[Athen] Assistive technology/possible accommodation for Tourette Syndrome

Sheryl E. Burgstahler sherylb at uw.edu
Wed Feb 17 10:19:10 PST 2016

I suggest the supervisor talk with the student about a possible solution, e.g., would providing the “cushion” of a mouse pad help? Sheryl

On Feb 17, 2016, at 10:08 AM, Paul Chapin <pdchapin at amherst.edu<mailto:pdchapin at amherst.edu>> wrote:

Could you simply replace the mouse with a trackpad or trackball? With the increasing use of gestures in newer operating systems the appearance of a trackpad shouldn’t cause any of the other students to ask awkward questions.

Paul Chapin
Academic Technology Specialist
Amherst College

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From: athen-list <athen-list-bounces at mailman13.u.washington.edu<mailto:athen-list-bounces at mailman13.u.washington.edu>> on behalf of Nazely Kurkjian <kurkjian at binghamton.edu<mailto:kurkjian at binghamton.edu>>
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Date: Wednesday, February 17, 2016 at 9:49 AM
To: Access Technology Higher Education Network <athen-list at u.washington.edu<mailto:athen-list at u.washington.edu>>
Subject: [Athen] Assistive technology/possible accommodation for Tourette Syndrome

Good morning,

A student worker in the library self-identified to their supervisor as having Tourette Syndrome. This came up because there was a patron complaint about a student who was slamming a keyboard mouse to the desk every few minutes. The supervisor, before she knew about this student's disability, emailed her student staff asking if anyone knew about whether or not any keyboard mice were having issues. This student then told her it was him and explained why. He says he slams the mouse against the desk, not because it's not working, but he says he has no way of stopping it. It wasn't like this all semester, but it's more uncontrollable now. He's broken a mouse already, and she's concerned he'll break more/distract patrons in a library setting, but adds he's an amazing worker and she wants to find a possible solution to the slamming mice situation. She will ask if he's interested in doing other work in the library stacks, and not at the circulation desk, for now. He seems embarrassed by it and doesn't want the other student workers to know. I don't know if he's registered with our office..and I don't know if he has this slamming situation with other items he's holding in his hand. I wonder if using a laptop would be an appropriate solution. I really don't think I have enough details, but am curious at what possible solutions exist. I did see this head tracker software<https://www.enablemart.com/vivo-mouse>...

Thank you in advance for you wisdom ~

Nazely Kurkjian
"Shame on us... If we let the wonders of educational technology and broadband internet lead to more inequality as opposed to less"

Adaptive Technology Specialist
Binghamton University
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