Assistive Technology in Action – Meet Mason


[ Music ] [ Music ] Mason is 6 years old. He enjoys a variety of things. He likes music. This instrument is called a ukulele. He also enjoys playing the
Wii, he loves bowling and tennis, and he also loves Dance Party,
he calls it, Just Dance. It’s hard for him to follow
along with movements, but he just dances and has a good time. That’s about my favorite game. Mason is visually impaired. He actually is blind in his left eye, and in his right eye he has partial
retina that he uses to see with. With that retina that he has intact, he can see
about 20/300 vision, compared to the normal 20/20. We are a normal family, and
Mason is a normal child. And we just use some adaptations
to help make him successful, and adapt to his needs, and
the loss of his vision. My name is Evie Pemrick, and I’m Mason’s
teacher of the Blind and Visually Impaired, and also his orientation
and mobility specialist. In the classroom Mason uses
his Mountbatten as far as technology goes, mostly
for writing activities. So any time the teacher has the
students doing pencil paper writing, Mason uses his Mountbatten. You go 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. You just press down these keys. When you type something, it
will tell you what you typed. C. A. T. S. It’s like bumps, like bumps you read. So the Mountbatten Brailler
was new to us last year. The school district here has been
fabulous about providing technology, and any other accommodations
that we’ve requested. So the school district purchased the Mountbatten
for Mason to use as long as he needs it. He can read some large print, but at this
point we are teaching him braille early, so that as the letters get smaller and the
grades get bigger, he can keep up with the class by being real comfortable with the braille. He also uses an iPad, at school and
at home, which is convenient for him for educational games, for spelling,
because the letters are often larger, and the contrast is usually better, which
makes it easier for him to see that. Spell came. E – C – C – A – A – M – E – C – A – M – E. Came. Super. Mason uses the SMART Board at school,
which is great for him because it’s so large. Often it’s high contrast, and he can interact with the SMART Board, just
like his classmates can. So, it allows him to be that normal child. When the classmates are interacting with the
SMART Board, he can go up and use it as well, because it’s often big enough for him to see. So this is the SMART Board here. You have to tap an E and then
you have to put it into the nest. Technology in the field of blind and
visual impairments is constantly changing. And in fact, Mason, while
he’s using a Mountbatten now, that’s not necessarily the
primary piece of technology that he’ll be using in a couple of years. There are braille note takers,
there are screen reading devices. Technology is constantly changing, and
Mason, because he’s so technology-driven, that will probably be continuing to integrate
technology into his classroom experience. I’ll see you later. Got Gotta drive. Bye. [ Music ]

Danny Hutson

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