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 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.
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The mission of Teaching Students with Visual Impairments is to provide all persons involved in education students who are blind or visually impaired with the necessary resources to help each student become successful members of their communities and to equip those in the visual impairment field with resources to meet the wide range of needs of the students they serve.