One Happy Mother (BAT Keyboard Testimonial)

Dear Vice-President of Infogrip Aaron Gaston:

I am writing this letter to let you known about our experiences with the Infogrip BAT. My daughter, Cristin, suffered from a stroke after each of the polio vaccines were administered back in 1980. Consequently, she developed right hemi-paresis. When it came time for her to use a computer, we looked all over for a single-handed keyboard. One of Cristin's therapists suggested we try the BAT by Infogrip. So we purchased our first one in about 1992. I sincerely believe it was the best decision I’ve ever made. During that period if time, Cristin had an IEP in place, so the school district had to work out something with installing the BAT. Back then, since the BAT wasn't plug-and-play, it was more difficult to install it on every computer Cristin used at school. But, I had it written in her IEP, so the district had to find a way. Fortunately, her high school ear-marked one computer for her exclusive use.  So she passed her keyboarding and computer skills classes. She was also allowed to return to the computer lab to work on any of her English Literature, journalism, and yearbook class assignments whenever she needed to do so. The plan worked, and she became proficient on the BAT. During the next 10 years, we purchased 3 more BATs. That way we had two at home, (one for the PC and one for the Mac) and other one when she wore her first one out. She has been using them ever since. Meanwhile, the other students in her classrooms were fascinated by her BAT, and she actually gained a great deal of popularity and notoriety through her BAT skills!

Cristin enrolled at San Marcos State University upon the completion of her AA at Palomar Community College. After her first semester, she was told she needed to take a computer class, and she couldn't continue at San Marcos until she passed the test. When she brought her BAT to the college for the professor to set up, he couldn't be bothered with trying to figure out how to install it on his computer network. I wrote a letter to the University, but got nowhere with them, since Cristin didn't have an IEP now. Eventually, Cristin grew disenchanted with the hassle and the poor treatment she received at San Marcos State.  She dropped out in about 2003. She has been employed as preschool teaching assistant since that time.

Last June, I retired after 40 years as a primary school teacher with Poway Unified. With more time on my hands, I finally was able to convince Cristin to finish her degree at National University, with a promise to help her with her typing issues.  Fortunately, I had received an email from Infogrip extolling the virtues of the new Plug and Play BAT. I thought that it would be just what Cristin needed to be successful at National. She has almost completed her third class now, and has straight A's on all of her assignments. And I haven’t had to type any of them! I thank God for that BAT every single day! Her college work load is tremendous. On average, she has had to write 25 typed pages each week since September. She wouldn't have made it without her BAT. Cristin is absolutely thrilled with it and so am I.

A few weeks ago, when I asked what she wanted for Christmas, she said another BAT. Actually, she'd like one for working on at the preschool, one for her home, and also one for my home, (she types a lot over at my house since her roommates bother her when she is working on her papers).  I usually spend about a hundred dollars on her at Christmas time, so I thought it would be a great idea to buy one more. We realize that they’re so portable that she really doesn't need one at each place, but she likes to stop by my house after school. She often forgets to bring her BAT with her. So she has to travel 30 miles round trip to retrieve it. Hence, she wants at least one more BAT.

Cristin is 31 now, and she should finish her degree by Jan 2011. She had already put her sights on a master’s degree in Speech Therapy. I really have Infogrip and the BAT to thank for her renewed positive attitude, and the confidence she has gained in her skills. Thank you so much for everything, you’ve certainly made a believer out of me.

Kind regards,

Jeanie Coppotelli (one happy mother)

One thought on “One Happy Mother (BAT Keyboard Testimonial)”

  • Dear Ms. Coppotelli,

    I Googled "Infogrip" this morning to find your letter to Aaron. I founded Infrogrip, Inc. in 1986 and managed the development of the BAT chord keyboard for five years. I was convinced that the BAT would be valuable in a variety of applications. In 1992 I founded Talking Signs, Inc. and have spent all my energies on that technology, but often think back to the exciting days of the birth of the BAT.

    Your letter was a gift to me. Thank your expressing so eloquently the affect that the BAT has had on your daughter's life. It means a great deal to me.

    I am grateful that Liza and Aaron have built such a valuable company out of the early Infogrip, Inc. They have not only maintained the availability of the BAT, they have become the source of human-computer devices addressing all sorts of disabilities.

    Best wishes to you and Cristin.


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