Visual Impairment Dr. Kamei-Hannan's Resources

Dr. Kamei-Hannan's Resources

  • The following list of resources is a personal collection of my favorite materials. You may find the following list of resources helpful. The list is organized alphabetically and contains organizations, websites, and technology vendors. 
  • * Note - Some of the websites have been designed by corporations and may include advertisements and commercials. 
  • Ai2: Features Zoomtext, Zoomtext Xtra Level 1 and 2, Zoomtext for Dos and VisAbility Low vision reading systems http://www.aisquared.com/index.cfm 
  • Alva: Braille Note taking devices & embossers.http://www.synapseadaptive.com/alva/Alva_Pro/alva_products.htm ORhttp://www.alvabraille.com 
  • American Foundation for the Blind: AFB is the leading publishing company for information regarding blindness and visual impairments. Their website includes excellent information for parents and people who are visually impaired. Two highlights on their website are “Family Connect” and the “Braille Bug”http://www.afb.org  
  • American Thermaform: American Thermoform Corporation (ATC) has been providing supplies, equipment and excellent customer service to our market for almost 40 years. Paper for Braille Embossers, Braille Writers, labeling material, poly covers, and various types of Embossers are all in our family of fine products. http://www.americanthermoform.com  
  • APH: American Printing House for the Blind manufactures braille, large type, recorded, and computer disk publications, and an assortment of educational and daily living aids. http://www.aph.org/ 
  • Arctic Technology: Features WinVision Screen reading Software, VisAble, and Zoom Video Telescope http://www.artictech.com 
  • Audio Games. Net: Website specializing in computer games that are in audio format. Games can be downloaded via this website. Some games are free, others are shareware. Games should be previewed before students play, some adult content is in a few of the games, but a content rating is reported for each game. http://www.audiogames.net 
  • Autism Collaboration: Website containing several links to Autism organizations.http://www.autism.org  
  • Bookpals Storyline Online: Recordings of movie stars and famous people reading books like Stellaluna and Knots on a Counting Rope online, sponsored by the Screen Actors Guild. http://www.storylineonline.net  
  • Brain Pop and Brain Pop Jr.: Websites that contain several games and activities for children. http://www.brainpop.com and http://www.brainpopjr.com  
  • British Broadcast for Kids: Includes stories and activities for kids.http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/laac/menu.shtml  
  • CAPVI (the California Association for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments) is the California affiliate of NAPVI, the National Association for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments. http://www.capvi.org  
  • California School for the Blind (CSB) – Downloadable Manuals for Braille Notes, Braille’N Speaks, and Computer Technology Skills. From CSB’s homepage, scroll down to CSB Technology Program - Updated Curriculum Guides (New March 2006) a new page will open. At the bottom of the page will be the following links. If you are on a computer that is connected to the Internet, you should also be able to click on the links below to access the guides. CSB will also provide you with a free CD if you call the number below. CSB Technology Curriculum Guides: Basic Computer Curriculum Guide in MS Word format - Basic Computer Guide (New March 2006) or http://www.csb-cde.ca.gov/Documents/Computer Guide March 06.doc Braille 'n Speak Curriculum Guide in MS Word format New March 2006 Braille Note Curriculum Guide in MS Word format New March 2006 For a free CD containing all our Technology Curriculum Guides, training files and practice exercises, please call CSB at (510) 794-3800 x312 
  • Center for Applied Special Technology – A federally funded educational research and development organization that works to expand learning opportunities for all individuals through Universal Design for Learning (UDL) http://www.cast.org/
  • Cleveland Museum of Art: Website developed to promote art for children.http://www.clevelandart.org/kids
  • Crayola: You know, the crayons. They also have a website with several games and activities for children. Great website to help young children discover enjoyable leisure/recreational activities, develop motor skills, and begin to use the computer. http://www.crayola.com
  • Creative Technology Solutions: Techno-Braille, an unusual method of producing braille by attaching a transparent resin on paper. Not an embossing technology, but one that replaces embossing. Licenses from Technology Tree of Korea http://www.tactilesolutions.com
  • DAISY Consortium: Homepage of Digital Talking Book consortium, featuring accessible audio books in digital format. http://www.daisy.org/default.asp
  • Dancing Dots: Specializing in Music - Provides GoodFeel software, promotes literacy for the blind musician by automating the transcription of braille scores; automatically converts Line Notation and MIDI files to braille.http://www.dancingdots.com
  • Discovery Channel for Kids: Based on the television channel.http://kids.discovery.com
  • Disney Online Activities: http://home.disney.go.com/games
  • Dolphin Computer Access: Features Supernova Reader Magnifier, Hal Screen Reader, and Lunar Plus Enhanced Screen Enlarger. http://www.dolphinuk.co.uk  
  • Don Johnston: A technology company that specializes in educational products to assist children with a variety of learning needs, including students with disabilities, for children of all ages. Website offers several downloadable trial versions. http://www.donjohnston.com
  • Duxbury Systems: Features Duxbury and Megadots Braille translation software. http://www.duxburysystems.com
  • Ed Helper.com: A website developed to help teachers. http://edhelper.com/ 
  • Enablemart Technology for Everyone: Features several hardware and software that allow access to computers for people with a variety of physical disabilities. Also includes special software for students with autism, early childhood development, and students with cognitive delays. http://www.enablemart.com
  • Enabling Technologies: Braille Bookmaker, Braille Express, ET Braille Printer, Julliet (midrange interpoint), Marathon, Romeo (mid-range), and TED-600, Thomas (mid-range), and PED (plate embosser). Those not marked are professional. http://www.brailler.com
  • Exceptional Teaching, Inc.: Teaching materials for students with visual impairments and MH/VI students. The company offers a variety of educational games, materials, braille teaching materials, and blindness related products; also the homepage for the Speech Assisted Learning (SAL2), a touch tablet used in conjunction with the Mangold Braille Reading Program for Young Readers. http://store.exceptionalteaching.net ORhttp://store.exceptionalteaching.net/isasy.html
  • Free games Play. Com: Fun website that houses electronic games. Great for low vision students, eye hand coordination, fine motor skills, and visual efficiency! http://www.free-games-play.com
  • Freedom Scientific: Affiliated designers of assistive technologies, including Arkenstone, Blazie Engineering, and Henter-Joyce. Features products: Braille notetakers, JAWS screen-reading software and reading machines.http://www.freedomscientific.com
  • Funcology: A Website for Kids. http://www.funology.com
  • Google Earth: A website that allows the user to view a specific location from an aerial, satellite photograph. Great teaching tool for geography and social studies! http://earth.google.com
  • Gus Communications, Inc: Software that assists in making communication boards. Features software called Talking Overboard.http://www.gusinc.com/Overboard
  • GW Micro – Window Eyes: Manufacturers of screen reading software with voice output. http://www.gwmicro.com/ 
  • Humanware: Low vision and blindness products including note-takers, software, and other resources. http://www.humanware.com/en-usa/home
  • IBM Special Needs: Manufacturer of the Independence Series products; Screen reading - magnification software and more. http://www-306.ibm.com/able
  • Index Braille: Index Basic-D and Index Basic-S are mid-range units. The Index Everest is a mid-range unit that handles sheet feed paper. The Index Everest 4A4 is a professional unit that produces magazines (double sized paper, folded and stapled). Sold in the U.S. by Sighted Electronics; sold by Techno-vision in the UK http://www.indexbraille.com
  • Inspiration and Kidspiration: Software that creates graphic organizers to help children with writing. Website has a downloadable trial software.http://www.inspiration.com
  • Intellitools: Software designed to adapt curriculum and provide adapted materials for students with disabilities http://www.intellitools.com
  • Internet 4 Classrooms: Resource Website for teachers:http://www.internet4classrooms.com/skills_1st.htm
  • Journal of Special Education Technology: Electronic, ejournal, sponsored by Technology and Media [TAM], a Division of CEC.http://jset.unlv.edu/shared/volsmenu.html
  • Kurzweil Educational Systems: Contains software and products for students who have visual impairments and students who are dyslexic.http://www.kurzweiledu.com
  • Laureate Learning Systems: Contains a variety of software and products for students with disabilities, including autism, learning disabilities, and severe/profound disabilities. Downloadable demo versions are available.http://www.laureatelearning.net/professionals602
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art: Website developed for kids.http://www.metmuseum.org/explore/museumkids.htm
  • Museum of Kids Art: Organization promoting art for kidshttp://www.museumofkidsart.org/Welcome.html
  • NASA for Kids: Educational website developed by NASA for kids to explore science. http://kids.earth.nasa.gov
  • National Center on Universal Design for Learning – This website focuses on the principals of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and provides an abundance of instructional materials and resources to support UDL including lesson plans.http://www.udlcenter.org
  • National Gallery of Art: Adventures, activities, and art projects.http://www.nga.gov/kids
  • National Geographic for Kids: Website hosted by National Geographic, containing information and resources for children, parents, and teachers.http://kids.nationalgeographic.com
  • Nickelodeon: Fun website that contains activities for children, based on characters in Nickelodeon’s television shows, like Dora the Explorer.http://www.nickjr.com/home/index.jhtml
  • Nippon Telesoft: (Japanese Website, must open the home page and then choose the English link). TP-32 single sided, BPW-32 interpoint, BMP-320 (print and braille on same sheet of paper) http://www.nippontelesoft.com
  • PBS for Kids: Educational website that contains several activities, games, links, and resources for kids. Some activities include characters from television shows, like Arthur and Clifford. http://pbskids.org
  • Power Point (Tutorial) for the Classroom: A Teacher’s Guidehttp://www.actden.com/pp
  • Project IRIS: http://iris.peabody.vanderbilt.edu
  • Quantum Technology: manufacturer of the Moutbatten embosser, an inexpensive unit. Sold in the United States by HumanWare.http://www.mountbattenbrailler.com OR http://www.quantech.com.au  
  • Read Naturally: Features resources, software, and information for parents and teachers. Supports reading development. http://www.readnaturally.com 
  • Rocket Reader: Contains products, assessment, and information regarding reading. http://www.rocketreader.com  
  • Scholastic for Kids: The book publishing website, designed especially for children. http://www.scholastic.com/kids  
  • Scholastic for Teachers: Website designed to assist teachers with curriculum.http://teacher.scholastic.com/activities/index_grades35.htm> 
  • School and Teacher.com: A website developed to help teachers.http://www.schoolandteacher.com
  • Screen Magnifiers Homepage: Provides information about screen magnifier software, the latest news, and a comparison of the different screen magnifiers available. http://www.magnifiers.org
  • Sighted Electronics: Sells the Index and Thiel embossers in the U.S.; skilled embosser repairer http://www.sighted.com
  • Slater Software, Inc.: Contains a variety of products and learning sheets for teachers and parents, mainly for students with autism.http://www.slatersoftware.com/autism.html
  • Smart Technologies, Inc.: Homepage for the electronic white-board, a high-tech interactive white-board that links with a computer to display material in electronic format. Used in many regular education classrooms, schools, and in businesses. Smart Board technology uses a large white touch tablet that mounts on a wall. The user projects an image from a computer through a projector onto the screen. Specialized software allows the user to interface the computer and touch tablet. http://www.smarttech.com
  • Smithsonian Institute: Website developed by the Smithsonian Institute, containing information, activities, and resources. http://www.si.edu/kids 
  • Storybookonline: Has various presentations of books that are read aloud and books that are interactive. http://www.storybookonline.net/Default.aspx
  • Storyplace.org: A digital Library that includes books that are read outloud and other activities for preschool and elementary age children.http://www.storyplace.org/storyplace.asp
  • Super Kids: Contains reviews of software and educational products.http://www.superkids.com
  • Teacher Web Building: This is a pre-designed webmaker. You can try the site for 30 days without charge. Then it is $25 a month to maintain your website.http://www.teacherweb.com
  • Teachers Helping Teachers: A website developed to help teachers.http://www.pacificnet.net/~mandel/ TechIDEAs that Work:http://www.air.org/techideas/home.html 
  • Telesensory Incorporated: TSI provides low vision and blindness products; includes computer magnification systems, braille, OCR and speech access equipment. http://www.telesensory.com
  • The Kennedy Center and RealNetworks: Storytime Online, recorded books that are read outloud and presented online. http://www.kennedy-center.org/multimedia/storytimeonline
  • The National Educational Technology Standards (NETS): A project that is an ongoing initiative of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) http://cnets.iste.org
  • The Teachers’ Corner.net: A website developed to help teachers:http://www.theteacherscorner.net
  • Totally Free Stuff Games: Website containing arcade and educational games. Also contains other products for free, student needs direct supervision when on this website. http://www.totallyfreestuff.com/games
  • Touch Graphics, Inc.: Homepage for the Talking Tactile Tablet (TTT), a touch tablet used to assist with teaching braille and tactile graphics. TTT offers tactile overlays for geography, math concepts, puzzles/games, and braille reading (SAL2). http://touchgraphics.com
  • TV 411: Tuning into learning, an information to help learn basic reading and math skills. http://www.tv411.org/index.shtml
  • View Plus Technologies: sells the Tiger embosser which produces excellent tactile graphics direct from Windows. Also Tiger Pro, Tiger Max, Tiger Cub, Tiger Cub Jr. http://www.viewplus.com
  • Virtual High School: http://www.govhs.org/website.nsf Web Page Accessibility:http://www.cast.org/bobby
  • WebQuest: http://edweb.sdsu.edu/webquest/materials.htm
  • YesAcceissbile!: “software solutions for the blind” is what the website states. This company created the software “typeability” a keyboarding software program especially designed for students with visual impairments.http://www.yesaccessible.com/typeability.html

M.A. in Special Education Option in Visual Impairment & Blindness: Teacher Preparation