Maybe I'm in the wrong place for this, so If I am it would be greatly appreciated if someone would let me know. My name is Morgan, I am a 19 year old student at Whatcom Community College in Washington. I have lived in Washington since last Febuary when I moved from Tennessee here. This was to remove myself from a bad situation and also to : grow up, put myself back into school and make something of my life. I have two younger brothers with autism. They're names are Nate and Zach. Nate's full name is Nathaniel Owen Crowder and he's nine years old. Zach's full name is Zachary Ryan Crowder and he is 6 years old. Although the age difference between the two of them is not a huge barrier, Nate looks much older than Zach due to the fact that Zach was premature so to me he looks like a baby. Maybe that's just sisterly love for you though. I am going to school here to become a speech therapist for kids with dissabilities. Did you know, that it is not only the hearing disabled that use sign as a way to increase communication? Currently A.S.L, otherwise known as American Sign Language is used with people who have Down Syndrome Autism, Aspbergers, mental retardation, and the hearing impaired. Like a dictionary there are signs for almost any word you could imagine. Sometimes, it appears as though disabled children are more easily able to use hand motions to communicate then their words. Many people have skewed views on dissabilities in my opinion. Dissabilities should not be viewed so frequently as challenges but moreover viewed as a gift. It is not something to be proud of if you are a clone. Identical to everyone else. I personally prefer to be an individual. People are much too concerned with what others think of them. Children with disabilities amaze me because even though they are challenged with difficulties, they are also gifted with amazing talents. For example, my brother Nate can solve any puzzle he is given in a matter of minutes, he is gifted with geography, he loves to sing, and is currently enrolled in piano lessons. Zach knows the name of just about every animal there is, loves to sing the itsy bitsy spider and his ABC's , and has a heart of gold. I think what I'm trying to say here is that the world really needs to get to a place where we can all be more at peace with oneanother. We are all different for a reason.We need to cherish and embrace our differences, because if we came together who knows what is possible?
Hi, Morgan! I do lay advocacy for students with special needs here in my corner of the world. You are quite right about accepting people with special challenges.
One thing many of us who use Moodle want to do is to make education more easily accessable to all people inspite of any disabilities. Unfortunately, I'm not aware of any software that signs on the fly. We can do closed caption. As technology advances there may be a day when signing software is available. For now...there has to be a person. Who knows...perhaps your passion will help develop software that does sign on the fly.
Thanks for your post!