ERIC Number: ED406762
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997
Project VISION: Visually Impaired Students and Internet Opportunities Now.
Kapperman, Gaylen; And Others
Project VISION (Visually Impaired Students and Internet Opportunities Now) was a 2-year effort to develop and test methods and strategies by which blind and visually impaired students can use assistive technology to gain access to the resources found on the Internet. The project produced a manual and a videotape. Nine students were provided with assistive technology, including portable braille printers, portable ink jet printers, screen reading software, speech synthesizers, braille translation software, and screen enlarging software. Teachers were first trained to use the technology in accessing the Internet and then instructed their students in the methods and procedures during the following academic year. After an introduction to the project, the manual provides basic information on the Internet, including its origins, structure, access, and available tools. The following section explains the students' computer systems and the assistive technology available. Remaining sections offer information on connecting to the Internet and training of teachers and students. Seven appendices provide additional information on hardware and software, topics included in the teacher training component, guidelines for teacher and student logs, eight sample lesson plans, sample newsgroups, resources about the Internet, and resources about the Internet in accessible format. The manual is also provided on a computer diskette and on videocassette. Contains three pages of references. (DB)
Descriptors: Access to Information, Accessibility (for Disabled), Assistive Devices (for Disabled), Blindness, Computer Software, Computer Uses in Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Information Sources, Inservice Teacher Education, Internet, Lesson Plans, Partial Vision, Technological Advancement, Training Methods, Visual Impairments
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Research and Development Inst., Sycamore, IL.
Note: Videotape and computer diskette not available from EDRS.