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This presentation complements a case study on a student with low vision, who uses assistive technologies, developed by the ICT Resources Centre for Special Needs of Mirandela (Portugal).

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  1. 1.  Global• To evaluate the impact of assistive technology use in the daily life of a student with low vision. Specific• To observe the interaction of the student with assistive technology;• To analyse how useful AT is in the teaching and learning process;• To analyse how AT is applyed in different contexts. Luísa Pratas e Irene Miranda 2
  2. 2.  Situated in Tras-os-Montes region; River Tua crosses the town which is designated as «Tua Princess» Rich gastronomy, famous for «alheira de Mirandela» (a special sausage) “Mirandela, Mirandela Mira-a bem ficarás nela, Quem Mirandela mirou Em Mirandela ficou.”Luísa Pratas e Irene Miranda 3
  3. 3.  Location• Carvalhais primary school – Mirandela Aims• To assess pupils needs in what concernsassistive technologies (AT).• To monitor AT use in the teaching andlearning processes.• To inform, train and recommend AT to theeducational community in the context ofspecial education.• To create instruments for AT use, adapted tospecific situations.• To establish partnerships and protocols. Luísa Pratas e Irene MirandaT 4
  4. 4.  Total• 1110 pupils/students• 141 teachers• 42 support staff Daily courses• Education and Training Courses• Scientific and Humanities courses• Professional Courses Evening course• Adult learning course Luísa Pratas e Irene Miranda 5
  5. 5.  Identification• Name: Ana Sofia Gonçalves Age: 17 years old• Grade :11th• Course: Scientific – Humanities / Languages and Humanities ICF – CY : Functionalities Profile• Severe problems in vision (b210)• Severe difficulties in reading and writing (d166,d170,d325,d345)• Severe difficulties walking in different surface levels (d4502) and around obstacles (d4503).• Environment facilitators: educational technologies (e130); family (e310 , e410); relationships, peers, schoolfellows, friends and people in charge (e320, e325, e425, e330, e430) Luísa Pratas e Irene Miranda 6
  6. 6.  Methodology• Assessment programme preparation• Literature/documents review• Individual planning for assessment procedure• Observation of student’s interaction with AT• Joint analysis for final decision• Participation of all actors in the process Luísa Pratas e Irene Miranda 7
  7. 7.  Ana’s evaluation – start on 10/02/2009 Use of different AT: • Electronic zoom system Merlin LCD Zooms up to 60X, controls colour (contrast - positive/negative…) and brightness.•ZoomText SoftwareCustomizes desktop featuresaccording to user’s needs.Luísa Pratas e Irene Miranda 8
  8. 8.  Zoomtext Software Compact + Glass Laptop with zoom 10 X and TFT screen 10 cm Whiteboard in class Adapted desk Desk lamp (cold light) Materials in zoom fontLuísa Pratas e Irene Miranda 9
  9. 9. Luísa Maria PratasMaria Irene Miranda 10