Assistive Technology Instruction
Find resources and strategies for instructing students in assistive technology that is unique to individuals who are blind or visually impaired.
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It is said that technology can level the playing field, so to speak, for persons with visual impairments and can be a great equalizer. Students who are blind or have low vision need to acquire a range of technology skills that will give them options for gathering and conveying information. Instruction in the use and maintenance of Assistive Technology is needed in the curriculum for students with visual impairments. Assistive Technology enables students who are blind and visually impaired to access and store information from libraries around the world and the Internet. In addition, students with visual impairments can use assistive technology for note taking, studying for tests, research and a variety of other academic uses.
The iPad can be a wonderful instructional tool for Teachers of Students with Visual Impairments to use in conjunction with other, more traditional, instructional strategies. TVI’s can use iPads as instructional tools with students on their caseload in a variety of ways. This page outlines some ways you may incorporate an iPad into instruction.
This page provides suggestions and strategies for making the iOS device accessible using built-in features for accessibility including basic multitasking gestures; voice-over; zoom; braille display for iOS and braille commands; invert colors; speak selection; assistive touch; font adjustments; and dictation.
Students will need instruction in the use of, features of and proper care of the video magnifier. This page provides information on the instructing students in the use of video magnifiers.
High tech braille devices are available for students who are blind or visually impaired to access and produce braille. This page discusses the different types of high tech braille equipment.
The use of auditory books can be a wonderful and invaluable tool for students who are blind or visually impaired. This page provides suggestions and strategies for accessing audiobooks including apps to access audiobooks.
Learning to use the keyboard commands can, however, help students become more efficient and independent on the computer. With these shortcuts, you can navigate the desktop and start menu without a mouse.
This page contains a list of Window's built-in shortcut keys. These shortcuts are for computers with a Win Logo Key on the keyboard can provide a reference when instructing a student.
Tactile keyboarding instruction is a foundation of technology instruction. This page provides strategies and suggestions for teaching students tactile keyboarding skills.
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ECC Complete Set Bonus Pages
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The TVI's Guide to Teaching the ECC Complete Set includes the following:
The LOTTO Cards Grab and Go Supplement includes 37 theme related unit cards along with activity suggestions that support activities within the TVI's Guide to Teaching the ECC.
On My Way File Folder Cards
Print and use these cards to represent locations the student may visit that are related to the current thematic unit. Use these with the On My Way File Folder Game outlined in the TVI's Guide to Teaching the ECC p. 27.
NEW! Access to TVI's Guide Bonus Membership Pages
Bonus pages include tutorials, printables, interactive sensory story downloads, and interactive choice making, matching and visual discrimination computer games (PowerPoint based interactive games), and job task activities.
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