Assistive Technology for the Blind
The Assistive Technology team is comprised of specialists who can help consult, instruct, problem solve, and build in order to help educators around the state of Utah serve students with visual impairments. Our team is happy to serve all districts and schools (those contracting with USDB and those not for other services).
We are divided into two teams- The Accessible Learning Materials Center (no tech to mid tech) and High Tech, but we also work together to support the whole child. We provide a range of services and are happy to come assist you or your students with their Assistive Technology needs. We of course want to work collaboratively with any existing supports you have in place (i.e. IEP teams, local AT support, and more).
High tech assistive technology is described as “the most complex devices or equipment, that have digital or electronic components, [and] may be computerized,” This would include Braille Displays, BrailleNote Touches, CCTVs, Computers, Digital Book Players (Victor Stream)screen readers such as: JAWS, NVDA, Narrator and VoiceOver.
The Assistive Learning MAterials Center (ALMC) at USDB falls into low to mid tech assistive
technology range. As it applies to students with disabilities at USDB this type of assistive technology (AT) usually refers to items that don’t require electricity, software, or programming of hardware. Examples of these items include: slant boards; high contrast graphics; pencil grips; hand-held magnifiers; raised lines on floors or desktops; color acetate overlays (for reading); tactile magnetic alphabet letters; and enlarged foam dice. “Mid” tech items include switch operated toys or software programs; light fixtures that are positionable; electronic talking calculators, clocks or timers; and voice recorders.