Students with visual impairments may require assistive technology devices or software to access and participate in the general education environment. Assistive technologies include:
- Braille notetakers
- Screen reading software
- Talking book players
- Low vision devices
- Closed-circuit television (CCTV)
Technology Borrowing or Rentals
Assistive technology is available to students, schools and parents through the Vision Resource Center (VRC). Equipment may be checked out for trial purposes (six-week limit), in-school interventions or borrowed when a student’s device is broken and sent for repairs. Contact our staff about borrowing assistive technology.
How Do I Know Which Assistive Technologies I Need?
An assistive technology assessment, in addition to a functional vision and learning media assessment, is completed to identify the assistive technology tools a student will require to be successful in the general education curriculum. Input from a student’s educational team, including parents, is an important aspect of identifying the most appropriate assistive technology devices a student needs. We encourage parents and other educational partners to reach out to our staff for specifics for their students.