Negligence of Disabilities in the Classroom

The title may be rough, but there is a truth behind it. We have been looking into so many great ways of displaying information to the public through advanced technology. Relaying information back to society can easily be done now through Time Mapper, Photoscan, Google Glass, and many other pieces of technology. However, this is through a general society, and I believe, along with others, that digital humanities does not accommodate for people with certain restrictions, whether it be a learning disability or a restriction on a basic sense such as sight or hearing. The problem with digital humanities presently is that our society’s technology used for this embraces the idea of universal design, meaning we need to build around the largest possible audience. I think we are far enough into research that our society can dig deeper into options for members of society with disabilities. The one piece of technology that I have found to be the most useful in personalizing individual accommodations is Google Glass.

A factor behind the classroom is making conclusions to decide whether or not a person has a learning disability. Through Google Glass, behavioral specialists can record observations of children in the classroom setting. With this, they can go back and review the videos to determine if the body language, retention of information, and other factors are afflicted, leading to the diagnosis of a learning disability. This documentation can be observed and shared with other behavioral specialists or in a psychology classroom to know how to diagnose children.

A main factor in Google Glass that assists in personalization is the Augmented Reality Feedback System. Not only can students, with this feature, understand that they are not listening or falling behind a subject, but their teacher can also collect the feedback. With this information, the teachers can decide whether or not a change in the classroom should be done to bring out more of the student’s strengths and not the weaknesses.

Lastly, Google Glass has revolutionized how people with physical disabilities live their life. This technology has been identified as a powerful device that has assisted people who are deaf, blind, and even those who have cerebral palsy. With some modifications in the voice recognition system with along with adding on captioning to the screen, Google Glass can be extremely useful to the deaf. The captioning feature can be the main factor that helps capture the human experience. The ability for Google Glass to tell its users about its surroundings are helpful to the blind. In one case, an individual living with quadriplegia, or paralysis of the torso and limbs caused by an illness or injury, had Google Glass change her life. The hands on activities allowed her to live her life and go to law school. She can interact with others by sending pictures, messages, videos, and by assisting others by freely looking up information.

My point in stating all of this is for a few reasons. First, as somebody who wants to become a teacher in the future, I think it’s crucial to digitally analyze the human experience around children with learning disabilities. Observations can be made from archives made from this research to find the best ways in which teachers can teach their students who have learning disabilities. I also have been failing to see specific equipment that specifically records the human experience in the scenario of disabilities, whether it be a learning disability or a physical one.


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