An Eye Control Teaching Device for Students Without Language Expressive Capacity Eagleeyes with a Special Appendix on Legal Issues by Allan G. Osborne, Jr
|Author: ||DiMattia, Philip A. ,
Francis X. Curran,
and James Gips|
The application of EagleEyes as an eye-control teaching device for children with severe disabilities is based on a new technology that allows a person to control the computer simply by moving his or her eyes of head. This report has a two-fold purpose: to describe the effects of the EagleEyes technology on the development of communication among students with severe disabilities over a four year eight month period; to describe the use of EagleEyes as a teaching strategy with seven students who have no language expressive capacity and little or no voluntary movement below the neck. A major question concerned the degree to which each student could develop eye control skill sufficient to communicate and develop language skills. A second question is the potential for using EagleEyes as a teaching strategy for academic purposes. Finally, EagleEyes is examined to determine any impact on student sense of personal pride as reported by parents and other significant adults working directly with the students.
“The authors have done an excellent job of discussing the important characteristics of the program and provide a review of the literature that demonstrates how children with handicapping conditions can learn if provided the opportunity for support. The trials completed with children are well-documented and appropriate conclusions for the ramifications of this technology are clearly stated. . . . contributes to scholarship and can be a useful research tool in a library.” – Dr. Barry W. Birnbaum
“This book is not a disinterested account of what happens to children when they have access to expression with the outside world for the first time. It is a passionate and moving account that begins and ends with the premise that all children can learn, even those who, at first glance appear not to be able to do so.” – Marilyn Cochrane-Smith