Assistive Technology Resources

Assistive technology (AT) includes devices and software used by those with impairments of one type or another. This section lists sources for assistive technology as well as agencies that help set the standards for evaluation of AT, agencies that are helping to bring AT to a wider audience, and information about AT in general. User information and discussion groups may also be found here.

Enabling Devices is dedicated to developing affordable learning and assistive devices to help people of all ages with disabling conditions. This section of their website features toys suitable for children with visual impairments.

You will find these Braille Embosser Product Manuals very useful for troubleshooting set-up and use of 15 Enabling Technology products

Source: Enabling Technology

Keep the environment in mind when providing assistive technology for student use.  TSBVI provides a simple question-checklist for ensuring that all conditions enhance the student's ability to learn.

Source: Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (TSBVI)

Kara Furlong's multi-media article discusses a new pen computer that may help students with a visual impairment study science and math. She also reports on a grant to address "learning among blind college students in the STEM content areas – science, technology, engineering and math."

Source: Vanderbilt University

Short videos that give brief overviews about assistive technology in FSDB classrooms, showing how and why the devices support learning. Includes the Braille Notetaker, interactive whiteboards, and Mountbatten braille writer.

The mission of Flying Blind is to empower persons who are vision impaired with the necessary Adaptive Technology Solutions to make them independent and efficient in unlimited capacities.

This entire newsletter issue is devoted to development of literacy skills for students who are deafblind; including extensive information on assistive technology and on the role of speech language pathologists in facilitating literacy development. Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Source: Colorado Services for Children who are Deafblind

MacArthur Fellow Alex Truesdell tells about how adaptive devices can change lives.

Source: PBS News Hour

This “better living blog” has tips, techniques, tutorials, in-depth articles, and resources for and by blind or visually impaired people.

Source: American Printing House for the Blind (APH)

e-Learning through webinars, downloadable documentation, and online training on JAWS screen reading software, MAGic screen magnification software, PAC Mate Omni accessible Pocket PC, and more.

Source: Freedom Scientific

Audio and print articles on IEPs, Education Law, Self-Advocacy, and NFB Activity in this area.

Source: National Federation of the Blind, 2013

This thorough list of resources from TSBVI includes general training information, specific device information, and programming accessibility.

Source: Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (TSBVI)

Dr. Fredric K. Schroeder advocates early and consistent cane use by very young children who are blind in this Braille Monitor article.

Source: National Federation of the Blind

A partnership of libraries and research institutions dedicated to the digital preservation of the cultural record. Public domain materials are freely accessible to all, using the home page's catalog-stye or full-text search. A User's Guide to HathiTrust is here (requires Adobe Acrobat Reader).

Descriptions of non-optical devices, such as flexible-arm task lamps, full spectrum light bulbs, closed circuit televisions (CCTVs), and much more.

Source: VisionAware

Understanding the degree of functional vision is important in planning the educational program for students with deafblindness (requires Adobe Acrobat Reader).

Source: Missouri Deafblind Technical Assistance Project

TSBVI Outreach VI Consultant Scott Baltisberger demonstrates how to make a cardboard calendar box.

Part 1

Part 2

Source: Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (TSBVI)

Free video tutorials, webinars, and other online support are available for a range of products, including the BrailleNote, Deaf-Blind Communicator, and Victor Readers. See a full demonstration of HIMS devices for consumers who are deafblind in this recorded webinar.

The iCanConnect program distributes communication equipment to qualifying people who are deafblind. This page has a good introduction to the various forms of assistive technology.

Source: The National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program