January 17th, 2014
SAS Institute trainers Diane Brauner and Ed Summers led a day of iPad training for 20 Arizona teachers of students with visual impairments January 10. Part of the day was dedicated to releasing our app to the teachers and giving them their tote bags filled with AWViS materials.
Project Director L. Penny Rosenblum reviewed the materials the teachers will have their students use. Here she shows one of the graphics used to solve a math problem. Teachers received books containing graphics produced by project partner Tactile Vision.
Venetia Hayden and Megan Viren open their tote bags to see the...Read More
November 21st, 2013
The 20 teachers who are part of our feasibility study and their 30 students are working to build their iPad skills so they'll be ready to use the app in early 2014. One great side benefit of this project is bringing teachers together to share and learn from each other. Recently the Tucson Unified School District TVIs met with Project Director L. Penny Rosenblum to talk about how they are using the iPads with their students. Stephen Goudinoff reported one of his students with low vision is using Apple's Pages app to complete assignments and is submitting them to teachers by email. Ling Pan show...Read More
October 22nd, 2013
AWViS Project Director Dr. L. Penny Rosenblum and Senior Research Programmer Tom Hicks teamed up to talk about accessibility for those with visual impairment using iOS devices at the Mobile Matters Symposium on October 21. The two showcased the AWViS project at the conference on mobile technology hosted by The University of Arizona. View the PowerPoint and listen to the presentation.
AWViS Principal Investigator Dr. Jane Erin and Project Director Dr. L. Penny Rosenblum are on the agenda for presentations at the following two professional conferences this fall:
November 7-8 in Phoenix at the Ar...Read More
September 26th, 2013
Twenty Arizona teachers of students with visual impairments participated in a two-day, hands-on iPad training workshop September 19-20 in Phoenix. The workshop was facilitated by SAS Institute's Diane Brauner and Ed Summers, who worked with teachers to increase their iPad technology skills. Our project is loaning iPads and Bluetooth keyboards to 17 of these teachers, who will work with their students on using the iPad in everyday activities.
Stephen Goudinoff from Tucson Unified School District was jazzed about the commands he learned for the Bluetooth keyboard when using VoiceOver. A blind u...Read More
August 13th, 2013
Following open house meetings in Phoenix on August 8 and in Tucson on August 12, our project's recruitment of TVIs and their students is well under way. These open houses allowed more than a dozen TVIs to get hands-on experience with the app and its accompanying graphics. A highlight of the Phoenix open house was watching Katie, a college-bound young woman with albinism, show participants how she uses an iPad with VoiceOver and refreshable braille display. Participants learned about the many ways a person with visual impairment can use an iPad with Zoom, VoiceOver, and a Bluetooth keyboard. Re...Read More