When 17 year old Sarah graduates from high school in June 2010, she will be well prepared for post secondary studies in her chosen field. Sarah, who has cerebral palsy affecting the right side of her body, has successfully used SET-BC technology for nearly 5 years, learning alternate strategies and software that work well for her.
Sarah received a SET-BC Toshiba laptop and Kurzweil 3000 when she was in grade 8 and spent her first summer independently learning Five Finger Typist, a much under-utilized one handed typing program. She practiced daily, and when school resumed in the fall she had progressed from one handed hunt and peck to one handed touch typing proficiency. She began using Kurzweil 3000 software to scan and produce assignments, not requiring the reading feature that most students depend upon. Ahead of the pack, she will use Kurzweil 3000 to complete her final exams in June.
A year ago Sarah began using, in addition to the regular sized laptop, SET-BC’s newly offered mini-notebook. Not only is it easier to pack around, weighing about 4 pounds less than the regular sized laptop, but its tiny keyboard is ideal for one handed typing. Sarah has also discovered the writing tools in the latest version of Kurzweil 3000; she begins assignments with the brain-storming feature and converts her notes automatically to outline and draft with just a keystroke. “It’s easy and fun, my favourite part of writing,” she says.
Leaving a successful high school career behind her, in the fall Sarah begins a Business Administration degree, majoring in accounting, at the local College of the Rockies. While only Sarah and her family can take credit for her work ethic and independence, technology has provided tools that help make it possible to achieve her goals.