[Athen] Dragon/MathTalk/Scientific Notebook info

Shelley Haven shelley at techpotential.net
Tue Jul 21 10:43:47 PDT 2009

Hi, Glenda!

I am not a lawyer ... nor do I play one on TV ;-) ... but hopefully
this info can help narrow your search for applicable cases.

I think the laws that apply in this situation are Section 504 of the
Rehab Act and Title II of the ADA, which (generally speaking) provide
students with the rights to equal programmatic access at institutions
receiving federal financial assistance. In particular, you might want
to look at the 2000 case involving North Carolina State, where the
complainant alleged that AT was not maintained, out-of-date, or
otherwise non-functional:
Another possibility: Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, where
the complainant alleged obsolete AT and a lack of support for adapted
computers (some info follows, along with other noteworthy cases):
Both cases pointed to the need for maintaining assistive technology
once it's purchased, and that AT should be part of an institution-wide

Lastly, check out this article on the ATHEN-Pro site:

Hope this helps, or at leads heads you in the right direction.

- Shelley

Shelley Haven ATP, RET
Assistive Technology Consultant

On Jul 21, 2009, at 6:48 AM, Hong, Glenda wrote:

> We have been trying to get our Dragon/MathTalk/Scientific Notebook

> set up for quite a while now and nothing we have tried seems to

> work. Our Office of Technology Services seems to think they have it

> fixed ( and close the work request) and we are left with no

> functionality for students. Can anyone send me links to ADA Law and

> to any recent use of the law against a Community College or

> University that would help me up the interest of administration to

> get the problems addressed? I have fifteen computers in my lab that

> need serious attention as on a daily basis at least three will blue

> screen and dump all physical memory. Iit is never the same three at

> a time. The high speed scanner and PC it is attached to are non-

> functional and my office machine on which I work to create alt.

> format is also blue screening on a daily basis. I have been trying

> to get across to our OTS and my supervisor that the Assistive

> Technology Lab needs some serious work before the fall semester

> begins, but I don’t seem to be getting anywhere. I have a student

> currently in a math class that needs to be able to use the Dragon

> setup to do his assignments. Any help or advice would be a

> tremendous help. gh


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