Learn how to download books from bookshare and read them in read2go APP. Use audio, braille display or both.
For more lessons on Mac/iTools and braille display, go to: Mac/iTools
AndreasHead wikki has a host of information about the blind tools out there. If you need a manual to read about the tool you are having difficulty with, she most likely has information on it or has links that will lead you to another informational page.
Check out AndreasHead wikki
If you raise the bar of expectation for yourself, your children, your students, you will raise to that expectation.
However, if you expect little, do little, you will have little and reach that low bar of expectation too.
People live down or up to one's expectations. If you are a teacher, and we all are, raise the bar, expect a great deal, teach to that level and you will see people do more than they ever expected.
Apple has recently launched a telephone number for accessibility related questions and technical support. The toll-free number is (877) 204-3930.
Representatives are available to assist with iOS inquiries Monday-Friday 6 am to 11 pm, and Saturday and Sunday 6 am to 10 PM central time. For all other products, specialists are available 8 am to 10 PM central time, 7 days a week. This number can also be used to file accessibility bug reports, according to the representative we spoke with.
This list has been on going for years of all the many resources I constantly use with my students and parents. It is in no particular order yet, as it is constantly growing. If you use a particular site that has helped you greatly and is not on this list, please let me know and I will add it for everyone else also. Download your free copy by clicking on link, add to cart and check out and a digital download will be waiting for you in Your Lessons (a link at that top right hand corner of the site)
Also, if you purchase any product from this site, yourtechvision, you can email: firstname.lastname@example.org (or click on link and go to contact page) and get a free phone time with Dr Denise Robinson to get you going on the lesson you purchased
Read2Go is the most accessible e-book reader app for readers with print disabilities. Directly from within the Read2Go app, Bookshare members can find, download, and read books all on a single Apple device. No need to download books to computers, transfer files, or decompress files! Just download and READ! from the Read2Go website
This ereader is truly one of the easiest readers to use. Once you type in your basic information and picks your configurations, just type in the title you want and it will instantly download from the bookshare site. Go out and find other periodicals and more with this incredibly easy reader. It will bring the world to your finger tips. Anyone with a reading disability will achieve the ability to see and hear a book and what a great way to back that up with a braille display.
Watch video on read2go and zoom effects:
“The Technology is brilliant, but the magic is in the teaching.” Phyllis Brodsky
Just like any other learning medium, before using an iPad with your child or student, you
must first know the child’s vision and hearing, their level of foundational information, what
additional supports are needed. Apps should be chosen based on the desired outcome.
Think about what skills you are trying to teach, think about accessibility – can the child
see it, hear it? What additional learning supports need to be in place to make this understandable.
As with all aspects of teaching a child (either at school or in the home) you
must first ask why. What is the purpose of this activity? Is this to assist in communication, for
helping the child in concept development, to use in social interactions, to increase independence,
or to promote more positive behaviors. There are many apps that can be
used in each of these areas. Let’s separate them out!
• Communication: Answers Yes No, First Then Visual Schedule, Proloquo2go, Tap To Talk
• Check out this video about Victor’s Voice! http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/
• Concept Development: Uzu, Cosmic Top, Pocket Pond, Vocal Zoo, Peekaboo Barn
• Social Interactions: Fruit Ninja, 10 Pin Shuffle, 2 Player Xylophone, 1 on 1 Hockey, Align
• Literacy: Pop Out! The Tale of Peter Rabbit, Bob Books #1, Alphabet World, Letter
Tracer Preschool Letters, Flying Word
• Math: Math Ninja, Math Bingo, Baseball 1 – 6 Facts
• Independence: LookTel Money Reader
• Behavior: That’s How I Feel, iReward,
• Other Uses: Fluidity turns your iPad into a Light box!
A simple but powerful app, That’s How I Feel, uses brightly colored and easy to understand
illustrations to help children express their feelings. The app is easy to use. Designed
with a traffic light in mind, the app uses three primary colors to express different emotions.
The app contains children’s most powerful feelings. Simple voice recordings convey appropriate
intonation for each feeling on That’s How I Feel.
For more on iPads go to:
Taken from the West Virginia SenseAbilities newsletter, Winter 2012, pg. 8
When a child is asked to create a poster board or anything with paper and pencil and cutting out pictures, I direct them toward a PowerPoint presentation.
Blind children can easily create an elaborate or simple PP depending on their skill level. Last week, such an event came up with one of my newer students. Her skills are basic so we kept the PP basic. We went into the Internet and copied all the pictures out that she needed…yes she did this all by herself with just my verbal cues—she learned how to route her JAWS cursor to where it needed to be and use a special right click on a keyboard that brings up all those special options to do what you need to do–on a laptop as the commands are different on a desktop. There are many tricks in getting the perfect picture and she is on her way to learning these skills. When she saved all her pictures, she went back to her PP and inserted them where they needed to be. We did all the placement of the Title and pictures and over the weekend she did all the writing for each slide in the correct text box.
Any graphic information that she is unsure of, the assistant makes a 3-D item so she can feel—happened to be science –wikki sticks,pipe cleaners–and you can burn off different parts of the pipe cleaners to make a multitude of different textures (she created a peptide model), placed with braille labels ( braille label out with just as much blank space so you can bend the whole braille label around the pipe cleaner to stick it, which can be easily read by the blind student).
Lessons to help you teach:
How many of our blind/low vision students are sitting in class now with an iPad, learning the new way of technology, but are not sure now to access what the teacher is demonstrating on her iTool or PC on the screen in the front of the room?
The Air Display APP has changed all that. By downloading Air Display onto your PC or Mac and iTool–which happens to be an iPad the majority of the time in the classroom, whatever the teacher is doing on her computer can be immediately projected on the student's iPad. If the teacher asks the students to demonstrate their skill in the front of the room, the blind student can sit at her desk and input the information right on their iPad and it will project on the teacher's computer and onto the front room screen. Technically, ALL the students can use this technique right from their desks. Our students just happen to be using Zoom effects—they still need to work on the Voice Over with Braille Display…there are still too many hiccups with this use.
If you would like more information on how to accomplish this task, go to avatron.com/apps/air-display and create that extra monitor that can be interactive or just viewed up close and personal.