Apps for Visually Impaired and Blind: Expanded Core Curriculum

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Published on March 14, 2014

Author: SwarthyDaisy



Apps for Visually Impaired and Blind: Expanded Core Curriculum

 First of all, The Existing Core Curriculum is:  English language arts, other languages, to the extent possible  Mathematics science  Health, physical education  Fine arts  Social studies  Economics, business education  Vocational education  History

 The Expanded Core Curriculum is:  Compensatory or functional academic skills, including communication modes: Compensatory skills are those needed by blind and visually impaired students in order to access all areas of core curriculum. Mastery of compensatory skills will usually mean that the visually impaired student has access to learning in a manner equal to that of sighted peers. This includes concept development, spatial understanding, study and organizational skills, speaking and listening skills, and adaptations necessary for accessing all areas of the existing core curriculum. These skills require instruction in and knowledge of Braille, large print, print with the use of optical devices, regular print, tactile symbols, a calendar system, sign language, and/or recorded materials to communicate.

 Orientation and Mobility The expanded core curriculum must include emphasis on the fundamental need and basic right of visually impaired persons to travel as independently as possible, enjoying and learning from the environment through which they are passing to the greatest extent possible  Social Interaction Skills Social skill is any skill facilitating interaction and communication with others. Social rules and relations are created, communicated, and changed in verbal and nonverbal ways. Social interaction skills are not learned casually and incidentally by blind and visually impaired individuals as they are by sighted persons. Social skills must be carefully, consciously, and sequentially taught to blind and visually impaired students.

 Independent Living Skills This area of the expanded core curriculum is often referred to as "daily living skills." It consists of all the tasks and functions persons perform, in accordance with their abilities, in order to lead lives as independently as possible. These curricular needs are varied, as they include skills in personal hygiene, food preparation, money management, time monitoring, organization, etc  Recreation and Leisure skills Students need to develop activities in recreation and leisure that they can enjoy throughout their adult lives. . . The teaching of recreation and leisure skills to blind and visually impaired students must be planned and deliberately taught, and should focus on the development of life-long skills.

 Career Education To prepare students for adult life, since such instruction assumes a basic knowledge of the world of work based on prior visual experiences. . . Because unemployment and underemployment have been the leading problems facing adult visually impaired persons in the United States, this portion of the expanded core curriculum is vital to students, It is important to instruct students in ways to access tools and skills that will link them to the same resources their peers are accessing independently within the work force.  Use of Assistive Technology Technology can be a great equalizer. For the Braille user, it allows the student to provide feedback to teachers by first producing material in Braille for personal use, and then in print for the teacher, classmates, and parents. It gives blind persons the capability of storing and retrieving information. It brings the gift of a library under the fingertips of the visually impaired person. Technology enhances communication and learning, as well as expands the world of blind and visually impaired persons in many significant ways

 Visual Efficiency Skills  Most students with remaining functional vision can be taught to better and more efficiently utilize their remaining vision.

 How many of you are currently using apps during the work/school day?  Which apps are most effective?

 Let’s look at how we can include applications into our daily lives as well as into the lives of the students and clients that we teach.

 What Is Accessibility?  In the World Wide Web, accessibility means having equal access to web-based information and services regardless of physical or developmental abilities or impairments.  We have to establish a mode of access to devices prior to students/clients accessing and using them independently. Here are a few links to accessibility features on iPad and Android devices.  Apple/iPad accessibility link:  Android:   disabled-and-visually-impaired-users/   Big Launcher (Android): BIG Launcher makes the Smartphone suitable for seniors, children, and people with eye diseases, motor problems or the legally blind. Visually impaired and technically challenged users can use the simple and easy-to-read interface with ease. There is no fear of making a mistake and losing everything with stress-free navigation. And it also features the SOS button which can save lives!  LookTel Voice Over Tutorial app: This app provides a basic introduction to VoiceOver and the gestures used throughout iOS. Persons new to VoiceOver and IOS are guided through the tutorial with a pleasant mix of facts and entertainment. Once the app is started with VoiceOver running, the text and elementary games provide a practice of the basic gestures used with VoiceOver and IOS. As each new gesture is introduced, it is accompanied by an interactive practice screen

 The majority of the apps in this presentation are from the iTunes Store  The apps in this portion are general, broad range functional apps for VI adults and general users.  A good app to access application (App) recommendations is: Braille Institute Online: ViA

 Read2Go  Dictionary  iBooks  ITunesU  My Script Calculator  Voice Calculator  iSpeech TTS

 Maps  Clock  Living Earth  Big magnify  Telescope Zoomer (Android)  Camera Zoom  Simon Malls app  Drivers manuals  DMV Driving  Auto USA-Test Prep app

 Facebook  Twitter  Pinterest  Youtube  Instagram  Google Plus/Hangouts

 Big Launcher  Text Free  Uber  White Pages  Email  Clock  Amazon  Trip Advisor  CamCard (scan in Business Cards)  Magnifier  Sign Easy  SHealth (Samsung Galaxy/Android)  SVoice (Android)  Siri  STranslator (Android)  Voice recorder  Google Voice  Calendar

 Tunein Radio  Pandora  Netflix  Spotify  Play Music  Play Books  Kindle  Audible  Play Newsstand  NewsStand  PBS  Ping Pong Samurai (Works with Voice over)  Podcasts  Groupon  Living Social 

 Career Explorer 4H  Job Interview  Linkedin

 Big Magnify  Color ID

 Assessment of Vision:  iSight Test  Vision Test  Vision Training/Information:  Vision Sim (Simulates visual conditions)  Sight Selector (Anatomy of the eye)

 Productivity Itunes Link: productivity/id6007?mt=8  Super Duper Data Tracker  Notes  Reminders  Dropbox  Cam Scanner  Pages  Camera  Pinger  Calculator  Text Free  Edmodo  Evernote

 Alphabet & Daily Living: Sesame Street Podcasts  StarfallABC  Dot-to-dot (eye/hand coordination): Sdtdnumlelite  Letters and Hand writing (Eye/hand) Pocket Phonics  Q&A/Listening skills: Brainpop Jr.  Ibooks: Download free books. Some can read aloud.  Telling Time  Make Shapes  Make Change  Bills & Coins  Communication: Talking Carl

 Memory  Memory Jungle  Tic-Tac-Toe  Monkey Kick  Visual: Magic Window, Cosmic Top, Art of Glow  Magnetic ABC  HiddenPix  Talking Calculator: HAL

 Books: Pocket Story, Me Too!, I Can Read with my eyes shut, ireading, ReadMe Stories, Kid’s Stories

 Doodle Buddy  Sound Touch Lite  Little Ears  Listening Skills: Sounds  IWW Lite  LGP Sampler  iTot Cards  TapToTalk  My first Apps  Old McDonald  Peek-a-bouncer  Concepts  ABC Animals  ABC Music  PreKSafari

 SeeTouchLearn  Dots Lite  FW Animals  Going Places  iDress  Jello Jiggle it  Little Writer  Doodle Dots  Sprout  Rover  The Electric Company Feelings (Feel Electric)  StarfallME  Starfall Reading  StoryBots

 BigMagnify  DragonDictate  Mirror  Read2Go $  RFB&D Audio $  Talking Scientific Calculator  Vision Hunt Color Edition (detection app for light sources, colors, etc.) $  AidColors $  LookTel Money Reader ($ ID) $  Voice Brief Lite  VizWiz

 Sesame Street Podcasts: Career with Sonia Sotomayor, Veterinarian with Wendy Williams, Vote with Steve Carell, Engineer with James Marsden  Evernote App

 Speaking Spelling Bee  Sesame Street Podcasts: Alphabet A-Y  Elmo ABCs Lite  Talking Calculator  Dictionary  Ibooks  ItunesU  PBS App  PBS Kids  Spelling City  Storia  Word Search  ABC Music  Pocket Phonics  BrainPop&BrainPop Jr.  IspeechTTS (speaks words students type).  Pic Card Maker  Times Tables  VB Lite (Braille)  Magnetic ABC  WriteOnLite  Funny Letters  See Touch Learn  Story Bots  BrainQuest  Reading A-Z (Level Reading Books)  PocketStories  BrailleVTStarFall ABCs $  StarFall Learn To Read $  iTot Cards

 Sesame Street Podcasts: Ingredient with Amy Adams, Compare with Amar’eStudemire and Carmelo Anthony,  Elmo’s Adventures: The Best Things In Life (Money management audio stories)  Tap to Talk  Clock App  Notes App  Reminders App  FaceTime App (use with another idevice)  TextFree App  Counting Money

 Google Earth  Simon Mall App  Sesame Street Podcasts: Balance with Emma Stone  Sound Touch Lite (Environmental, Instruments, Transportation, Animal Sounds)  What’s That Sound? App  Maps App  Clock App  Tell Time Lite  Driver Manuals  Atlanta Kids  Starfall All About Me $  Going Places  iDress  Ariadne GPS $  Alarmed (Timer/Alarm Clock)  Light Detector $  VM Alert (motion Detector)

 Pictureka  Doodle Buddy  Kid’s Doodle  Doodle Dots  Pac Man (Eye-Hand Coordination)  Dot-to-Dot Lite Letters and Numbers  Piano Free  Video Puzzle  Memory/Tripple Memory  Isay HD  BrainLab  Ping Pong Samurai  BlindShoot $  AI Adventure $  Adaptive Trivia  Audio Puzzle $  Blind Memory  Bopit $  Silent Space (Simon Says style game)

 Sesame Street Podcasts: Proud with Timothy Olyphant, Patience with ZacEfron, Champion with Blake Griffin, Challenge with Amy Poehler, Careful with Casey Affleck, Persistent with David Beckham, Conflict with Robin Williams, Stubborn with Nicole Kidmon, Remember with Eric Stone, Embarrased with Seth Rogen, Empathy with Mark Ruffalo  Talking Gina App (Communication)  Feel Electric (Feelings)

 Sesame Street Podcasts: Grimace with Ed Helms, Sibling with Jimmy Kimmel, Include with Mila Kunis, Exchange with Naomi Watts and Live Schreiber,

 Sesame Street Podcasts: Senses with Maria Menounos, Magnify with Rico Rodriguez, Prickly with Joel McHale, Soggy with John Krasinski, Observe with Jerry O’Connell  Art Of Glow, Forge of Neon, RealFireworks (Visual Attention, for ex: use with SIDPID students).  Highlights Countdown (Search and Find)

 Eye Exam  Optical Eye  Sight Selector  Safari Spot  Vision Test  Eye Chart Pro  VisionSim

 Use your personal devices to download and test out the apps that we learned about today!

 Expanded Core Curriculum: core.htm  Social Skills:  Braille Display/Apple: braille-display.html

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