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Assistive Technology Trainer Guidelines and Procedures

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This online tool from Texas Division for Blind Services (DBS) includes assessment tools, performance objectives and measurements for evaluating students who are blind or visually impaired using a range of assistive technology, such as screen readers, embossers, and notetakers.  Includes suggested teaching sequences.

Table of Contents:

  • Chapter 1: Introduction to Assistive Technology Training
  • Chapter 2: Baseline Assessment
  • Chapter 3: Keyboard Skills Training
  • Chapter 4: Setting Up the Workstation
  • Chapter 5: Operating System Features and Functions
  • Chapter 6: Screen Readers
  • Chapter 7: The Word Processor
  • Chapter 8: Scanning and Embossing
  • Chapter 9: Notetakers
  • Chapter 10: The Internet
  • Chapter 11: Post-Training Assessment
  • Chapter 12: Trainer Dos and Don'ts
  • Chapter 13: Training Expectations
  • Chapter 14: Training Reports




MountBatten Whisperer and Focus 40 Blue Training Guides

Posted by Kathi O'Meara

Dear Texas DBS Staff, 

I am looking to obtain training modules for both the Mountbatten Whisperer (Advanced model with 

Mimic App/iOS compatibility) and the Focus 40 Blue. I have also contacted the California School for the Blind. In the past, I have used their Braille Note and Computers/JAWS guides as ways to systematically familiarize myself with device features, assess student skills, guide instruction and develop appropriate IEP goals.

I am hoping you can put me in contact with a school for the blind or TVI who may have already developed skill development checklists for these devices.

Best regards,

Kathi O'Meara
TVI/O&M Instructor
Carson City School District

AT support

Posted by Cyral Miller

The DBS system is in such flux this month as all the Children's Caseworkers migrated over to the Health and Human Service Commission and the Transition Counselors moved over the the Tx Workforce Commission so you may not be hearing back from them right away. I work at the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, and we do have Assistive Tech staff. I will ask for some answers from them and get back to you. Feel free to contact me if you don't hear from us soon.

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