The majority of persons 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. Here is a list of types of Assistive Technology a person with a visual impairment may use.
There are a variety of low and medium technology devices that allow persons who are blind to access and produce braille, complete math activities and activities of daily living tactually. This page details some Low/Medium Tech devices for tactual learners.
Following a low vision evaluation, a person may be prescribed optical devices for near viewing that will allow them to access standard size print. This page provides a list of devices that may be used by a person for near viewing.
Following a low vision evaluation, a person may be prescribed optical devices for distance viewing that will allow them to access information and print at a distance. This page provides a list of devices that may be used by a person for distance viewing.
Video magnifiers (formally called CCTV's) are a non-optical means of accessing print and information at near. Some devices have distance capabilities as well. This page provides information about video magnifiers.
Some persons will be able to access information by simply using the internal magnification built in to the computer. Other persons will require additional amounts of magnification or screen reading software to access information. This page discusses options.
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.
Resources to Support You in Teaching Students who are Blind or Visually Impaired
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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.