Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Changing the Game

Sometimes technology changes slowly and you can barely see it.  Then there are moments when the tech is seen anew and we realize that the whole world has changed.  The wheel or the printing press.  Today I had one of those moments.  Soon you will to.

American schools have been slow to provide the tools for supporting people with disabilities - but many schools have been quick to supply computers to there classrooms.  Trying to look modern without changing the fundamentals of there internal structure.  Now a group of people have placed all the various programs that make computers tools of access for students.  Basically free open source programs that fundamentally change the rules of the game.  Of course they are cutting at the tree of money that Microsoft and Apple are counting for there supplies.

This is an amazing leap forward - parents acting in there own self interest for the good of there students with out institutional permission or support.  Don't trust me read about it yourself at
http://speedchange.blogspot.com/2011/05/freedom-stick-and-massive-resistance.html

If this had existed when I was in high school - how my world might have been different.

3 comments:

River Dej said...

I think this is great! I actually met a dyslexic filmmaker in college. He was working on a documentary to help spread awareness about dyslexia and trying to give advocates the backing they need and deserve.. just like every kid should be able to learn how to read. I'm helping him out with this project. I hope other decide to do so too!

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/dyslexia/dislecksia-the-movie-kickstarter-the-sequel

Grace said...

cool!

abumom said...

I am a mom of a pretty severly dyslexic kid, and I am pretty sure I know where his dna came from--albeit in a milder form. I have been (jumping around) reading various posts and love what you are saying because it helps me get inside my kid's head!

So, please keep posting!