Tag: Deaf/Hard of Hearing & Blind-Visually Impaired

Getting In Touch: Providing Classroom Solutions for Blind Children through Technology and Tactile Literacy Skills

For as long as drawings, pictures, graphs, and charts have been a part of the general educational process, teachers have struggled to find ways to help their blind and visually impaired students to assimilate those types of visual data. In turn, blind and visually impaired students have struggled to develop tactile literacy and spatial awareness which could help them to make appropriate use of the data and to understand it as well as their sighted peers. This presentation will introduce Monarch–a ground-breaking new technology, capable of simultaneous display of tactile graphics and Braille text. We will explore many of the key features of this revolutionary device. We will also brainstorm strategies for improving tactile literacy among our blind and visually impaired student population.

Key Learning Outcomes

1. Participants will learn and brainstorm at least 3 key strategies for helping blind students to interpret tactile graphics.
2. Participants will learn how the Monarch’s Editor, Braille Editor, Tactile Viewer, and KeyMath apps can support various classroom activities and assignments.
3. Participants will develop, as a group, at least three use cases for the new Monarch Braille Device.

Elevate Impact: Foster a Future of Self-Determined Successful Blind Children

As educators, we are entrusted with the important task of preparing our students for their journey ahead. Each of us are filled with the hope that at the end of their academic studies, they will become valued members of their communities and will be afforded the opportunity to live out their dreams.

Unfortunately, many blind and low vision children are not reaching those milestones as adults. Long held negative attitudes about blindness still persist in creating Internal and external barriers to taking part in all aspects of community. This interactive seminar will provide realistic strategies that are proven to strengthen their belief in themselves and their full potential. Each technique is designed to elevate our ability to positively impact the trajectory of their lives.

Key Learning Outcomes

1. Understand the impact that connection, belonging, and inclusion has on the mindset of the blind child and how to ensure they view themselves as important voices to be heard and welcomed as full participants in society.
2. Identify and remove patterns of low expectations to prepare students for their future through the use of non-visual techniques and confidence building activities.
3. Learn how to create opportunities to foster problem solving and critical thinking skills at all age and ability levels.

Coding Education and Accessibility in Schools

The APH Code Jumper, Code Quest, and Accessible Code and Go Mouse make coding accessible to visually impaired students in school. These devices take coding off the computer screen and into the students’ hands. APH Coding products can also be used in everyday school lessons to help with literacy, story sequencing, math, science and more. This presentation will highlight the most common uses of these devices and discuss how to implement their use in the classroom.

These 3 devices are available from the American Printing House for the Blind.

Key Learning Outcomes

1. Participants will gain knowledge of the Coding products that are available for students through APH.
2. Participants will learn the strengths and differences of each device to better determine which product will work best for each student they service and how each device can be integrated into all school subjects.
3. Participants will be able to code on the Code Jumper, Code Quest, and Assessable Code and Go Mouse

Hidden Challenges for Assistive Listening Technology in Large Venues

Assistive listening systems provide a means of wirelessly transmitting an audio signal from a venue’s sound system directly to a listener in the audience, dramatically increasing speech intelligibility by removing background noise and bypassing room acoustics. Recent advances in assistive listening technology, such as the development of Bluetooth Auracast, hold promise in making assistive listening technology more available, more accessible, and more affordable for venue operators and listeners alike.

However, several hidden challenges that both existing and new technology face in large venues remain unaddressed. This presentation explores how to overcome these hurdles that even many industry professionals are unaware of.

Key Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this session, participants will be able to:
1. examine whether any given large venue provides an adequate assistive listening solution
2. analyze whether alignment delay poses a challenge in any given venue
3. propose an adequate assistive listening solution for any given large venue

Using the APH Chameleon 20 & APH Mantis Q40 in Education

The APH Mantis Q40 (Mantis) has a QWERTY keyboard with a 40-cell refreshable braille display. The APH Chameleon 20 (Chameleon) is a notetaker with audio output, braille keyboard and a 20-cell refreshable braille display. Both devices support literacy, access to information, and production of school and homework for students with visual impairments. Learn how to use the native apps in these devices, Editor, Terminal, Library, File Manager, and Calculator. Download and read books. Learn how to use these devices with Windows/JAWS, Chromebooks, and iPads. Learn how to use speech with the APH Chameleon 20. This presentation will highlight the most common uses of these devices and discuss how to implement their use.

Key Learning Outcomes

1. Participants will gain knowledge of the APH Mantis Q40 and APH Chameleon 20 and how devices best work with Windows computers, Chromebooks, and iPads. (Only use the APH Mantis Q40 with a Chromebook!)
2. Participants will be able to independently use the Editor in the APH Mantis Q40 and APH Chameleon 20 and will understand that it is a text editor. Participants will be able to create, save, and export student work.
3. Participants will be able to download books in the APH Mantis Q40 and APH Chameleon 20. Participants will be able to access their books and understand the reading commands required for navigation.

Magnify This! Choosing the Best Magnifier for My Students

Choosing the right magnifier for your students can be hard. Join as we explore the 4 magnifiers available through the American Printing House for the Blind. In this session we will explore the strengths of each magnifier to better determine which one is best for your student. The 4 magnifiers are the Video Mag HD, Juno, Jupiter, and MATT Connect. These are all available through Federal Quota.

Key Learning Outcomes

1. Participants will gain knowledge of the 4 different magnifiers available through APH Federal Quota.
2. Participants will gain knowledge on how to OCR pictures on the Juno.
3. Participants will able to identify which magnifier is best for their students.

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