Paths to Literacy

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Assistive Technology and Self-Determination

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This series of lessons on Assistive Technology and Self-Determination are part of a larger unit from Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (TSBVI) Outreach on teaching Self-Determination skills to students with visual impairment.  Self-Determination is one of the nine specific areas of the Expanded Core Curriculum (ECC) in which students who are blind or visually impaired should receive specialized instruction.

 

Unit 5:  Assistive Technology - Lesson Plan 1

  • Goal: Student will identify visual tasks required for their classes. 
  • Lesson objective(s): Student will be able to articulate visual tasks they need to complete in their classes and their current methods for access.
  • Read the full Teaching Procedures and Steps. (Scroll down to Unit 5.)
 

Unit 5:  Assistive Technology - Lesson Plan 2

  • Goal:  Student will define low, mid, and high tech tools for classroom task completion.
  • Lesson objective(s): Student will be able to list visual tasks in their classes they need to complete and the possible tools that might help them complete these tasks.
  • Read the full Teaching Procedures and Steps.  (Scroll down to Unit 5.)
 

Unit 5:  Assistive Technology - Lesson Plan 3

  • Goal:  Student will define low, mid, and high tech tools for classroom task completion.
  • Lesson objective(s): Student will explore assistive technology (AT) options and identify AT tools that might help them to be more efficient when completing the stated tasks.
  • Read the full Teaching Procedures and Steps.  (Scroll down to Unit 5.)
 

Unit 5:  Assistive Technology - Lesson Plan 4

  • Goal:  Student will define low, mid, and high tech tools for classroom task completion.
  • Lesson objective(s): Student will explore AT tools to try.
  • Read the full Teaching Procedures and Steps.  (Scroll down to Unit 5.)
 

Unit 5 - Assistive Technology - Supplemental Handouts

Near and Distance Tasks  

On this worksheet, students make a list of the near tasks that they have to do during each period, with a space to indicate the strategy they use for each task. (Scroll down to Unit 5.)

Worksheet #1:  Near and Distance Tasks

 

Observation Checklist Interview

 

Improve My Strategies

 

What I Like and Don't Like

Worksheet #4 AT Tools:  What I Like and Don't Like
 

Sample of AT Tools for Access

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Posted on May 12, 2019
Updated on: May 14, 2019