"A unique computer and [learners] are proud that we have something special in our class. A unique way to show stories and have the different voices reading what you have written, a sense of pride." (instructor)
"I was one of the first users of SARAW here, I advocated for the literacy program" (learner)
"I like to listen to SARAW, I like the voice" (learner)
"Sure am learning
"Today I learned how to spell more words and try to guess them, its joyful to be on it, I never used a computer that speaks" (learner)
SARAW is a talking computer software program that helps adults with disabilities to build their reading, writing, spelling, and phonetic literacy skills.
SARAW is a computer program, developed in the early 1990s by the Neil Squire Society in partnership with Capilano College in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. It was developed for people with physical disabilities, who are non-verbal, to learn basic reading and writing skills. However, people with intellectual as well as physical disabilities have used SARAW to help them strengthen their literacy skills. This learner-paced talking computer program has writing, reading and vocabulary building components for adults with literacy levels between grade 2 and 7, and has built-in features to accommodate assistive technology devices. SARAW has a balanced approach including whole language and phonics in the computer.
See appendix C: Computer Menu