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Photo collage of TSBVI, happy students on a bus and our all-abilities playground.


Students learned to prepare food, take orders and make deliveries this summer.


TSBVI students singing and playing guitar during the TSBVI School of Rock.


Students learn the importance of knowing braille and reading often.


TSBVI has some of the best teachers in the world! In this photo, a teacher smiles with a students as they practice hand signing.


Students have access to the tools and technology they will need to learn and grow.


Use the following to create IEP objectives for the type of player the student will be using. These are written generically and can be modified to apply to specific devices or applications. For more information about Digital Talking books see Using Digital Talking Books (DTB) with Students.

DTB Basics

The student can:

  • describe Digital Talking Books, and player operation to teachers and peers
  • describe and demonstrate proper care and handling of DTB
  • name resources for obtaining DTB
  • order required DTB for class or leisure reading
  • download and install DTB

Stand Alone Player

Major components:

The student can:

  • insert and eject cd/caddy
  • identify, locate, and describe function and operation of  Basic Function Keys 
    (Play - Stop, Rewind and Fast Forward, Eject, )
  • identify, locate, and describe function and operation of  Control Keys (tone, volume, speed)
  • identify and locate the special function keys such as help (Key Describer [Victor only])
  • identify and connect the power charger
  • identify and perform the charging procedure
  • state name and manufacturer of device
  • find information in the manual
  • get technical support

Navigation Controls:

The student knows the procedures for

  • finding their current location in a book (Where Am I?)
  • selecting a navigation increment element (unit, chapter, sub-chapter, page, etc.)
  • moving forward or backward by element
  • finding a book on the bookshelf 

Advanced commands:

The student knows the procedures for: 

  • jumping to a specified page
  • setting and deleting a bookmark
  • jumping to a bookmark
  • navigating the bookmark list 

Miscellaneous:

The student knows the procedures for: 

  • reinitializing/resetting/warm-booting the device
  • updating firmware

Software Player

Major components:

The student can:

  • install software
  • insert and eject cd
  • name, locate, describe function and operation of the menu command or keyboard shortcut for Basic Functions
    (Play - Stop,  Rewind and Fast Forward,  Eject, )
  • name, locate, describe function and operation of the menu command or keyboard shortcut for  Audio Functions (tone, volume, speed)
  • name, locate, describe function and operation of the menu command or keyboard shortcut for special functions (help)
  • state name and manufacturer of application
  • find information in the manual (electronic, braille, print)
  • get technical support

Navigation Controls:

The student knows the procedures (menu operation or keyboard short cut) for:

  • finding out where they are in a book (Where Am I?)
  • moving forward or backward by element (chapter, sub-chapter, page, etc.)
  • selecting a navigation element
  • finding a book on the bookshelf 

Advanced commands:

The student knows the procedures for: 

  • jumping to a specified page
  • setting and deleting a bookmark
  • jumping to a bookmark
  • navigating the bookmark list
  • searching forward for a specific string of text
  • searching backward for a specific string of text

Other features

The student knows the procedure for:

  • changing font (type, size, and color)
  • changing highlight color
  • create, edit, delete, and find text notes
  • record, delete, and find voice notes
  • import/export bookmarks, notes, etc. 

Miscellaneous:

The student knows the procedures for: 

  • updating software
  • using software player with screen reader.