VI Assistive Technology
By Carmen Willings
Updated: April 12, 2020
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.
VI Assistive Technology
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. Within this section you can learn more about:
Apps for Individuals with Visual Impairments or Blindness
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.
Assistive Technology Instruction
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. Within this section you can learn more about:
iOS devices such as iPhones and iPads can be excellent tools to providing access to individuals who are blind or visually impaired and can also be wonderful tools for instruction. This section provides information on built in features that make the iOS device a perfect tool for many individuals with visual impairments. Within this section you can learn more about:
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. Assistive technology (AT) also provides a means for producing written information. Each students unique visual and learning needs must be considered when selecting the appropriate technology.. This page provides information on the components of the Assistive Technology Assessment.
This page contains information on Assistive Technology Programs and Organizations that provide assistive technology support and resources to people who are visually impaired and those who work in the field of visual impairments.
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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