VI ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY
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.
The majority of students who are blind or visually impaired will need some form of assistive technology in order access print on paper as well as electronic forms. This page provides information on the components of the Assistive Technology Assessment.
There is a wide variety of assistive technology specific to persons who are blind or visually impaired. This page provides resource lists of low tech and high tech devices that can be used with persons who are blind or have low vision.
Students will need instruction in the use of, features of and proper care of various types of assistive technology. This page provides information on the instructing students in the use of AT.
There are a number of great apps to use with students. Apps that you will find here are those that I have used myself, have been rated well on applevis.com (a community of persons who are blind or visually impaired that trial and rate apps) or have seen featured in conferences.
The Perkins Braillewriter is a GREAT tool, but as with any device, it can break down and need repair. It can be very difficult to find someone who has experience repairing braillewriters. Perkins has put together some videos that will walk you through the repair process. This page provides links to the various videos.
Any adaptive device or service that increases participation, achievement or independence for a student with a disability may be considered assistive technology (AT). This page a list of AT resources for students who are blind or visually impaired.
The vendors on this page specialize in materials and equipment specifically for people who are blind or visually impaired. Some products are available exclusively by the vendor while other materials are available commercially.
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TVI's Guide to Teaching the ECC: An Activities Based Curriculum for Teaching Students who are Blind or Visually Impaired
Written specifically for fellow itinerant Teachers of Students with Visual Impairments (TVI’s), this book consists of over 400 activities and topic areas of discussion for instructing students in the Expanded Core Curriculum. The activities are age-neutral and multi-sensory and therefore can meet the needs of the broad range of students served on an itinerant caseload serving. The activities can be individualized to the students various learning modalities and scaffold in order to challenge students but ensure success. Select those activities that align with the student’s learning objects based on the student’s unique visual needs and academic and developmental level.
The core activities listed in the Activity section can be adapted to each thematic unit. These include:
In addition to the core activity areas, each of the 32 Thematic Units incorporates additional unique ECC concepts and skills providing you with a years’ worth of activities. These units are cyclical and can be used repeatedly to help students build on prior knowledge and develop a deeper understanding of concepts. Each unit includes suggestions for activity adaptation associated with the unit. These include lists of objects, possible community based experiences, environmental print, poems, children & young reader books, children's songs, pop culture songs, movies, and websites.
Unique Concepts within the Units include:
Although the intended audience of this resource is fellow Teachers of Students with Visual Impairments, special education teachers may find these activities beneficial to the students in their classrooms as the activities are multisensory and include life skills and concepts needed by all students. This resource, however, is not intended to take the place of a Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments (TVI). Readers are advised to consult their own TVI’s regarding instruction in the ECC and the unique visual needs of the student’s served in their programs.
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Digital pdf download: 364 pages (11 pt font)
Publisher: Teaching Students with Visual Impairments
Author: Carmen Willings