University of Edinburgh

Finding the Right Technology for Learners with a Visual Impairment

Presented on Thursday, 8th December 2016


This course explored how different types of technology can support the learning needs of pupils with a visual impairment. There were ‘try-out’ technology sessions including the latest in specialist reading aids such as ZoomText Fusion, ImageReader, Prodigi Tablet, Orcam, Ebot and Blaze EZ. The accessibility of mainstream laptops and tablets including Apple, Android and Windows devices was discussed. The day included:

  • different eye conditions and technology choices;
  • the pupil voice;
  • how to assess technology needs;
  • types of assistive technology;
  • hands-on experience of equipment;
  • information on accessing further support.

Participants said:

"Has enhanced knowledge of range of technology available and how to assess in a thorough manner."

"I will think more about which technology would suit each individual pupil. I will regularly research new technology."


Target Audience

All those working with children and young people with visual impairment, including VI teachers, support staff, voluntary organisations and parents/carers, etc.


Jo Fullerton, Technology Officer, RNIB Scotland, and Ruth Gallagher-Carr, Business Development Executive (Scotland), Sight and Sound Technology


10.05 am Eye conditions and different technology needs

11.30 am Assessing technology needs

1.15 pm Practical demonstrations of different Assistive Technology Products

2.30 pm Hands-on Session

3.30 pm Course Evaluation and close