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  • Technology and the Special Needs Learner
    Technology for the Blind Student
  • What Is Assistive Technology
    Tools that impaired individuals can use in order to increase or maintain functionality
    Tools can include
    physical equipment
    computer software
    electronic devices and more
  • Why implement in the classroom
    Helps students to be unhindered by their disability
    Lets students focus on their education
  • Types of Technology Available
    Talking calculators
    Speech-recognition software
    Screen reading software
    Reading machines
    Large-print books
    Tactile items
  • Talking Calculators
    Big buttons
    Eliminates the need to squint
    Ideal for people who are blind or have low vision
    A built-in speech synthesizer that reads aloud each number, symbol, or operation key a user presses
    Vocalizes the answer to the problem
    Students can use to perform mathematical calculations on math assignments
  • Talking Calculators
  • Speech Recognition Software
    Speech recognition programs change what is spoken into an electronic document
    Can use these types of software programs to access and produce documents
    Can be used with a microphone into which the student speaks
    Teachers can use these to record items for students
  • Screen Reading Programs
    Screen-reading programs produce audio versions of electronic text
    Eg. JAWS for Windows
    Electronic books, papers, etc can be translated to speech so the student can hear audio
  • Reading Machines
    Printed text is scanned and assimilated by the software, then converted to audio.
    Audio then played back for the student to hear
  • Large Print Books
    Since some students can have low vision, this means that they can see, just not very well
    Books with large print will allow students to see the words easily
  • Magnifiers
    Magnifiers are used to read normal text
    These come a variety of sizes
    Full page
    Hand held
    Card /wallet size
  • Tactile Items
    Geometry Tactile Graphics Kit
    Math Drill Cards in Braille and Large Type
    Tactile and Visual Globes
  • Geometry Tactile Graphics Kit
    A set of thermoformed raised-line drawings depicting concepts, figures, and relationships which are covered in nearly all geometry textbooks
  • Math Drill Cards in Braille & Large Type
    The Math Drill Cards set is a handy math skill reinforcing tool presented in braille and large type
  • The Globe: Tactile and Visual (Geography)
    Standard 12-inch globe covered with a tactile clear plastic overlay
    Raised latitude and longitude lines
    Dashed line for the International Date Line
    Continent outlines
    Higher and lower elevations
  • Further Reading