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Accessible iOS Technology & Apps

iTechnology and apps that have been used successfully with individuals with deafblindness or with visual impairments and additional disabilities

By Linda Mamer

I recently at the Canadian Vision Teachers’ Conference on iPad, iPhone and iPod apps that they use with students who are blind or visually impaired, including those with additional disabilities, deafblindness, or CVI (Cortical Visual Impairment). This is not a research project, but rather a how-to paper, with sample observational sheets, sample observational sheets that have been filled in, and a list of current apps. The iPad is viewed as an observational / assessment tool to gather information, visually / auditorially / tactually, to be able to design individualized communication systems based on the child’s responses.

Included are:

Canadian Vision Teacher's Conference PresentationEarly Learning Apps April 2012

iPad Observation SheetSample iPad Observation Sheet

Editor’s note:  While some of the apps listed may no longer be available, we have decided to keep these documents online, as they are helpful tools for observation and assessment.

iOS Technology collage