This blog focuses on success stories, ideas, supports, services and many more areas in which we can empower people with different abilities in having equal access to the world. Everyone is welcome to join in this conversation. It includes research, experience and opinion. We need to talk about these areas and continue to look at ways to do things better. We have not been doing any of this long enough to be satisfied with what we have. Complacency is not an option for anyone.
First Author Writing Software produced by Don Johnston has tremendous potential. This is a
newer piece of software they have produced which focuses on developing writing
skills for students with more significant disabilities. Writing and composition
is often overlooked and never adequately addressed for many students. For those
with more significant disabilities, they may not come to school with the same
density of experiences in scribbling, interactions with writing tools and
general exploration of using their hands or using other access methods such as
switches to engage in beginning composition. This particular software walks you
through the stages of writing in a very systematic yet exploratory manner for
the student. It is very adaptable and can be used in combination with many other
programs. We need to give students regular extended opportunities to develop
these skills. This includes ample "scribble" time for written language
(letters, words, pictures) to develop. Take a look at this program. They
provide a thorough overview on the website.