Equipment and Technology
Equipment and Technology used by students with visual impairments:
 Video magnifiers (sometimes called CCTV) - Contain a camera and a monitor. They can be used to give a student with low vision access to books, pictures, and worksheets. Some students use them for writing tasks. Some models can also be used at a distance to give access to white boards, posters and information projected onto a screen. 
 BrailleNote - Basically a computer with a braille keyboard and refreshable braille display (sort of like a tactile screen). Students can read, write, and edit on a BrailleNote. They can be plugged into a regular printer and responses can be printed in print. Files can also be saved to flash drives and given to a teacher that way. Students can also access a dictionary and calculator on their BrailleNote.  Image result for braillenote
 iPad  - Can be used in a variety of ways. Zoom and VoiceOver features make access easy. Read To Go app has many books available for download. Other apps make it possible to access worksheets and PDF files.  Photo of an iPad running Voice Dream.
 Brailler - Looks and sounds kind of like a typewriter. Students can use it to record answers to worksheets including math, write essays, make simple graphs and more. See braille page for more information.  Photo of a Perkins Brailler with a piece of paper in it.
 Long cane - Most important tool for safe independent travel. A long cane is used to detect obstacles and drop offs. The use of a long cane is especially important when students are traveling in unfamiliar areas. Some students also use their canes while traveling throughout the school. When a student is familiar with a classroom they may be able to leave the cane by the door and use other techniques in the classroom.  Photo of someone's feet and hand as they hold a long cane with a blue tip.
 Computer software - Special software can allow either magnified or voice access to computers. This allows students to use the internet, word process, manage files, and access documents.   Photo of a large screen computer using ZoomText to display text.
 Enlarged Print - Can be a practical solution for some tasks, especially when use of technology is more challenging (field trips or group work away from desk.) Check students IEP for suggested size.  Photo of a printed poem with large print.
 Audio Books - Available from a variety of sources, audio books can be faster and helpful for longer stretches of reading.  
 Tactile Graphics - Can give students additional information. It is important to note that reading tactile graphics is a learned skill and additional explanation and time will likely be needed for students to utilize them.   Photo of a page from a print text book containg a tactile graphic of several geometric shapes.