Every day children with learning differences and physical disabilities experience additional challenges at school. But unlike decades past, technology can help bridge the gap and allow every child the opportunity to thrive in the classroom. At this year’s Jamf Nation User Conference (JNUC), one Jamf and two Jamf Apple admins from school districts shared how they personally overcome their challenges with dyslexia, blindness and executive function using the accessibility features of Apple technology.
“Dyslexia is a reading disorder and a disorder of written expression, specifically related to someone’s ability to decode using phonics,” Kelly Offerman, business development executive, Jamf, explained, adding that it impacts 10 – 17% of the adult population. Offerman didn’t receive her own diagnosis until the fifth grade. And it wasn’t until about a year ago, she said, that she decided to stop hiding the fact that it was a struggle she faced. She said this change was directly related to her ability to use Apple accessibility features to help overcome her challenges.
Offerman explained that she routinely uses dictation on the Mac as a tool to help her utilize her full vocabulary and maintain her workflow without disruptions. She also uses an iPad Pro and Apple Pencil in meetings to take notes. She said while attempting to type and keep up with the conversation would be a challenge, jotting notes down allows her to be fully present. She then revisits the content at a later date and can even create a 3D image of the conversation in her mind – a common ability of those living with dyslexia. Offerman also uses Siri for quick spelling and Text-to-Speech to ensure her copy, once written, makes sense. Read More
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