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Selecting the Right AT for Students who are Blind or Visually Impaired Recorded Presentation
Are you overwhelmed by the process of selecting assistive technology for your students? This presentation will encompass the process and steps of selecting the right assistive technology for students who are blind or visually impaired using the SETT framework. Key points covered in this presentation include identification of the current problem; consideration of current skills; understanding unique visual and learning needs; awareness of AT for VI; AT equipment considerations; the process of building a toolkit; instructional strategies; and next steps.
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By: Carmen Willings
The iPad is a great tool to use with students who are visually impaired and there are more and more apps that are creating more accessibility. The following apps assist with money, object, color and light identification.
Free. The Access Logo Launcher allows the user to scan logos to access talking menus, discounts, coupons, tickets, directions and more.
$9.99 AudioLabels allows people who are visually impaired to recognize objects through audio description associated to barcodes or QR codes.
$0.99 The Barcode Scanner is useful for two major tasks: Price Shopping and
replacing household or business items and/or consumables.
$9.99. The Digit-Eyes app is touted as the best barcode reader ever. Access over 37 million products or make your own QR code labels on the Digit-Eyes website and print them on address labels. The labels may contain tet that VoiceOver reads aloud or they can be used to record audio on your iPhone or iPad.
Free. The Envision ELI is a personal assistant designed specifically for persons who are visually impaired to identify objects. It is NOT a QR code scanner, but uses unique and special QR coded adhesive labels (purchased separately, a pack of 100 labels is $20) that can be rerecorded an unlimited number of times.
$9.99. LookTel Recognizer allows users to identify cans, packages, ID or credit cards, etc. Store images of objects in a database and then point the iPhone's camera at an object and it will recognize and describe the item. It also includes a barcode scanner.
Free. TapTapSee is designed to help persons who are blind or visually impaired identify objects they encounter in their daily lives. Double tap the screen to take a photo of anything, at any angle, and hear the app speak the identification back to you.
Free VizWiz allows you to take a picture of any object and record your question. Then select who you would like to send it to (Web Worker, IQ Engine, email or Twitter).
$0.99 aidColors is an app that allows people who are visually impaired to identify the colors in conjunction with the iPhone camera.
$1.99. The ColorDetect app gives the user the ability to detect colors in real time using augemented reality technology.
Free. The ColoredEye app will identify the colors from your camera in real-time. You can also identify colors within a saved photo. Simply take a picture in good lighting, then pick an object within the photo to have the color identified.
Free Color ID Free is a tool to identify colors. Point the iPhone camera at any item and it will announce the color for you.
$4.99. The ColorVisor app detects colors in the environment by using the camera. The app also supports scanning colors in photos and images.
Free. The Say Color app speaks the name of the nearest color in the center of a camera preview pane using speech synthesis. Can also show and speak the three RGB 255 numbers.
Free. This free version of Seeing Assistant - Home LITE app allows users limited access to color recognition, detection of a light source and electronic loupe.
$3.99. The Seeing Assistant - Home app that allows that allows the user to use color recognition, detection of the light source and electronic loupe. User can scan and generate barcodes and QR codes.
$0.99. The Light Detector app transforms any natural or artificial light source it encounters into sound. Run the application and point the iPhone camera in any direction to hear a higher or lower sound.
$0.99. The Seeing Assistant-Light app allows user to detect the light sources. During operation it generates a characteristic, continuous sound. The tone depends on light intensity.
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