[Athen] Portable CCTV

Daryl Murphy dmurphy at collegeofthedesert.edu
Mon Oct 29 08:41:00 PDT 2007

We use a Clarity unit called the Classroom Travelmate. It has an X-Y
Table and you rotate the camera to view the white board from across the
room. We have a 20' TV attached to it, all placed on a adjustable roll
about table. We have three of these setups so we can provide different
locations for just the situation that you described. The web site is;

http://www.clarityusa.com/ <http://www.clarityusa.com/>

From: athen-bounces at athenpro.org [mailto:athen-bounces at athenpro.org] On
Behalf Of Larry Kiser
Sent: Friday, October 26, 2007 11:50
To: athen at athenpro.org
Subject: [Athen] Portable CCTV

To the Athen Community:

I am interested in how you all provide CCTV access in multiple
classrooms throughout the day for an individual student with low vision.
A student I currently work with has no vision in one eye and limited
vision in the other. The student uses a magnifier at times but relies
on a desktop CCTV in the classroom for textbook viewing. The student
registered for two classes and we were able to arrange for them to meet
in the same classroom. We anticipate in the future scheduling two or
more classes for the same room may not be possible. Another issue is
the type of CCTV the student wants to use. Initially a MyReader unit
was placed on an adjustable table in the classroom. The student did not
like the fact this unit did not have an X-Y table and we therefore
replaced it with an Optelec ClearView unit that does have an X-Y table.
So far the student had not complained about this setup. However, the
student indicated a desire to have a closer view of boardwork.

The Optelec ClearView is not easily transportable. Even the MyReader is
relatively heavy for a portable. We may be able to have our AV
department move units from classroom to classroom on a schedule but they
typically roll units (TVs, computers, etc) into a classroom on a cart
and plug them in. I would think that for optimal viewing of a CCTV it
should be on the student's desk. Should we expect AV to lift units for
a cart to a desk and visa versa several times a day? Is there a special
desk cart that would provide sufficient work space beyond the CCTV? It
would be ideal if the student could carry a unit into the classroom and
set it up on an adjustable table. Do any of you have experience with
any of the Clarity products that have near, intermediate and distance
viewing? Any other suggestions would be welcomed.

Larry Kiser, Counselor

Disabilities Resource Center

Santa Fe Community College

Gainesville, FL

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