Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Technology Tuesday

On Friday, April 17, Imagine!’s Out & About department is hosting its Centre Stage Kids Style Performance 2015: Anansi and the Moss Covered Rock. The play is based on a popular African Folk Tale series Anansi Stories.

What does this have to do with technology, you might ask? Well, one of the performers, Jordyn, will use her computerized communication device to recite her lines. Check out the short (one minute) video below to see her in action.

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Jordyn’s mom, Leslie, explains the process:
  1. Once the device is open and ready for her to perform, Jordyn can automatically advance the device to her next line just by looking at it. 
  2. When Jordyn looks at the screen you will see a red dot form. If she looks at it long enough, which isn't very long, the red spot will become a red dot. This means that she has selected that button and it will perform the auctions associated with it. 
  3. Each of Jordyn's lines has a different picture from the previous one so she (and staff members) can be sure she is set for her next line. 
This is a simple but very profound way that technology opens doors for individuals with a variety of disabilities to demonstrate their creativity and artistic talents.

By the way, while this theatre program is already moving forward, Out & About has started a crowdfunding campaign to make sure they have the funds to make it as successful as possible. Please consider helping to support this creative and exciting project. Check out the following video below to learn more, then click here if you would like to donate to this campaign.
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