[Accessibility] Linux in the classroom

john goldthwaite jgoldthwaite at yahoo.com
Tue Mar 29 08:07:29 PST 2005

Those are really good questions and areas that we
should address in parallel with the standards efforts.

We could talk to several other organizations about
organizing efforts.  SIGAccess in the ACM was asked by
the ACM governing board to develop a accessibility
initiative for the ACM.  I'll talk to the current
chair, Vicki Hanson and see what we can organize.  We
should also talk to the computer SIG in RESNA about
it- that will address rehabilitation engineers and AT

The bigger group is technical specialists in special
education.  Do anyone know what professional group
they belong to?

--- Sandy Gabrielli <spiraljetty at yahoo.com> wrote:
> Hey guys,
> I'm working on some proposals that might end up
> utilizing Linux Accessibility tools in regular
> classrooms.  
> Here is the part that has me a litle concerned. 
> What
> about the teachers?  You notice I'm not too
> concerned
> about the kids.  Most teachers have some
> understanding
> of the systems that they have been using from the
> standpoint of whatever software and OS they have
> been
> given.  They often aren't technical so they rely on
> IT
> support folks at their school, possibly AT support
> people, friends and relatives or even students and
> parents, for technical support.  They have to rely
> on
> training and documentation provided by the AT
> companies that they purchase special needs equipment
> for help.
> In your opinion, what is the current state of the
> documentation/training/support for linux
> accessibility
> solutions?   I'm not sure.  I know that there is an
> advantage to using Linux over the net to say
> Windows(argh) because much of the maintinace and
> installations can be done remotely.  
> Is anyone actively setting up ways to train teachers
> or end users in a way that makes it very very easy
> to
> adopt linux?
> Sandy Gabrielli
> Senior Software Engineer, Archimedes Hawaii Project
> University of Hawaii
> 879 N King Street
> Honolulu, HI 96817-4514
> Ph: (808) 832-3729
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