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10 Apps for Learners Who Struggle with Reading and/or Writing

10 free and low-cost apps that may be especially helpful for individuals who find reading and/or writing challenging. Some offer text-to-speech and others are appropriate for users with low vision.
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Accessible Technology Options for the Blind and Visually Impaired Reader

Demonstration of a variety of assistive technology devices that provide the capability of accessing books via speech, large print, or braille.
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Julia demonstrates her use of assistive technology

This 6th grade girl who is blind demonstrates some of her favorite assistive technology tools.
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5 Ways to Get a Free iPad for Your Special Needs Child!

Funding ideas for getting a free iPad (and other assistive technology) for your child with special needs
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MacForTheBlind is a site specifically for blind or visually impaired, who use Macintosh computers or iOS devices, such as iPad, iPhone, iPod
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ViA - By Braille Institute

ViA is an app to help users who are blind or visually impaired to locate apps in iTunes App Store that are designed for blind or visually impaired
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Pictello App for Creating Talking Photo Albums

Create talking photo albums and talking books on iOS devices with the Pictello app
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Accessibility: A Guide for Educators

Learn how accessibility features in Microsoft products can be used in the classroom.
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Perkins Smart Brailler

Find out how the Smart Brailler can help to promote braille literacy with auditory feedback and lessons

Accessible iOS Technology & Apps

iTechnology and apps that have been used successfully with individuals with deafblindness or with visual impairments and additional disabilities
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Download 161 Free Assistive Technology Applications

Online directory where persons with disabilities can download free Windows software to make their PC more accessible.
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iPad Resources from two TVIs

Marsha Bork and Faye Gonzalez share information about the accessibility features of the iPad and iPhone for people who are blind or visually impaired
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Accessibility Features for the iPad for Users Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired

Overview of accessibility features on Apple iPad for users who are blind or visually impaired includes information on VoiceOver and Zoom
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Kelso Presentation on Assistive Technology

This video lecture provides an overview of some tools and devices used by students who are blind or visually impaired to assist their daily activities
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20 Great Android Apps for Kids with CVI or Low Vision

20 Great Android Apps for Kids with CVI or Low Vision
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Technology Objectives from Anne Arundel County Vision Program IEP Bank

IEP goals include use of computer keyboards, using screen magnification & screen reading software, using accessibility options, notetaking devices
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Low Vision Technology Assessment

This checklist of technology skills is a helpful tool to identify where a student with low vision is performing in the use of assistive technology devices.
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Assistive Technology Assessment Summary

This Assistive Technology Assessment Summary can be used as a follow-up to a Learning Media Assessment (LMA) to help to determine what type of assistive technology would be most beneficial.
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Inexpensive Assistive Technology for Struggling Readers

This article examines a variety of free and inexpensive programs that can be used to address the learning needs of students with reading deficits.
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Technology Supports for Struggling Readers

35-page training module that addresses five research-based components of effective reading programs: phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, fluency, comp