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COLUMBIA – The possibilities are endless for South Carolina students who are blind or visually impaired at the first-ever Technology Olympics, which was held on December 2 at the South Carolina State Museum! Sponsored by the University of South Carolina Upstate Braille Grant and the SC School for the Deaf and the Blind (SCSDB), students grades K-12 were eligible to participate in a series of high-tech adventures free of charge.

Activities using assistive technology  included students taking tests and using adaptive devices, such as electronic note-takers, monoculars, CCTV(s), digital talking book players and talking GPS systems to complete various tasks. Students were awarded prizes and ribbons for their participation.

“Assistive technology is essential for independence for students who are blind or visually impaired,” said Clay Jeffcoat, SCSDB access technology coordinator. “This event will raise students’ motivation level to use their assistive technology and provide opportunities to make new friends, improve self-esteem and further their level of independence.”

For more information, contact Carolyn Culbertson at the University of South Carolina Upstate School of Education at (864) 503-5573 or via e-mail at cculbertson@uscupstate.edu. Inquiries may also be directed to Tina Herzberg at the University of South Carolina Upstate at (864) 503-5572 or via e-mail at therzberg@uscupstate.edu. For more information on South Carolina Braille, please visit http://braillesc.org.

SCSDB provides statewide leadership in education and accessibility for individuals who are deaf, blind or sensory multidisabled, their families and the professionals who serve them through: K-12 educational programs on the main campus in Spartanburg, including the Schools for the Deaf, Blind and Multihandicapped; specialized vision and hearing services in local school districts statewide; early intervention programs for infants and toddlers; family and program assistance for students with deaf-blindness; braille and large print services; free assistive phone and alerting devices; sign language interpreting services; summer camps for children who are deaf or blind; and family and professional conferences.

SCSDB is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, the Conference of Educational Administrators of Schools and Programs for the Deaf and the SC Department of Education. The SC Department of Education named SCSDB a Red Carpet School for its outstanding customer service and a Palmetto Gold School for academic accomplishments. For more information please visit SCSDB at www.scsdb.org or by calling toll-free at 1-888-447-2732.

 

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