These outcomes are sophisticated. The preschool child cannot be expected to grasp these concepts, nor probably can the elementary aged child. At young ages children are learning the basic skills that are the foundation for accomplishing most orientation and mobility outcomes. Most of these outcomes will be accomplished in late middle school and high school.
Students will understand the recent paradigm shift from the industrial age to the communications age. They will learn the language of cyberspace and they will articulate the implications of the paradigm shift.
Students will be able to navigate in cyberspace.
Students will understand the need for life long learning. They will plug themselves into the global information network, draw from it, and contribute to it.
Students will understand that they now have the tools to teach themselves, or to converse with teachers, fellow consumers, and product manufacturers.
Students will appreciate the need for a global perspective (say why it impacts on their lives).
Students will discuss the evolution (history) of the communications and biotechnology revolutions, and they will project possible scenarios. They will know how to track the unfolding of these scenarios; they will know how to monitor developing technologies.
Students will understand the need for flexibility and tolerance in this rapidly changing world.
Students will understand how technology impacts on their navigation
Students will understand how technology impacts on their mobility
Students will understand how technology impacts on vision and low vision
talking landmarks (street signs)
data banks: maps, routes, transportation schedules, layouts, ETA's, etc.
proliferation of highly individual networks
linkages: University programs (ask the professor), regional mobility specialists; E-mail
agent research and data gathering and organizing
self-testing (on screen testing of acuity, contrast sensitivity, etc.)
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