I am working with a new school for the Deaf and Blind and could really use all of your collective expertise. I need suggested resources that work well for either the Deaf or the Blind.
Can anyone suggest resources that you feel will aid the Deaf or the Blind educators who work with children of all ages having similar afflictions?
Thank you in advance for your thoughts and suggested resources.
I realize this article is not specific to those who are deaf and blind, but I thought it had some interesting ideas for people who need assistive technology. I am referencing the this article featured on eClassroom News just to give educators ideas on how technology, specifically the tablet, can be used for instructional purposes. Check out "How Tablets are Changing Assistive Technology."
There are numerous resources for those who are Deaf, Blind or Deaf/Blind. Within your state there should be some type of regional resource center for special education that can help you with professional development or resources. I know in Texas there is an extensive Education Service Center (ESC) network to provide districts with these resources. Check with your state's Department of Education for resources. If Texas... then go to http://www.tea.state.tx.us/index2.aspx?id=2147503292
eSchool News published an article--New assistive technology is changing education for blind students--(July 10, 2013) that describes a new game technology that is designed to detect childhood vision problems.
According to the article, "The game, EyeSpy 20/20, screens visual acuity and depth perception. For vision problems it can catch near and farsightedness, eye misalignment, cataracts, astigmatism and amblyopia (lazy eye)–often undetectable to untrained personnel and can be missed with traditional eye tests, such as the eye chart. According to the creators of EyeSpy20/20, if caught too late, amblyopia can cause a permanent percentage of lost vision in adulthood."
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If you are working with vision impaired students, please share what you think of this new idea.
I have worked with an adult student who was deaf and going blind. I used a closed circuit tv with her to enlarge the pages of the book so she could see and read it and wrote her spelling words on a white board with black dry erase marker. I think she would've also enjoyed the EyeSpy 20/20. It looks very interesting!