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Feasibility

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Feasibility

  1. 1. Continued Education for the Blind Feasibility Report on the UMass School System Matt Rosenberg ENL-266 December 9, 2010
  2. 2. Overview <ul><li>A lot of information available online for the blind </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Perkins School of the Blind </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>CollegeBoard.com </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>University websites </li></ul></ul><ul><li>No organized way to compare schools </li></ul>
  3. 3. My Client <ul><li>Morgayne Mulkern </li></ul><ul><ul><li>High school student at Bridgewater-Raynham </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Blind </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Excels in a public school </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Looking to continue her education at the college level </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Purpose <ul><li>To find a suitable school for Morgayne to continue her education </li></ul><ul><ul><li>State funding </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>UMass school system: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>University of Massachusetts Amherst </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>University of Massachusetts Boston </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>University of Massachusetts Dartmouth </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>University of Massachusetts Lowell </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Problem <ul><li>Finding a school that will suit Morgayne’s needs: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Beneficial major </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Comfortable campus </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Assistive Technology </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Transportation </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Requirements/Criteria <ul><li>Psychology/Law </li></ul><ul><li>Braille availability </li></ul><ul><li>Assistive technology </li></ul><ul><li>Guided services </li></ul><ul><li>Councilors </li></ul><ul><li>Suburban campus </li></ul><ul><li>Transportation on/off-campus </li></ul>
  7. 7. Research Methodology <ul><li>Online Resources: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>University websites </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>CollegeBoard website </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Google Maps </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Personal interviews </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Disability Services departments </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Findings <ul><li>University of Massachusetts Amherst </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Psychology, no law school </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Consumer Managers appointed </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Disability Services </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Access assistants/note-takers/lab assistants </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Assistive technology available </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Voice recognition software/document readers/recorders </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Urban/suburban campus </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Call-ahead transportation on campus </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Bus service off campus </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2 ½ hours away </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Findings <ul><li>University of Massachusetts Boston </li></ul><ul><ul><li>No psychology/law programs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Urban campus </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Public transportation </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Findings <ul><li>University of Massachusetts Dartmouth </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Psychology and pre-law undergraduate programs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Center for Access and Success </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Councilors/lab-assistants/note-takers </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Assistive technology available </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Document scanning/reading devices/recorders </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Suburban campus </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Call-ahead transportation on campus </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Off-campus bus service </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>45 minutes away </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Findings <ul><li>University of Massachusetts Lowell </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Psychology, no law school </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Disability Services </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Access assistants/councilors </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Assistive technology program </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Augmentative communication devices </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Small urban campus </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>MBTA public transportation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>1 hour 15 minutes away </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Recommendation <ul><li>University of Massachusetts Dartmouth </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Psychology </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Pre-law as second choice </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Center for Access and Success </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Help with the transition </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Assistive technology </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Comfortable suburban campus </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Call-ahead transportation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Close to home </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Questions ?

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