“If a child can't learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn.”
-- Ignacio Estrada

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

RJ Cooper


RJ's Story (from website)
During my 3 years of Electrical Engineering (w/digital emphasis) at the University of Utah, I started working with special students at local schools in and around Salt Lake City. I realized that not many R & D people were working with materials for persons with severe disabilities. I began researching, and eventually developing materials that responded to requests of spec. ed. teachers, speech/language pathologists, and professionals that I began networking with around the world. I moved to CA in 1986 and finished my B.A. in Developmental Psychology, while continuing my research, this time at RH Dana Exceptional Needs Facility in Dana Point. At the same time, I began writing my column for the internationally recognized publication, Closing The Gap. I started, and continue, to make materials that are requested by others, many that know more about needs than myself. I research & develop these materials in actual settings, with actual people, for professionals and parents that have shown a belief in my work. Trying to respond to your requests and keeping pace with ever-developing technology have proven to be my greatest challenges.

This company creates "special software and hardware products for persons with special needs" (quote from website). RJ Cooper specializes in creating "custom" adapted equipment. The company offers free CDs with software demos.They offer have simple cause and effect software to adapted game controllers to a large selection of iPad adaptations. If you are new to assistive technology, you may want to check out this site to see what is available. Although I have not purchased from this company, I can say that is detail to what teacher's want/need is what makes RJ Cooper different from other companies out there.


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