University of Edinburgh

Finding the Right Technology for Learners with a Visual Impairment


Allman, Carol B & Lewis, Sandra (eds)
ECC essentials: teaching the expanded core curriculum to students with visual impairments
AFB Press, 2014
ISBN 9780891284987
Addresses the additional curriculum elements that visually impaired children have to learn in order to live independent lives, this includes curriculum access, assistive technology, mobility, independent living, social skills, careers and citizenship.

Dutton, Gordon
Strategies for dealing with visual problems due to cerebral visual impairment
SeeAbility, nd
Brief outline of CVI and strategies for how different conditions can be accommodated.

Lewis, Larry L
iOS in the classroom: a guide for teaching students with visual impairments (iOS 9 ed)
AFB, 2016
ISBN 9780891287353
Illustrated step-by-step guide for teachers to the accessibility features of the iPad using iOS 9.

Longhorn, Flo
iPads, apps and special learners: A-Z for beginners
Flo Longhorn, 2012
ISBN 9780955900839
Background information on iPad use and themed selections of appropriate apps for use on iPads, iPhones or iPod Touch which can be used particularly well with children who have additional support needs.

Mill, Craig
iPads for communication, access, literacy and learning (iCALL) 2nd ed
CALL Scotland, 2014
ISBN 9781898042358
Guide to iPads for people using them with learners who have a range of learning and communication difficulties. Includes guidance on the basics, apps, accessibility options, preparing devices for exams, and the practicalities of maintaining and protecting devices within educational settings.

Presley, Ike & D'Andrea, Frances Mary
Assistive technology for students who are blind or visually impaired: a guide to assessment
AFB, 2008
ISBN 9780891288909
This guide will help teachers and others to understand the technology available to visually impaired students and make recommendations to individuals based upon their needs.
Appendix D: Assessment Forms -


Connolly, Phillip
Switch on to sight loss
August 2012, No 80, p35-37
People with sight loss are not just benefiting from advances in technology, they are creating it. Looks at current directions in technology which are beneficial for or inclusive of visually impaired users.

French, Henry
Ebooks: the future is here ... almost
Nov/Dec 2010, No 30, p23-25
Introduces the benefits of electronic books for children who struggle with standard print.

Griffiths, Steve
Horizon scanning
October 2011, No 70, p40-43
A roundup of new and future accessibility of technology.

Logan, Vicki
Technology for further study
Jul/Aug 2014, No 52, p36
Looks at how trialing technology can help find the right device for studying.

Longhorn, Flo
Using iPads for "learning to look"
March/April 2012, No 38, p28-29
A short item on apps for visual attention, visual tracking & scanning and motivators.

Lunt, David & Blaikie, Andrew
Children's eye conditions and use of technology
March/April 2012, No 38, p41-42
Looks at how different eye conditions can affect how children are able to use technology.

McNaught, Alistair
Accessible technology: using Word
Nov/Dec 2010, No 30, p28-30
Offers advice on how to adjust Microsoft Word to improve accessibility for visually impaired users.

McNaught, Alistair
Assistive technology that doesn't cost the earth
Jul/Aug 2010, No 28, p25-27
Goes through some of the options when trying to decide when existing technology can be adjusted or when specialist equipment and software is required for people with special requirements.

McNaught, Alistair
Assistive technology that doesn't cost the earth
Sep/Oct 2010, No 29, p29-31
Advice on how young people with sight problems can use technology at home and in the classroom.

Mitchell, John
Taking ICT further
Sep/Oct 2010, No 29, p22-25
Talks about the differentiated ICT curriculum at Henshaws which includes innovative use of mainstream gadgets.

Spong, Andy
Searching the internet using Jaws
May/June 2006, No 3, p18-20
Explores using Wikipedia with students who are visually impaired.

Wong, Meng Ee & Cohen, Libby
School, family and other influences on assistive technology use: access and challenges for students with visual impairment in Singapore
British Journal of Visual Impairment
May 2011, Vol 29 (2), p130-144
Looks at the deployment of assistive technology for visually impaired pupils in Singapore. Evidence suggests that class teachers need more support and training in the use of equipment.


Gierach, Jill
Assessing students' needs for assistive technology (ASNAT): A resource manual for school district teams (5th ed)
Wisconsin Assistive Technology Initiative, 2009
(Accessed: 05/12/2016)
Assistive Technology Checklist:

Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired
VI technology assessment resources
Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired
(Accessed: 05/12/2016)
Links to a range of forms,checklists, guidelines and products.

Webb, Vernon
Assistive technology assessment for pupils with a vision impairment
RNIB, 2013
(Accessed: 05/12/2016)
This effective practice guide gives information and advice to anybody involved in deciding what equipment to provide a young person in an educational setting to help them overcome the barriers caused by visual impairment.

Willings, Carmen
Assistive technology
Teaching Students with Visual Impairments
(Accessed 05/12/2016)
A series of articles on use of a computer and specialist technology available for students with sight problems.