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Disability elearning - Let the Sports Begin!
Let the Sports Begin!

Long-awaited Olympics have just started and for the coming few days we will be watching the athletes in their best performances and prime conditions. Coming September, Paraolympics is also starting in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. These Games will see two new sports to the Paralympic program; canoeing and the paratriathlon.

A few weeks later at Paraolympics, athletes with disabilities, will be performing miracles. It is interesting to find out how prosthetics (artificial limbs) and medical science is creating engineering master pieces to help them realizing their dreams with their body parts look alike, for example medical devices and artificial limbs. These artificial limbs are so good that one can climb to hills or run for the Paralympics!

Apart from sports and games, there are examples when surgeons and medical sciences have made a man capable of operating artificial arms using brain signals. Signals from his brain help his/her artificial arms to perform a task, because the signals from brain can be immediately picked up and the desired job can be performed.

Companies manufacturing these devices need a strong support by medical and paramedical fraternity. Doctors, physiotherapists, rehabilitation doctors, occupational therapists and nurses need to understand the structure and function of these prosthetic limbs. Therefore, Involvement of appropriate e-learning technology is solicited. Dorado E-learning LLC offers bespoke learning modules which aim to share knowledge because that is the goal for doctors, patients, physiotherapists and nurses. When people with disabilities conquer mountains, win dance shows or play at the Olympic like events, they show their learning capabilities and their healthcare givers training performance.

The training needs for medical community and healthcare professional are growing day by day and that is the prime reason that artificial limbs and medical device manufacturing companies are teaching their people through e-learning courses or online training material about these prosthetics.

It might be interesting to find out that with time the expectations for artificial limbs have changed. Now the focus is to do the job well and have more grips on life and passion than just looking like a real limb. What else is the driving force for growing needs of e-learning training courses for Orthotist and prosthetists?

Prosthetics and orthotics are clinical disciplines that deal with artificial limbs (prostheses) for people with amputations and supportive devices (orthoses) for people with musculoskeletal weakness or neurological disorders. These manmade masterpieces make a patient’s world better, bigger and most importantly accessible. Without these the world of an amputee can shrink and so their dreams. Orthotist and prosthetists assess, prescribe, design, provide therapy and educate the person for usage and care of an appropriate orthosis/prosthesis. Since this group of tertiary healthcare providers treat a wide variety of clients; for example, children born with congenital disease or cerebral palsy to, people who have had lost a limb due to some reasons, or a person survived through paralytic attack,  their training needs are high.

Marketing and sales

The product has to be acknowledged and accepted in the market and simplifying the knowledge and making facts easily understood is the key for surviving the product or device in the memory of healthcare professionals.  The animated videos and e-learning modules from Dorado E-learning can make the sales and marketing teams of prosthetics soaking the information and eventually sharing it at the right place.

Surgeons and caregivers are the ultimate audience for sales and marketing team. Hence the same training module can be utilized saving time, money and efforts to explain the design, utility and benefits of these tiny miracles.

Ultimately when users or patients start adopting themselves to the new support of these prosthetics, they should also be trained for keeping the device and themselves in the right shape.

Technology is having tremendous and transformative impact on healthcare and medical practices throughout the world. We all have either heard or read about recent technological advancements in the healthcare sector including surgeons using robots to perform certain surgical procedures, artificial limbs can be 3D printed, and digestible sensors sitting inside the body providing doctors with vital and real time information about their patients’ well being.

All these technologies need to be paired with one more technology, i.e. elearning. Unless understood well, the information cannot be shared with intended meaning.

The healthcare sector is booming, so the commercial side of it. This demonstrates its increased adoption of the new technology of e-learning. Continual education is important for healthcare professionals and using these technological developments in the form of elearning can help keep medical professionals up to date. A bespoke web based virtual learning environment, for the majority of its teaching and learning seems to be the best class room. All courses from Dorado E-learning LLC are tailor made and adjusted to the various resources, environment and specific situations so that they can be established for different durations and different objectives. Involvement of appropriate or preferred technology is also possible. There are other advantages of e-learning training courses are which are pointed below:

  • Reduced training cost
  • Improved information retention by learners
  • Increased employee productivity

Training will always be important in the healthcare sector, but with ever faster developments in research and technology, the demand for faster learning opportunities has never been greater than today.

The courses from Dorado E-learning, designed especially for various healthcare streams, offer a hassle-free and wholesome learning experience. The best part of these training courses is that they can be replicated for other teams as well. The flow of knowledge can be bundled in small or bigger sizes depending the number of hours the learner can spend. Some of the training topics could be amputation, gait analysis and gait training, stump treatment, socket design, fitting, and Ischial Containmen. The virtual world of human anatomy becomes real with artificial intelligence because we believe that intelligence is intelligence, there is nothing artificial about it.

This time when you will be watching Paraolympian’s in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil chasing their dreams and realizing accomplishments, keep an eye on their tiny toys which are marvels of engineering and think about the chain which has been linked from its inceptions to manufacturing effort of quality, training, sales and healthcare people! Of course their efforts and passion are the most vital element.

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E-Learning Content Accessibility
E-Learning Content Accessibility

Many strides have been made in the last 5 years pertaining to the education of students with disabilities and e-learning content accessibility. For students who need assistance with reading, writing and those with cognitive impairment issues, e learning has been an invaluable aid in and outside the classroom for children with learning challenges.

Even with the much advancement, many of these solutions have been developed for a student who is able to communicate verbally on some level. What about the student who does not communicate through vocalization?

Is there anyway to measure what is gained and whether or not learning comprehension is really taking place? This has been a perplexing issue that has spurned many an educator to write a white paper about.

Strides With Technology And The Non-Verbal Student

Few are the issues in the classroom more demanding than helping the non-verbal child to be able to participate in the learning process and to be able to ensure that learning transfer is taking place. Oftentimes, non-verbal children come with emotional responses to stress, coupled with an inability to verbalize what the stressors are.

Students who are unable to articulate verbally are now able to use certain technology tools to help them communicate and be able to interact in the learning environment. These fascinating developments are a great relief to their educators and are excellent confidence builders for the student.

For these students, the education space needs a redefining of the term, “literacy.” What was the norm before has to change to fit within the framework of the non-verbal. With the onset of technology into the learning experience in these cases, interaction with applications and responses to videos and gaming software are being used to gauge learning transfer and retention.

Non-verbal autistic children are now therapeutically being introduced to typing applications so that in some cases, they are able to convey thoughts and ideas for the first time ever, to the immeasurable delight of their education teams and parents.

More Work To Be Done

While new implementations for education are being introduced for non-verbal students through e-learning content accessibility for them to have a greater chance to learn and thrive in their educational environments, there is still more development to be done.

One of the main things plaguing this demographic and the development of new technology tools is the public education space as a whole struggling with the definition of learning retention in students who do not communicate verbally and what it means to offer a blended learning solution for them.

The idea of blended learning has certainly taken hold for almost two decades in the professional development and secondary education space but still lags behind with public education for students in grades K-12. Lack of funding hinders school systems from being able to purchase and implement these new tools and techniques efficiently.

We have come so far and yet we still have a ways to go in educating those who can implement resources for e-learning content accessibility to educate students with disabilities. We need to celebrate the small wins for today and press on for a better future for them tomorrow.

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E-Learning Content for People with Disabilities: a Standardized Design Approach

There are simple tasks that we perform every day without even thinking about it. Take writing as an example. For most of us, the building blocks to writing started in Pre-School or by a parent handing us a crayon and asking us to trace letters. We learned how to properly hold a writing instrument and we struggled until we could master control over our developing skill.

For those with dysgraphia or dyslexia, keeping up with learning and written expression can be a great challenge. With the study of e-learning content for people with disabilities, technology is being put to use to help children and adults who suffer from these learning disabilities to be able to write and even make learning to write fun for them while they are doing it.

When The Pen Feels Like A Sword

For a person with a learning disability like dysgraphia, or an inability to write coherently, being asked to pick up a pen or pencil and write words on a page can be an anxiety-producing experience. Imagine struggling to make arches and lines in all the right places in your mind while watching it all fall apart into illegible scribbles on a page. For many with this issue, the only recourse for them is to stop writing altogether. Sadly, there are many who are not able to write at all due to some form of dysgraphia.

Thankfully, with such robust integration of technology into our every day lives, apps and software are now available to help those with dysgraphia be able to express themselves creatively with words.

Students who need help building the fine motor skills they need to be able to write proficiently can now use software get their hand muscles ready for pencil-holding.

There are companies, which allows the learner to increase their muscle development through the use of hand exercises developed for use on the iPad or iPod. Students can use the interactive tool to gain the confidence and strength they need for writing.

When Handwriting Isn’t Possible

Sometimes being able to hold a pen is not possible. Where students like this would often withdraw, voice recognition software allows them speak-to-text technology so that their inner thoughts can be conveyed onto a page.

Dragon Dictation a software is the leader in this space and makes the challenge of e-learning content for people with disabilities less of a barrier to learning retention for the student who is unable to write or type. Finally, children and adults who have been unable to write or type their thoughts and answers are able to see their words materialize and be recorded for someone else to read.

These two examples of e-learning contents for people with disabilities prove that more autonomy and freedom for children and adults with learning challenges is possible with technology. Occupational therapists and educational professionals are seeing the immense gains that can be made for the learner who employs the use of technology to help them gain an edge in their learning environment.

 Dorado Learning, LLC a Delaware incorporated eLearning Company based in New Jersey follows a combination of Hardware and software’s to provide eLearning content for people with disabilities, a standardized design approach helps students to grab the learning objectives with ease.

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Disabilities and e-Learning Development in USA : Problems and Solutions

For decades, student with conditions that hindered their education, such as ADD or  those with Spectrum Disorders, suffered through traditional teaching methods only to become withdrawn and embarrassed when it became evident that knowledge transfer was not taking place. Now, Disabilities and e-Learning Development in USA is making it possible for these kinds of students to enjoy learning and feel the satisfaction of gaining new skills.

When Traditional Classrooms Don’t Work

For those with learning disabilities that make it difficult to learn when sights and sounds are constantly distracting the student from what is going on in the learning environment, something as simple as a whisper between two students can derail any efforts to pay attention to what is being demonstrated by the teacher.

Students who face these dilemmas often try to deal with these issues by avoiding questions by the teacher and suffer embarrassment when picked on to give a response and none can be given.

When this kind of scenario goes on too long, the student can act out emotionally or defy efforts to engage them in learning all together. With the assimilation of technology into the lives of Americans on a daily basis, there is way to combine what we know about these disabilities and e-Learning Development in USA to create online tools and virtual classrooms to meet the special needs of these students.

More Than Just A Website

New developments offer more than text on a webpage. What was once a read and answer multiple choice questions format has now been integrated with welcome additions such as, interactive videos and gaming technologies. Children are readily engaged with video games and interactive websites. Introducing them to this kind of technology for learning is having an enormous impact knowledge transfer for school-aged students.

Students with atypical neurological patterns such as Spectrum Disorders, need more in order to hold their attention. More often than not, something other than what is offered in a classroom is required for learning retention. If a student is not able to read a book and answer questions in a traditional sense, then putting it in digital format on a website and asking them to answer questions is not going to work either.

The EdTech space is booming in places like Cambridge, Massachusetts where universities such as MIT are leading the charge in the advancement of disabilities and e-Learning Development in USA. The National Science Foundation is also offering start-up companies in the United States the opportunity to receive funding for the development of technology to aid in the learning environment.

Still, more is needed. There are many learning disabilities and other cognitive development issues that students face in the American educational system that current e-learning technologies fall short in helping with. The advancements to date are exceptional and promising there are still gaps that go unfilled.

With continued study of use and gains in knowledge transfer with e-learning technologies, we have hope that more online and digital learning tools will be made available for the student who has difficulties in the traditional learning environment. If technology is truly the future, then education technology will only be more widely used to help students succeed in the learning environments that are best suited for them.

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