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Technology and Education of the Visual Impaired

By Dr.G.Victoria Naomi   |   Avinashilingam Institute for Home Science & Higher Education for Women is a women's Deemed University in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu
Learners enrolled: 838


In this course, the learner will get an understanding of the assistive technologies for people with disabilities.  How visually impaired persons access print using screen readers? How print is converted in to speech and also Braille format.   All these aspects are discussed in the lessons. Until recently, the visually impaired had limited access to information. The reason is that the production of format readable to them such as Braille is  rather slow and expensive. However since the digital formats have come in to being, the situations have significantly changed to better. 

This course is beneficial to teacher trainees both general and special education, in-service teachers, special educators, teacher educators, psychologists social workers, technology person and visually impaired persons themselves. This course aims to deepen the understanding of assistive technology for the visually impaired. 


Summary
Course Status : Ongoing
Course Type : Core
Duration : 8 weeks
Start Date : 13 Jul 2022
End Date : 04 Sep 2022
Exam Date :
Enrollment Ends : 15 Sep 2022
Category :
  • Teacher Education
Credit Points : 2
Level : Undergraduate

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Course layout


Week - I

1. Educational Technology-Concept, Importance, and Scope 
2. Difference between Educational Technology and Technology in Education
3. Special Significance and Goals of Technology for the Education of children with Visual Impairment

Week - II

4. ICT - Concept and Special Significance for Teaching - Learning of the Visually Impaired.
5. ICT and the UN Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
6. Assistive Technology for People with Disabilities

Week -III

7. Basic Considerations for design and development - Access, Affordability and Availability
8. Technologies - Addressing User’s Perspectives in Developing Adaptive Technologies
9. Roles of IIT's and the Scientific Community;
10. Universal/Inclusive Design - Concept, Advantages, and Limitations.

Week - IV

11. Screen Readers with Special Reference to Indian Languages; Magnifying Software, and Open Source Software.
12. Braille Notetakers and Stand-alone Reading Machines
13. Braille Translation Software with Particular reference to Indian Language and Braille Embossers

Week - V

14. On-Line Libraries and Bookshare
15. Daisy Books, Recordings, and Smart Phones.
16. Mathematical Devices Taylor frame and types, Abacus, Geometry Kit, Algebra type 

Week - VI

17. Preparation and Use of Tactile Materials
18. Techniques of preparation and presentation of adapted tactile Maps , Diagrams and Globe 
19. Low Vision Aids-Optical, Non-Optical, Vision Training Material 

Week - VII

20. Thermoform and Swell Paper technology and Software's for developing tactile diagrams
21. Social Media 
22. Creation of Blogs

Week - VIII

23. Tele-Conferencing
24. Distance Learning and ICT
25. E-Classroom: Concept and Adaptations for Children with Visual Impairment

Books and references


1. Vision 2020: The Right to Sight. 2010. Blindness and Visual Impairment: Global Facts.

2. Paul R., Garg A., Singh V., Mehra D., Balakrishnan M., Paul K., Manocha D.. Smart Cane for the Visually Impaired.

3. Ho V.H., and Schwab I. R, 2001, ìSocial economic development in the prevention of global blindness,î Br. J. Ophtalmol. 2001; 85:pp.653-657. 

4. R. E. Ladner, M. Y. Ivory, R. Rao, S. Burgstahler, D. Comden, S. Hahn,M. Renzelmann, S. Krisnandi, M. Ramasamy, B. Slabosky, A. Martin, A. Lacenski, S. Olsen, and D. Groce.

5. C. Jayant, M. Renzelmann, D. Wen, S. Krisnandi, R. E. Ladner, andD. Comden. Automated tactile graphics translation: in the field. Proceedings of the 9th international ACM SIGACCESS conference on Computers and accessibility, Pages 75-82.

6. Rowell, Jonathan and Ungar, Simon (2003) " The world of touch: an international survey of tactile maps. Part 1: production" The British Journal of Visual Impairment, 21, pp 98-104.

7. McCallum, Don and Ungar, Simon (2003) “An introduction to the use of inkjet for tactile diagram production" The British Journal of Visual Impairment, 21, pp 73-77.

8. Sheppard, Linda and Aldrich, F. K. (2001) " Tactile graphics in school education: perspectives from teachers" The British Journal of Visual Impairment, 19, pp 93-97.

9. Sheppard, Linda and Aldrich, F. K. (2001) " Tactile graphics in school education: perspectives from pupils" The British Journal of Visual Impairment, 19, pp 69-73.

10. Donald", B.M., Hertig, Robert (2014)" Assessments of Raster‐to‐Vector (SVG) Conversion software and 3D Printers for Tactile Graphics" National Braille Press. pp 1-10.

Instructor bio

Dr.G.Victoria Naomi

Avinashilingam Institute for Home Science & Higher Education for Women is a women's Deemed University in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu

The Course Coordinator has been in the field for over three decades having wide and rich experience in teaching children with visual impairment in inclusive settings. She has undertaken various researchers in the field of special education. She has authored nine books and published over 100 articles in the field of Special Education. She has undertaken a number of researches collaborating with International Researches. She was the coordinator of the Indo-US Research Project on Response to Intervention Model in Indian Context.

Course certificate

30% for in course Assessment & 70% of end term Proctored Exam


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