University of Edinburgh

Using ICT to contribute to social relations and wellbeing of children with a visual or visual-and-intellectual disability


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.

Bailey, Gail
Emotional well-being for children with special educational needs and disabilities
Sage, 2012
ISBN 9781446201602
A practical guide to strategies practitioners can use to prevent or minimise the risk of longer term mental health issues and social exclusion. Covers a range of disabilities including visual impairment and deafness.

Bailey, Gail & Aubin, Siobhan
Think right/feel good: a short course for promoting well-being in young people with vision impairment
Guide Dogs, 2011
ISBN 9780955926808
A programme of workshops to promote emotional well-being and good social skills in young people with vision problems.

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.


We are digital!
Mar/Apr 2014, No 50, p10-11
A group of young adults with VI talk about their favourite apps and gadgets.

Cain, Sally & Griffiths, Steve
Glimpse into the future
April 2012, No 76, p40-43
A report on issues raised at an annual conference about technology for disabled people including HTML 5, cloud technology, mobile technology and social media.

Gasperetti, Barbara A ... [et al]
Comparison of three interactive video games for youth with visual impairments
British Journal of Visual Impairment
January 2018, Vol 36 (1), p31-41
Looks at the physical effectiveness of active video games such as Dance Dance Revolution, EyeToy Kinetic and Wii Boxing. Assessed the duration of moderate-to-vigorous activity while playing the games as a route to increase physical activity of visually impaired young people.

Griffiths, Steve
What's in a voice?
Sep/Oct 2014, No 53, p35-37
Looks at the issues associated with synthesised computer voices.

Hollis, Charlotte
Tell us what you really think
Nov/Dec 2014, No 54, p36-7
Teenagers are encouraged to express themselves using iPads.

Holmstrom, Radhika
There's an app for that ...
Jul/Aug 2014, No 93, p12-15
Use of mobile technology and apps to improve access to healthcare around the world, from general health and wellbeing to specialist practitioners' tools.

Keerthi Vasan, GC; Suresh, B; Venkatesan, M
Agile and cost-effective ultrasonic module for people with visual impairment using a headphone jack: Implications for enhancing mobility aids
British Journal of Visual Impairment
September 2017, Vol 35 (3), p275-282
Engineers have adapted ubiquitous technology of mobile devices and headphone inputs to offer a solution for people with visual impairments to navigate their environment.

Lancioni, Giulio E ... [et al]
Supporting leisure and communication in people with visual and intellectual disabilities via a smartphone-based program
British Journal of Visual Impairment
September 2017, Vol 35 (3), p257-263
Looks at the use of smartphones and new technology as a means to improve leisure and communication for people with visual impairments and mild learning disabilities.

Lopez, Mariana; Kearney, Gavin; Hofstadter, Krisztian
Audio description in the UK: What works, what doesn’t, and understanding the need for personalising access
British Journal of Visual Impairment
Sept 2018, Vol 36 (3), p274-291
A study of the user experience and preferences for users of audio description for TV and film.

Marques-Brocksopp, Lorna
Broad reach of the wellbeing debate: emotional wellbeing and vision loss
British Journal of Visual Impairment
January 2012, Vol 30 (1), p50-55
An exploration into the current interest in emotional and physical wellbeing. Looks at different models of wellbeing which could be explored by research and to open up the debate.

Marques-Brocksopp, Lorna
Mindfulness, spiritual well-being, and visual impairment: an exploratory study
British Journal of Visual Impairment
May 2014, Vol 32 (2), p108-123
Looks at the variety of ways that mindfulness training can help people with a visual impairment, including physically.

Vallee, Aurelie; Rovira, Katia; Deschamps, Loic
Study of collaboration via a digital space accessible to adolescents with visual impairment
British Journal of Visual Impairment
Jan 2016, Vol 34 (1), p83-90
Explores a system of tactile feedback from a computer for users who are visually impaired.


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.