Resources: Visually Impaired
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- Access World
Access World is an American Foundation for the Blind publication with product comparisons and reviews of assistive technology for people with visual impairments; archives are fully searchable.
- American Foundation for the Blind--Technology
The technology page of the AFB website provides a side bar of links of relevance for people who are legally blind or have low vision. Categories of information include: choosing a cell phone, reading and writing, using a computer, selecting home appliances, creating accessible websites, video description.
- DAISY Consortium
Learn about the DAISY standard for digital talking books at the DAISY Consortium website and access tools and software. The DAISY Consortium was formed in 1996 by talking book libraries to lead the worldwide transition from analog to Digital Talking Books. DAISY denotes the Digital Accessible Information System.
This social bookmarking webpage was compiled by computer specialist Wendy Buckley, of Perkins School for the Blind. The site features links to software companies, hardware vendors, and useful websites focused on teaching cause and effect, early language, literacy and authoring tools.
- Described and Captioned Media Program
The DCMP provides a library of described and captioned educational media for free to students who are deaf, blind, hard of hearing, visually impaired, or deaf-blind; also a clearinghouse of information related to education, accessibility, deafness, blindness, and other related topics; and an internet Gateway to the largest database of accessible media in the world. The Described and Captioned Media Program is funded by the U.S. Department of Education and administered by the National Association of the Deaf.
- The Federal Communications Commission's Accessibility Clearinghouse
This is a website of information on innovative telecommunications technologies for people of all abilities. Resources are organized by disability category. The website was created in compliance with the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act.
- iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch Apps for Magnification and Vision Support
A spreadsheet comparing apps maintained by Spectronics, a dealer in inclusive learning technologies in Australia and New Zealand.
- Learning Ally-Massachusetts site (formerly Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic)
Audiobooks for students with print disabilities. The Massachusetts state contract has funded Learning Ally memberships for schools to support their students with disabilities, as well as this support site and live training webinars for educators.
- Massachusetts Accessible Instructional Materials Library
This state library distributes specialized instructional materials, including Braille and large print, to provide visually impaired students with an appropriate education and equal access to the general curriculum.
- National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
NLS administers a free library program of braille and recorded materials circulated to eligible borrowers through a network of cooperating libraries.
- Perkins Braille and Talking Book Library
Free services to Massachusetts residents of any age who are unable to read traditional print materials due to a visual or physical disability.
VIBUG is the Visually Impaired and Blind User Group, serving blind and visually impaired computer users in Massachusetts. Membership costs $20 per year per person.