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A Publication about Visual Impairments and Deafblindness for Families and Professionals

TX SenseAbilities Spring/Summer 2017

Paths to Technology

(Excerpts from the Paths to Technology website http://www.perkinselearning.org/technology/about)

Paths to Technology is designed to assist educators and families in learning and staying current on ever-changing technology for students with visual impairments and blindness. The goal of this project is to enable students with visual impairments and blindness (VIB) to succeed in paperless mainstream classrooms and post-school opportunities for employment by achieving digital literacy and by staying current with rapidly evolving technology. Created as an interactive site, Paths to Technology will be a resource for defining and disseminating best practices, training, and support for teachers of the visually impaired, braille transcribers, other education professionals, parents and students themselves.

Paths to Technology seeks to:

  • Facilitate a Community of Practice related to technology and digital literacy
  • Create and curate best practices that enable braille transcribers and paraprofessionals to convert mainstream instructional materials to accessible digital materials
  • Provide centralized dissemination of information about new technologies, new software/apps, and best practice teaching techniques for cutting-edge digital materials
  • Provide current information about upgrades and technology updates

The NOAH Schoolkit

(Excerpts from the National Organization for Albinism and Hypopigmentation (NOAH) website www.albinism.org/SchoolKit)

What is the NOAH SchoolKit?

It is a new and comprehensive resource to help parents and teachers support students with albinism.

The SchoolKit provides information and resources to guide parents in supporting general education teachers when a student with albinism will be in their classroom during the upcoming school year. The kit is divided into five sections with instructions and suggestions on how to use the information within it. Sections include informational sheets for teachers, documents to help guide conversations between parents and educators and templates for student involvement in conversations and advocacy.

Who is the SchoolKit intended for?

The kit is intended to be used by students and families when communicating needs to general education teachers. The Teacher of the Visually Impaired (TVI) may or may not be involved in this exchange of information depending on appropriateness and availability.