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Overview of technology for students with low vision

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Optical aids and other technologies provide access through magnification or speech output to students with low vision. Environmental factors, such as lighting, contrast, positioning, and clutter should also be considered when creating the optimal learning environment.

The use of technology should always begin with a comprehensive assessment, including a Functional Vision Assessment and a Learning Media Assessment.   An Assistive Technology Assessment Summary may also be helpful at this stage.  A Low Vision Specialist may also do an evaluation to determine whether optical devices may be appropriate.

Once an assessment has been completed, it is important to weigh additional considerations, such as:

  • Where will the technology be used?  Does it need to be portable?  Will the student move from classroom to classroom?
  • How will it be used?
  • What training will the student need in order to use it?

 

Types of Technology for Learners with Low Vision

See also: 

Additional Resources

Paths to Technology
Lots of practical ideas and resources for students with low vision using assistive technology

Low Vision
This section of the Tech Vision site has extensive information on a wide range of topics related to the use of technology for people with low vision.  Some of the resources are available for free and others for purchase.

TSBVI Outreach
A series of videos gives a brief overview and quick tips on various tools, including Zoom, Chrome, iOS displays, Chromebook, Mac, and Safari.
 
Overview of Assistive Technology for Families with a Visually Impaired Child
Family Connect
 
Overview of Low Vision Devices
Vision Aware
Includes information on both optical and non-optical devices, as well as electronic magnifiers and magnifying systems.
 
A Resource Guide to Assistive Technology for Students with Visual Impairments
by Lisa R. Tebo
This 19-page resource guide is designed to provide an introduction to the types of assistive technology that may benefit students with visual impairments. 
 
Technology Resources for People with Vision Loss
American Foundation for the Blind (AFB)
This section of the AFB website offers a range of information on the use of technology, including tips for using a computer, entertainment, social media, and more.

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