to do in a very short time, and with minimal instruction. He can now open the program; set it for the prefs he wants; draw and write his name; and make a new file as needed.

This is a very _empowering_ experience for a kid who has limited academic success by the "usual" standards. For years now, I have believed that technology would supplement his low communications skills, and that perhaps the text-to-speech function would enable him to "speak" intelligibly to others.

For me, the software was a perfect combination of intuitive flexibility and obvious usefulness.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 23, 2003 10:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi,
Thank you for posting about your son's use of the Gateway Tablet PC.

I think it's very important for all of us to realize that new technology performing simple functions does more than just makes our lives easier. It also empowers others to do things they never could do before. Clearly anything we can do to help others learn will help them in society in the future.

Again, thank you for the inspiring comments.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 23, 2003 10:55 am    Post subject: Re: special ed and graphic comm skills Reply with quote

[quote="romy"]Our son has multiple learning disabilities. He is almost ten years old. I bought a Gateway tablet PC this month (I am a technology instructor, Graphics) and have been using it with him, as well. I loaded Corel's Grafigo on the tablet and within minutes he figured out how to use the shapes palette, how to trace over objects, change the pen colors, etc. Granted, this child has had a _lot_ of time on both Macs and PCs at home, due to my field of work and the software/equipment I own; but I was truly impressed with what he was able to do in a very short time, and with minimal instruction. He can now open the program; set it for the prefs he wants; draw and write his name; and make a new file as needed.

This is a very _empowering_ experience for a kid who has limited academic success by the "usual" standards. For years now, I have believed that technology would supplement his low communications skills, and that perhaps the text-to-speech function would enable him to "speak" intelligibly to others.

For me, the software was a perfect combination of intuitive flexibility and obvious usefulness.[/quote]

That is a very moving testimony and probably the genesis of good things to come!
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 19, 2003 7:04 am    Post subject: Thank you very much Reply with quote

Romy,

I was the lead designer for Corel Grafigo v1.0, a small project that I enjoyed very much. Hearing a story like yours moves me, especially in an industry where a primary focus is often production. It's all too easy to lose sight of why we are doing these things in the first place.

Thank you very much for sharing, Romy. Your story has made it all worthwhile.

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