ERIC Number: ED083769
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973
Reference Count: N/A
Professional Preparation of Teachers of Reading with the Optacon.
Moore, Mary W.
A guide used by inservice teachers and agency caseworkers in three 2-week summer institutions (1973) for teaching visually handicapped children and adults how to read with the Optacon, a portable optical-to-tactile-converter, is presented. The institutes are said to have been of a two-year special education pilot project to demonstrate usefulness of the Optacon. Institute personnel and participants are listed. The Optacon is described in terms of development through a government/university/industry program, unaided reader use with any type between six and 20 points, and portability (4 pounds). Operation is discussed whereby a reader tracks regular print with a camera and reads on a tactile array which contains vibrating pins. Listed in the course outline for teaching reading with the Optacon are components such as instructional materials, strategies, and psychological factors. Competencies for teaching integration of motor, perceptual, and cognitive skills are specified for teachers and such techniques as remembering a serial sequence of letters to recognize a word are suggested. Appendixes comprise more than half the document and contain the following components: instructions for presenting letters to Optacon readers such as describing lower case "h" with "left ascenter is attached to one hump"; tapes listed by type font and record speed in areas such as word recognition, building, and speed skills; sample training logs including information given by tracking aid used, control settings, camera materials, and comments/difficulties; and lists of books, publishers, training materials, and tests to evaluate student potential for learning to read with the Optacon. (MC)
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Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Richard King Mellon Foundation, Pittsburgh, PA.
Authoring Institution: Pittsburgh Univ., PA. Dept. of Special Education and Rehabilitation.