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Technology for Visually Impaired Students. Background. Sept 2010 – I suddenly developed Double vision (unfixable by prescription) I learned that the less work my eyes have to do, the less likely I am to get a headache I learned Grade 1 Braille and I’m working on Grade 2. Problem.
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Background • Sept 2010 – I suddenly developed Double vision (unfixable by prescription) • I learned that the less work my eyes have to do, the less likely I am to get a headache • I learned Grade 1 Braille and I’m working on Grade 2
Problem • How can I prepare and teach my classes without getting a headache?
Solution • Learn technologies for the visually impaired! • CCTV • Braille Embosser • Braille Display • Screen reader: JAWS • ABBYY Fine Reader • Audio books
CCTV: Makes images bigger • An enlarger for books, crafts, manicures
Braille Embosser: Prints Braille Tiger Pro Embosser Generator: Can print images for sighted people on same page VRSA Point Duo: Can print double sided pages http://classic.lds.org/braille/0,18908,5388-1,00.html
Braille Display Machine: Read your screen in braille. • This displays what you see on the screen in BRL, line by line. There are 8 cells instead of 6; the bottom two are for navigation. • I toyed with this machine a little; the installation software was missing at the lab • I’m taking lessons in how to use it next week.
JAWS: hear your screen • A program that reads your computer screen to you • Extremely difficult to use without your eyes because it does not read the buttons you hover over; just the menus you click on • Works best when you highlight the text you want read to you; basically you’d need a friend to help you. • I went through the JAWS training http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IK97XMibEws&feature=relatedyoutube.com/watch?v=IK97XMibEws&feature=related
Having Scans Read to You Scan the page to word, using ABBYY Fine Reader 9.0 Highlight the paragraph and have JAWS read it to you This is a page from a book that I scanned. I had JAWS read it to me.
Having Books Read to You • You can go to learnoutloud.com for free audio books
Problems still unsolved • How to watch movies in class without getting a headache? • Field trips: keeping track of my group of students from a distance