By: Carmen Willings
Any adaptive device or service that increases participation, achievement or independence for a student with a disability may be considered assistive technology (AT). Assistive technology helps students who are visually impaired (with and without additional disabilities) increase their access to the general curriculum and improve their academic performance. It is important to thoughtfully consider what devices, tools and technologies will be appropriate to meet the student's individual and unique learning needs. AT devices should not give students an unfair advantage, but instead, should provide them with the independence to compete effectively with peers.
A range of assistive technology devices are available for students who are blind or visually impaired. This page provides an overview of AT related to visual impairments.
Consideration of Assistive Technology (AT) is required during the development of every IEP. This is to ensure the student receives a free and appropriate education. If the team determines that the student needs AT, the school district must provide the necessary devices and services.
The majority of students who are blind or visually impaired will need some form of assistive technology in order access print. This page provides information on the components of the Assistive Technology Assessment.
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AbleData is a publicly funded organization through the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research of the U.S. Department of Education. It provides objective information on assistive technology and rehabilitation equipment available from domestic and international sources to consumers, organizations, professionals, and caregivers within the US.
AccessWorld is a branch of the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) that offers comprehensive product evaluations, user-friendly explanations of current technology, practical tips on using technologies, news and reports from the field specific to technology. It also features interviews with industry leaders. All current and past issues and articles can be accessed online or through the AFB Access World app, AFBAW.
The American Foundation for the Bind (AFB) provides a comprehensive product database of assistive technology products used by persons who are blind or visually impaired. Users can browse products by category, manufacturer, or by task. You can also link to product reviews found on AccessWorld.
This page provides a collection of pamphlets, handouts, and forms available for download to support your district's visual impairment program.
Assistive Technology is critical for students who are blind or visually impaired. AT makes information and print accessible to students. This page provides a list of low, mid, and high tech devices that may be used by a student who are blind or visually impaired.
Here you will find thematic units for teaching students who are blind or visually impaired the various areas of the Expanded Core Curriculum. Units include gender neutral activities for students of all ages. Select activities to match goals and objectives for each student's unique needs.