ANN KATHLEEN PARSONS



173 Edgewood Avenue
Rochester, NY 14618-4037
VOICE: (585) 244-0477


INTERNET: akp@portaltutoring.info
HOMEPAGE: http://www.portaltutoring.info



OBJECTIVE

To train students to use computers with adaptive technology, adaptive equipment, Braille and academics, both face to face and online.





EDUCATION


February, 2004 to October, 2005

Access Technology Institute, Training The Trainer, a course in teaching teachers how to teach blind and visually handicapped individuals computers with adaptive technology.

January, 1984 to December, 1984

SUNY Geneseo: 30 hours Post graduate work, Teaching Blind and Visually Impaired

July, 1977 to May, 1978

St. Bonaventure University: M.S. Guidance And Personnel

September, 1971 to June, 1975

Elmira College: B.A., English Education




LICENSES





COMPUTER AND INTERNET EXPERIENCE


1994 to 1997

Had an account with Rochester Institute of Technology The RIT account was acquired in relation to my work as the volunteer assistant to the Chair of EASI Equal Access to Software and Information, an international organization sponsored by The American Association for Higher Education. Monitored several discussion lists on the Internet, and culled information of interest to be used by EASI's chairman, Dr. Norman Coombs. When Dr. Coombs retired in May of 1997, the account was lost.

1988 to present

Possess a personal computer, IBM compatible. I use it for word processing, telecommunications and data base. This computer is adapted for my use with speech synthesis.

Software Skills

Since I have had this computer, I have become familiar with the following operating systems and software:

MS-DOS Operating System

Windows 95/98/XP/7 Operating System

Linux Operating System



Am in contact with a wide range of people who both use and manufacture adaptive equipment. I am constantly increasing my knowledge of this subject through these contacts and through hours of personal use and experimentation.



TEACHING EXPERIENCE

October, 2006, January 2006 and January 2005

Conducted workshops in learning to use computers specially adapted for the blind in Bangalore, Chennai and Cochin, Sounth India under the auspices of Ann Foundation Ann Foundation

To see an account of my experiences and their results, access the link below. My Indian experiences

December 2004 to present

Have started my own small home business, Portal Tutoring. Portal Tutoring I am its sole proprietor and its sole tutor.

August, 2002 to present

Private Vendor for The New York State Commission for the Blind and Visually Handicapped. Tutor students in Windows with adaptive technology, Braille and academics.

1994 to present

Tutor blind adults for the GED, and other pre- college and high school competency tests. All of these students passed the tests for which they were studying.

1978 to present

Tutor one to five private students, high school and community college per year, ranging in age from twelve on so that they write more effectively and gain a better understanding of English Grammar and World History. Students prove their competency by performing well when tested and by writing better papers.





ADMINISTRATIVE EXPERIENCE


Business Owner

I own my own business, Portal Tutoring. Portal Tutoring Web Site Duties include:

List Owner

Am currently the owner of several Internet discussion lists:

Duties include, adding subscribers, deleting subscribers, handling error messages, monitoring list traffic, acting as a mediator at times in the discussion and more.

Archgardener/Wizard on GrassRoots MOO

Was the head administrator on a TBVR, (Text Based Virtual Reality site, MOO for short) which is under the auspices of the Enabling Support Foundation, from January 1996 to June 2006. Duties include: monitoring operation of the MOO, supervising cultivators/helpers, making new personae, helping personae to build and to interact with others on the MOO, offering guided tours, promoting GrassRoots to the Internet Community, and more.

1998 to present

Vice-President, Human Services ESF, duties include working on accessibility issues for this organization; helping with education projects including classes on the MOO and designing text for web pages

1976 to 1977

Created my own program; COSM, Coordination Of Special Materials. Supervised ten to fifteen volunteers who produced materials in alternative formats for the Print Handicapped. Acted as liaison between agencies and individuals needing adapted materials and their providers. Arranged for the dissemination of this information and helped to avoid duplicating services to Print Handicapped individuals.



WRITING/COMMUNICATION SKILLS


April 29, 2000

Have written two text books, one on writing and one on computer basics. Not published, but used in my tutoring of students.

Have written several small pamphlets to be used in teaching students about computers. as well as creating several audio classes and tutorials used for the same purpose.

Have conducted some audio presentations on various computer related subjects for Accessible World Foundation Accessible World

Have conducted an online Book discussion group since 2008.

Was the keynote speaker at the ACE conference held online in Australia, October, 2000.

October, 2000

Was a presenter at the IAESL Conference held in Dublin Ireland for European teachers of English as a second language. the topic was the use of Text Based Virtual Reality as a means to improve language acquisition. This presentation was given on-line.

November 1994

Published a book review in "Information Technology and Disabilities", EASI's quarterly on-line journal.

October 1994

Contributed parts of an article in the Seattle Times 2020 World, a series of articles published by that newspaper concerning projected life styles and changes in the year 2020.

Summer 1994

Published article in an English newsletter on persons with disabilities.

Life-Long continuing activity

Speak to groups of students and adults on subjects ranging from disability awareness to grammar and the history of language.



COMMITTEES AND ORGANIZATIONS

References may be furnished upon request.


Ann K. Parsons