ERIC Number: ED399715
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Reference Count: N/A
Access Technology: A Guide to Educational Technology Resources for Visually Impaired Users.
Lodge, John, Ed.
This book presents an introduction to the range of technology that can be used to assist in the education of students with visual impairments, with descriptions of the main features of approximately 45 systems. After an introductory chapter, Chapter 1 identifies four key uses for technology: in communication, in the production of materials, to provide access to information, and as a curriculum tool. Chapter 2 explains different computers and accessories including expansion cards, ink printers, scanners, CD-ROMs, special access systems, and overlay boards. Chapter 3 describes large display systems, including large text on screen, large print word processors, computer magnification systems, magnification system hardware, closed circuit television systems, and large print (paper). Chapter 4 reviews a variety of Braille systems such as electronic Braille displays, Braille note takers, mechanical Braille keyboards, and translation software for Braille. Chapter 5 evaluates speech systems, including screen readers, speech synthesizers, talking word processors, and different speech devices. A final section includes articles and information intended for specialists. Articles address materials production, selection of a laptop, the Internet, and sources of information and support in the United Kingdom. Includes a list of resources in the United Kingdom and a glossary. (CR)
Descriptors: Assistive Devices (for Disabled), Braille, Communication Aids (for Disabled), Computer Uses in Education, Educational Technology, Electronic Equipment, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, Low Vision Aids, Partial Vision, Speech Synthesizers, Visual Impairments
Royal National Inst. for the Blind (RNIB), National Education Services, Garrow House, 190 Kensal Road, London W10 5BT (10 British pounds).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Parents; Students
Authoring Institution: Royal National Inst. for the Blind, London (England).
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom