This includes both facilitating access to the location, and making the activity itself possible. The former might include seeking an alternative route, or providing some assistance for a wheelchair user to cross rough terrain, perhaps even by using slings. However, a balance has to be struck here, in remembering that the wheelchair user is a person, and not a package to be delivered at any cost! The latter includes, for example, providing a helper to take notes whilst the student makes observations, or to take samples or measurements, under the student's direction. Some note-taking aids might be useful for some students, including the use of a tape recorder. For students with multiple impairments voice transcription software with direct input into a word processor, such as IBM's ViaVoice, has been found useful by some people. For example, Gerald Gold, a quadriplegic anthropologist, reports using IBM ViaVoice and Dragon NaturallySpeaking software (Gold, 2001).
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