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This module discusses elements essential to the assistive technology (AT) selection process. Most students with visual impairments require individually selected AT solutions that match their educational needs. Such solutions should match their abilities, preferences and the social context where they are to be used.

Estimated Time to Complete: 1 hour

  • What's Included
  • 19 pages
  • Pre/post-assessments
  • Optional $10 certficate
  1. Name two major groups of assistive technologies that can help a student with visual impairments.
  2. Define different forms of visual impairments.
  3. Describe why establishing a student's strengths is important in the technology selection process.
  4. Discuss environmental factors that can affect the functioning of a student with visual impairments.
  5. List no-tech accommodations to support a student with visual impairments.

Module Authors

Jaroslaw Wiazowski, Ph.D., TVI, ATT

Jarek earned his PhD at University of Lodz in Poland and TVI certification at University of Louisville, KY. He has worked with both educational programs and the assistive technology (AT) industry in Poland, Norway, USA, and Republic of South Africa. Publications include the chapter on Visual Impairments in the 2009 WATI ASNAT manual, articles in the RESNA Journal, International Journal of Special Education, Journal Special Education of Technology, and Closing the Gap Journal. He currently teaches adaptive technology for people with visual impairments at the Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski University in Warsaw, Poland, and works as an independent Assistive Technology Consultant.

Module Content Provided By

This module was developed in collaboration with WATI and provides updated content from the Assessing Students' Needs for Assistive Technology (ASNAT) - IDEA discretionary grant #: 9906-23. 1992-2009

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