[Athen] A Dragon question

Mary J. Ziegler maryz at MIT.EDU
Fri Jun 27 11:14:30 PDT 2008


I agree with Gaier, but would add that we have, on occasion, made it clear
to students that they may use the AT lab initially only on a trial or
temporary basis in order to try out a technology. After an agreed upon
period of time, we request that they check back with us and review if the
solution is working for them or not. If it is, we allow them to continue
to use the lab, but if it's not, we have a chance to suggest an alternative.

Good luck,

Mary J. Ziegler
Team Leader, Adaptive Technology Services
MIT Information Services and Technology (IS&T)
ATIC Lab Room 7-143
maryz at mit.edu

----- Original Message -----
From: "Wink Harner" <wink.harner at mcmail.maricopa.edu>
To: "Access Technologists in Higher Education Network" <athen at athenpro.org>
Sent: Friday, June 27, 2008 1:51 PM
Subject: Re: [Athen] A Dragon question

Thanks Gaier. Appreciate the advice. I think I will prepare my AT staff in
advance for how to work with him in the lab. I made some other
(well, I thought they were good!) for alternatives, but he wanted nothing
to do with anything else.

Will keep you (all) posted.

Thanks again,


>-- Original Message --

>From: "Gaeir Dietrich" <gdietrich at htctu.net>

>To: "'Access Technologists in Higher Education Network'"

><athen at athenpro.org>

>Date: Fri, 27 Jun 2008 10:03:43 -0700

>Subject: Re: [Athen] A Dragon question

>Reply-To: Access Technologists in Higher Education Network

><athen at athenpro.org>



>You are absolutely correct in all that you say...and my advice, let him


>it anyway. Odds are he'll fail very quickly, and that will be the end of


>He'll move on to the next great idea.


>Any other course of action on your part, and you become "the problem."


>Just my two cents. ;-)



>Gaeir (rhymes with "fire") Dietrich

>High Tech Center Training Unit of the

>California Community Colleges

>De Anza College, Cupertino, CA



>-----Original Message-----

>From: athen-bounces at athenpro.org [mailto:athen-bounces at athenpro.org] On

>Behalf Of Wink Harner

>Sent: Friday, June 27, 2008 8:33 AM


>Subject: [Athen] A Dragon question


>Hi all,


>This is a question about DNS use as appropriate accommodation, not a


>question. A student has multiple disorders including OCD & inability to


>his voice. He is demanding Dragon Naturally Speaking [which would be


>to use in our adaptive lab where it is loaded --an 8-station lab in the


>with other people working/talking/using computers]. I explained how one


>to speak in grammatically correct (more or less) English and be able to


>tone & pitch reasonably well with the voice in order to receive optimum


>& recognition. He is not asking for this as an accommodation, nor does he

>have any documentation that would necessarily support it as an


>but rather he wants to have it for "taking notes" for personal use and


>He is unable to control his anger & frustration and I tried very hard to

>explain that there were other, better options which he could use at home,

>including purchasing DNS on his own, purchasing a portable speech-to-text

>recorder which is a lot more portable. IMHO, the control, both of having

>to think in grammatically correct English and of the voice itself would


>the OCD and not work well with this student.


>Any suggestions from you wise ones?






>Ms. Wink Harner


>Disability Resources & Services

>Mesa Community College

>Mesa AZ







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