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Journey Leslie Bailiff Orientation and Mobility Specialist COMS MA Michael London Born with hyperinsulinism means the amount of insulin in your blood is higher After the episode had his ID: 736099 Download Presentation


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The Evolution of Michael’s Assistive Technology Journey

Leslie Bailiff Orientation and Mobility Specialist, C.O.M.S., M.A. Slide2

Michael LondonSlide3

Born with hyperinsulinism

(means the amount of insulin in your blood is higher). After the episode, had his pancreas removed.

He is

Type 1 Diabetic.

Severely visually

impaired and has a speech delay (Stutter)


Michael’s Vision ImpairmentMichael’s visual acuity is 20/1700 measured in both eyes with a reduced contrast sensitivity.

Michelson test and other assessment tools UC Berkeley Special Vision Assessment Clinic yearly testingSlide5

Michael has been receiving O&M since kindergartenMost of his current O&M service is a blend of technology and travel in the community.He is attending a local community college and takes a variety of classes

He is enrolled in the workability programOver the years, he has worked on a variety of O&M skills not related to technology

Michael’s O&M servicesSlide6

A.T. Vision and O&M Goal history

O&M- Goals worked on









with Qwerty keyboard

- Michael will turn on, start up, connect and listen to at least 3 features about his environment using a GPS – (goal focused on the device)


High School: Given direct instruction and the use of a GPS unit, (



with Qwerty keyboard)

Michael will create a POI (point of interest) on the GPS unit

Michael will create and travel a route (on HS campus) using a note taker with GPS device


High School: Given direct instruction and the use of a GPS unit, (IPhone/IPad with Apps )

create a POI (point of interest) on the GPS unit then listen to it

Michael will find and create a route from his home to the closest Bank ATM using GPS technology


Transition Program:

Goals in progress: IPhone with Apps




See, Be My Eyes AI Facial Recognition in a mobility environment Apps Slide7

Michael started out using the Trekker BreezeMichael then moved to the

Voicenote GPS with Qwerty keyboardMichael also used an IPad with gestures, then a keyboard (with Bluetooth

) with Maps/GPS programs

Michael is currently using an IPhone 8 with Bluetooth keyboard (



Apps he is using: Seeing AI, Be My Eyes, Tap Tap

See, Near By Explorer, Google Maps,

Bone conducting headphones

Michael’s O&M TechnologySlide8

Trekker Breeze- (Humanware

)Michael was first introduced to this device (2011)Voicenote




Michael transitioned to the Voicenote with a Qwerty keyboard and receiver in 2011-2014




-folding Keyboard (2014-present)

Michael started learning basic IOS commands on an IPad and then transitioned to his IPhone


GPS Trekker Breeze- Slide9


Mock Keyboard


IPad with keyboard He started learning on a standard computer learning the Qwerty keyboard

IPhone with keyboardMany trials of different keyboard

Modifications to assist him

IPhone with KeyboardSlide11

IA’s support. Curriculum for lessons, charts O&M Specialist made a “mock” keyboard (keys were used from a broken unit)

Special markers (raised glue dots)Teaching tools used that helped to achieve the goalsSlide12

Michael’s journey from middle school through the transition program using technology has been

life changing. Allow


to create your “next step”, if your student masters the step



moves forward. If the student doesn’t, modify/adjust what you are teaching and decide if they are ready for the next step.


 for where your student wants to go, to support them in reaching their goal. While on this journey, things may be created to get them beyond their dreams. (Michael is proof you can get there).


ResourcesEsynic keyboard- Bluetooth Tri-fold wireless Ultra Slim Keyboard - Trekker Breeze and VoiceNote :

Stickers- clear dots for location markers on the keyboard

iPad stand- Older generation of Ipad stand used



AfterShokz- Bone conducting headphones- VoiceNote with GPS and manuals and map upgrades

Keyboards-apple, misc



Shom More....