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MedEd Connections Resource Guides: Blind and Visually Impaired

Assistive Technology


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Children who are B/VI use a variety of assistive technology (AT) and devices to complete educational tasks, participate in the general curriculum, and pursue social and leisure activities. AT can be low-tech or high tech, and include tools and adaptations that may lack electronic or mechanical components.

Assistive Technology Assessment

Assistive technology (AT) may increase access to the general curriculum, improve academic performance, and provide a means for job and career access. IEP teams are required to consider AT as a part of a student’s annual IEP meeting. Technology should fit the student instead of fitting the student to the technology. The school team may want to use the following tools for the AT consideration process:

Student Inventory for Technology Support

AT Consideration and Assessment

In addition to the links below, a TVI or O&M specialist can provide awareness of AT options. You might also want to search for useful B/VI apps from the app store through an Apple or android device. Lastly, some technology companies provide a free trial period upon request.

Teaching Students with Vision Impairments

This website lists AT commonly used by the blind and visually impaired. The content is written by a TVI and contains other information related to children who are B/VI.

Ai Squared

This company is well known for Zoom Text, which is a computer program that blows up font and creates color contrast.

Freedom Scientific

This company offers a multitude of AT, including optical character recognition (OCR) technology that can scan and read print documents. They are well known for the JAWS screen reader. They provide online webinars and written instructions explaining how to use their AT products.

Humanware

This company is known for its braille note taker and audio devices. They provide online instruction as to how to use their AT products.

MaxiAids

Not all AT has to be high tech. this company produces a wide diversity of tools and devices for various situations. For example, mobility, medical, household, computers, magnifiers, canes, watches, pens, and more.


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