Enter the Writing ZoneBy Vessoyan, Kelli; Moosa, Taslim; Closing the Gap, Vol. 23, No. 1, pp. 1, 20-21
Publication Date: June/July 2004
Article discusses the Writing Zone project, which is an initiative developed to provide children with disabilities with an opportunity to explore writing in an exciting and interactive environment. Two young writers, ages ten and eleven participated in the Writing Zone. Both required adapted access for writing, were non-verbal, and used voice output communication aids as a primary source of communication. The participants gathered for six two-hour sessions of two-week periods in the summer. Every day began with an opportunity for each of the participants to use voice output communication aids to greet one another, ask each other questions, and make comments. As a group, examples of the writing task for the day, such as poetry, correspondence, and short stories, were read out loud by the leaders or volunteers to the participants. The group then took turns, working together to create new writing pieces. The participants utilized IntelliTalk II activities and IntelliKeys overlays when composing drafts. The authors conclude that the Writing Zone was a valuable and empowering experience for everyone involved.
Assistive Products Discussed: INTELLIKEYS
Published by: Closing the Gap, Inc. (Website:http://www.closingthegap.com)