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Factors to consider when purchasing/evaluating technology for use with students who have visual impairments

  1. COST-Fundability (What is your budget?)
  2. Weight/portability
  3. Utility (see WHY below)
  4. Intended use vs. need
  5. Adaptability/flexibility/expandability
  6. Compatibility with other systems
  7. Learnability-Learning curve of device
  8. Supportability-(installation, training, maintenance) (from vendor, customers)
  9. Other devices needed; i.e. cables, adapters, software, etc., etc.
  10. Reliability
  11. Student/School Factors
    1. current placement
    2. computer availability
    3. keyboarding skills
    4. student ability (learning modes-auditory, LP, Braille, etc.)
    5. student needs
    6. motivation
    7. responsibility
    8. future placement
    9. school environment

Finally there are some overriding consideration for the purchase of technology.


  • Is the requested assistive technology based on an appropriate learning media assessment and an assistive technology evaluation? (see VH Technology Evaluation Checklist)
  • What job will the technology perform?
  • Is it at the appropriate age level for the user?
  • Are there specific IEP goals for the use of the technology?
  • Is there something cheaper/less technical that will perform the job?
  • What will be the next placement of the user? and Will the technology be useful there?
  • Who will do the training of the student? Of the teacher?