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					Caveland Lending Library: Items specifically for visual impairment or
Updated: December 2010

Technology Solutions for the Blind or Visually Impaired

Aladdin Closed Circuit Television Reading System (donated by Karen
Sutton) from Telesensory (a personal reading system that enlarges print up to
50 times).

DANA by Alphasmart (a lightweight portable wireless word processing program
that allows users to save up to 8 files and send to a desktop computer or printer)

Fusion with Text to Speech and Word Prediction (Qty. 2): The Fusion is a
portable keyboard designed for students with disabilities. It has text to speech,
word prediction, thesaurus, and adjustable font size that can be accessed by
striking one button. Also, it has a large LCD display. (Provided by funds
received from the Dollar General Youth Literacy Grant)

Braille Note in Qwerty (donated by Trish Johnson): This was developed by
Humanware and can be used by a blind person to have immediate access to
word-processing, internet, and document retrieval. The display has a standard
keyboard in qwerty.

*Tiger Emprint Spot Dot Braille Embosser: This embosser does interline and
interposing tactile graphics along with allowing ink on the page allowing color
when necessary (Provided by funds from the KSB Charitable Foundation)

TI Viewscreen Panel with TI-83 Plus Calculator by Texas Instruments: A
solution that can be used with a light box or overhead projector to allow students
to view the display of a graphing calculator

TI Presenter by Texas Instruments: A solution that can be used with a video
monitor to allows students to view the display of a graphing calculator. The
graphing calculator is not included.

Wireless Mimio XI: A wireless system that allows students with a laptop or
desktop computer to access what is written on a dry erase board. Comes with
wireless system, stylus, markers, eraser, and software.

Bookport from American Printing House for the Blind: A portable listening
System that allows users to create and save files. (KIMRC)

Intellitactiles: Standard Braille Overlays used with the Intellitools Keyboards
Lightspeed Personal FM System: This is a small compact system that enables
a student to hear the teacher without distractions. It contains a transmitter,
receiver, headphones, microphones, chargers, and small carrying case. A
student can hear the teacher from up to 300 feet away.

Dell Latitude 510 with the following software Programs : Kurzweil 1000,
Zoomtext 9.0, Mimio XI, Digital Microscope Eyepiece Program, and Encarta
Premium Library Reference System 2006 (See Descriptions below)

Kurzweil 1000 created by Kurzweil Education Systems is a reading software
system that makes printed or electronic text accessible to persons with visual
impairments. It turns text into a variety of real-life voices. Users can scan text,
edit, and create documents assisted by an audible dictionary, thesaurus, or
prioritized spell checker and archive them. Users can modify the display, speed,
pitch, etc. Also, it retrieves information online including electronic books,
magazines, and encyclopedic articles. It is installed on the Dell Laptop. Also, 30
day trial versions are available upon request.

Dell Vostra Laptop with Kurweil 3000 and Epson 4490 Scanner: This laptop
allows the use of Kurzweil 3000 (created below) along with scanner. Documents
can be scanned and changed depending on student needs. Also, Boardmaker
version 6 is installed on it.

Kurzweil 3000 created by Kurzweil Education Systems is a comprehensive
reading software system that enables students to be independent learners and
active classroom participants by: supporting language decoding, encouraging
fluency, aiding self-correction, and promoting comprehension. Kurzweil 3000
study skills tools make it easy to produce many types of notes and summaries for
review and to crate outlines for composing writing assignments. For teachers,
Kurzweil 3000 offers quick preparation and customization of classroom and test
materials to meet any curriculum objective and educational initiative. For
example: documents can be scanned, one can use notes, color highlighters, and
editing tools to automate the preparation of pre-reading and active learning aids
such as vocabulary and question lists, use bubble notes feature, and customize

Zoomtext 9.0 by AI Squared Co. is a powerful computer access solution. It
consists of two adaptive technologies- screen magnification and screen reading.
It provides complete access to applications, documents, email, and the internet.
A full version is installed on the Dell Latitude 510. Additionally. Free 30 days trial
versions are available upon request. (Betsy)

Zoomtext Magnifier 9.1 Version (Qty. 3): These software programs are screen
magnifiers providing complete computer monitor access including applications,
documents, email and the internet. System requirements include Windows XP,
Windows 2000, and Windows XP along with Internet Explorer 5.0 or later.
(Provided by a grant from the Bowling Green Noon Lion’s Club and
available for long-term checkout)

Zoomtext Magnifier 9.1 with Speech: This software program has all the
features of the Zoomtext Magnifier but also has speech that reads documents.
(Provided by a grant from the Bowling Green Noon Lion’s Club and
available for long-term checkout).

Premier Digital Microscope Eyepiece Program: allows users to access a
microscope. It comes with an eyepiece camera that replaces an existing
microscope eyepiece. Included software allows users to view on a laptop or
computer images from microscope slides. Images can be enlarged, rotated, etc.
and captions can be added. Images can be saved for viewing later.

Epson Perfection 4490 Photo Scanner (Qty.2): a preferred scanner used to
scan text into the Kurzweil 1000 Reading System Programs.

Perkins Electric Brailler: This allows a teacher of the visually impaired or
student who is visually impaired produce braille with minimal effort. It is styled
like the Perkins manual brailler but has motorized keys.

OVAC Color Eye: This is a portable and easy to use video magnification system
that can be used with a monitor. This was given generously to us from Fred
Pizarek of FTP Associates.

Clearview Video Magnifier: This is a 17” closed circuit color television with flat
monitor and clear crisp display. It enlarges any text in a student’s preferred
magnification. It also enlarges text in black and white and inverse images.
Magnification range is 2 to 50 times. (WHAS Grant)

MaximEyes Video Magnifier: This device offer both access to printer material
and multi media. It magnifies up to 60 times and includes special features such
as a pen tracker and pan-tilt zoom camera for distance viewing. (KIMRC)

Quicklook Focus: This is a portable CCTV with approximate 4 inch display. It
has various functions similar to the Senseview listed below. It enables viewing
material from any orientation. It allows writing and viewing at tilted angles.

Senseview by GW Micro: This is a portable CCTV with a 4 ½” screen. It has
various functions including 6 color/black and white settings, freeze frame, zoom,
contrast/brightness. It magnifies

Senseview by GW Micro: This is a portable CCTV with a 4 ½” screen. It has
various functions including 6 color/black and white settings, freeze frame, zoom,
contrast/brightness. It magnifies (KIMRC from a grant provided by the Ky.
School for the Blind Charitable Foundation).

Senseview Duo by GW Micros: This is a portable CCTV with the functions of
the regular Senseview but also enables viewing from intermediate distances. Its
additional applications make it a good tool for the community as well as school.
(Funded by Dollar General Youth Literacy Grant).

*Senseview Duo by GW Micro: This is a portable CCTV with the functions of
the regular Senseview but also enables viewing from intermediate distances. Its
additional applications make it a good tool for the community as well as school.
(Funded by the KSB Charitable Foundation).

Amigo: This is a portable video magnifier with a long battery life.. It can easily
travel from classroom to classroom. It has a large 6 ½ “ viewing screen. It
magnifies 3.5 to 14x. It has 6 viewing modes and a writing stand. It comes with a
writing stand. (WHAS Grant).

Clarity i-vu (Qty. 2) These are very small portable video magnifiers with a 2”
screen. They are designed for viewing items in the community or home including
prescription bottles, menus, bills etc. They are one of the industry’s smallest
CCTVs and fit into the palm of one’s hand. They magnify 5x-20x and have color
and inverse modes. They each weigh 4 oz. have 3 hours of rechargeable batter
life. (Provided by a grant from the Bowling Green Noon Lion’s Club and
available for long-term checkout).

BrailleNote: This is a paperless braille note taker that provides a choice of
output options by combining high definition braille display with clear responsive
speech. It will be used by teachers of the visually impaired who are interested in
technology for their older braille students. It contains a dictionary/thesaurus.
(KIMRC from a grant provided by the Ky. School for the Blind Charitable

*BrailleNote Apex: This device is the thinnest lightest portable notetaker for the
blind with unlimited capabilities. (KIMRC from a grant provided by the Ky.
School for the Blind Charitable Foundation)

Mountbatten Brailler: This is a braille writer with a modern comfortable braille
keyboard. It is useful for young children and for students with multiple disabilities
who have difficulty accessing a Perkins Brailler (KIMRC from a grant provided
by the Ky. School for the Blind Charitable Foundation).

Juliet Classic Braille Embosser: This is a braille embosser which is capable
or producing braille on both sides. It will be used by the braille transcriber
(KIMRC from a grant provided by the Ky. School for the Blind Charitable
Window Eyes Software with Maintenance Agreement: This software will read
almost any scanned document, web page etc. It converts text to synthesized
speech. It allows for individual user adaptations. (WHAS Grant).

Dell Vostra 200 Slim Tower Desktop Computer with 2 GB Dual Channel and
15” Flat Panel Monitor and Microsoft Office (AT&T Grant)

Hewlett-Packard Color LaserJet Printer (Model CP1518ni): This is a color
printer with scanning capabilities.

TGD Pro: This is a software tactile graphics program purchased by the Bowling
Green Noon Lions Club. It also has a writing pad. It is checked out to the
braille transcriber.

Duxbury 10.7: This is a braille software translation program. It is checked out to
the braille transcriber.

Scientific Notebook: This software program assists in the creation of
documents containing text, mathematic equations, and graphics. They can then
easily be translated into braille and tactile graphics. (AT&T Grant)

Virtual Pencil Arithmetic with Connect Out Loud (Qty. 2): This is a software
program designed for students with visual impairments/ and or motor
impairments. It allows for completion of math computation using a computer
keyboard. It can perform in a tutoring or test mode.

Digital Lightbox Artwork Activities: This is software designed to work with
PowerPoint. It enables instructors to develop activities that assist learners from
making the transition from a light box to a computer.

Select Switch: This is a battery-powered switch with function control features
that enable individuals to communicate and control battery-operated appliances,
toys, and devices. It includes a smooth and bumpy plate.

*Symbol Communicator for the Blind: This is a portable symbol communicator
that can store 5 messages on 6 levels, ideally for students who possess
additional disabilities. (Funded by the KSB Charitable Foundation)

Sherlock Talking Label Identifier: This is a hand-held digital voice recorder
with each message keyed to an adhesive label or plastic disk tag. These labels
or tags can then be attached to clothing, medications, packaged products, etc.

Perkins Brailler: This is a manual braille writer.
Tests and Assessment Materials:

Near Vision Acuity Chart 2000 by Precision Vision, LaSalle Illinois ( a means
to assess near vision at 16 inches) (Betsy)

The Random Dot E (RDE) Stereo test from Stereo Optical Col Inc. Chicago,
IL: (a means of assessing 3 dimensional vision or stereopsis.

Face Test from Goodlite: test involving graduated cards, used to assess near
acuity of children preschool in age or those who are cognitively challenged.

The Face Dot Test developed by Jack Richman (1988) and distributed b y
Vision Training Products, Bernell Division: a test used to assess near acuity
of children preschool or those who are cognitively challenged.

Teaching Guide for Development of Visual Learning Abilities and Utilization
of Low Vision, developed by Natalie Barraga and distributed by the
American Printing House for the Blind: used to assess the visual efficiency in
children in such areas as visual discrimination, figure-ground, visual closure, etc.

Individualized Systematic Assessment of Visual Efficiency (ISAVE)
developed by Langley and distributed by the American Printing House for
the Blind: a comprehensive program used to assess the functional vision of
students with severe handicapping conditions and the developmentally young.

ISAVE Grid: Used with ISAVE to assess the visual fields of students (KIMRC)

Invisiboard: a black Velcro board that can be used with ISAVE to assess
students with cortical visual impairment (KIMRC) (Betsy)

Tri-fold Board: This board measures 37 x 24 inches and is covered with Velcro
compatible material that can be used in combination with many existing APH
hook Velcro-backed pieces. It can be used at its full size, folded down to one or
two panels, or propped up in an easer position. The reverse of the board is
covered with red vinyl (KIMRC).

Sensory Learning Kit Guidebook/ Assessment Forms and Routines Book:
The Sensory Learning Kit Guidebook and Assessment Forms are designed for
learners with multiple disabilities who have the most significant challenges. It
creates appetite lists and routines and assists in determining the most
appropriate arousal states for routines. The Routines Book explains the
importance of routines and provides templates.
Swirly Mat Set for Functional Vision Assessment: These plastic mats are
filled with glitter and other items and are useful for functional vision assessment.
They can be used for locating, tracking, and color discrimination. They can be
used with a light box for a different effect. (KIMRC)

Swirly Mat Set for Cortical Visual Impairment (CVI): These plastic mats are
appropriate for assessment and use for students who possess cortical visual
impairment. (KIMRC)

ToAD: This set of standardized tools aids in performing functional vision
evaluations or visual skills development activities. It is designed for children
ages 2 ½ to five years and provides tools, toys, and puzzles that assist the
educator in assessment or instruction. (KIMRC)

Familiar Object Pictures: These are from the Light Box Materials and are used
to assess picture identification. They are large 4” pictures of familiar items such
as clothing, toys, food, and eating utensils. (KIMRC) (Betsy)

Motor Free Visual Perception Test (MVPT): Developed for persons of all ages,
it is used to assess visual perceptual ability without motor involvement. It is
designed for screening, diagnostic, and research purposes and is intended for
use by teachers, psychologists, occupational therapists, educational therapists,
and optometrists. It is used to assess the following visual perception processes:
spatial relationships, visual discrimination, figure-ground, visual closure, and
visual memory. (Betsy)

Developmental Eye Movement Test (DEM): This was designed to assess
horizontal and vertical eye movements in children ages 6 through 13 years. A
pretest and 3 subtests are included in the test packages along with normed
information. (Betsy)

Assessment Kit of Informal Tools for Academic Students with Visual
Impairments developed by the Texas School for the Blind and Visually
Impaired (Qty. 2): a comprehensive tool used to assess the unique needs of
blind and visually impaired students; contains three parts including the following:
Part 1 – Assessment Tools for Teacher Use; Part 2 – Large Print Reading
Assessment; and Part 3 – Braille Reading Assessments from the Basic Reading
Inventory by Jerry L. Johns. (Betsy)

South Carolina Assessment for Determining Appropriate Literacy Media
and for Evaluating Braille Skills: This tool was developed to assist teachers,
parents, and administrators of students with visual impairments in determining
the appropriate literacy media and in evaluating Braille skills.(Betsy)
South Carolina Functional Vision Assessment: This tool was designed to
provide teachers with a framework for assessing the functional vision of students.
It provides teachers with a sequential organized approach to observing students.

Assessment of Braille Literacy Skills (ABLS): This was developed by Anne
Corn & Alan Koenig (2004) and distributed by the Region IV Service Center
Houston, TX. It is a comprehensive assessment of literacy skills for students who
read and write Braille.

Independent Living: A Curriculum with Adaptations for Students with
Visual Impairments: This set of 3 volumes and supplement assist in
assessing, teaching, and evaluating students from school age to adulthood who
will live independently or with minimal assistance in social, self-care, and leisure
5 Part Set Evals Kit: EVALS is a 5-part set which is contained in a convenient
file box with a handle and snap tight buckle. It includes two books of evaluations
for the Expanded Core Curriculum areas, (ECC), one book of evaluations for
academic subject areas for Practical Academics and Basic Skills of students, an
Independent Living Skills Assessment and On-going Evaluation, and TAPS
Comprehensive Assessment and On-going Evaluation. (KIMRC)

Teaching Age Appropriate Purposeful Skills: An Orientation & Mobility
Curriculum for Students with Visual Impairments (1995): This guide is for
orientation and mobility instructors who serve students ages 3 to 21 who may
also have other disabilities. It includes educational goals and objectives with
teaching strategies, including functional mobility tasks and a student assessment

Empowered: An Activity Based Self-Determination Curriculum for Students
with Visual Impairments (2008): This guide is comprised of an Introduction and
23 Units and has been developed to guide the instruction of Self-determination
skills. Also included is a disc that can used for making large print or embossed
copies of the student activities.

Transition to Adult Life: A Guide to Assist Teachers of Blind and Visually
Impaired Students in Texas: This guide is used by the ARC team to effectively
develop transition plans and related programming for students with visual
impairments. It lays the foundation for information regarding all significant areas
of adult functioning needs that is to be gathered. Skills the student will need in
order to function as independently as possible are identified and included in his
Making Evaluation Meaningful: Determining Additional Eligibilities and
Appropriate Instructional Strategies for Blind and Visually Impaired
Students (2006): This book is intended to provide guidance to evaluation
personnel, teachers of the visually impaired, and families in making the best
possible decisions regarding student evaluation. The beginning chapters include
basic information about the characteristics of students with visual impairment, as
well as information about preparing for evaluation, including helpful observation
and interview protocols.

Functional Skills Screening Inventory: FSSI is an assessment, not a norm-
referenced test administered to persons in a standardized testing setting. The
FSSI describes the individual's behavior, based upon observer ratings in natural
environments. It focuses on the functional skills needed to live and work
independently in the community. .

Learning Media Assessment of Student with Visual Impairments, 2nd Ed.
(1995). This was developed by Alan Koenig and Cay Holbrook. It was designed
to be used to determine the primary reading medium and literacy media of
students with visual impairments. It is distributed by the Texas School for the
Blind and Visually Impaired. (Betsy)

Functional Vision and Learning Media Assessment (FVLMA) by Sanford &
Burnett: This manual is a complete program that provides instruction,
activities, and forms that assist in the assessment of functional vision and
learning media. (KIMRC)

The Oregon Project 6th Edition: The Oregon Project for Preschool Children
who are Blind or Visually Impaired (The OR Project) is a comprehensive
assessment and curriculum designed for use with children birth to six who are
blind or visually impaired. It can be used by parents, teachers, vision specialists,
or counselors in the home or in the classroom setting. The Oregon Project (6th
ed.) contains 800 distinct developmental skills, each with corresponding teaching
activities. This new edition provides computer graphing of an individual child’s
profile to clearly depict the child's strengths and areas for instruction.

*The Oregon Project for Visually Impaired and Blind Preschool Children
(1991)(2).: This was developed by Sharon Anderson and is used as a
comprehensive program used to assess and provide activities in the skills of
Blind and VI young children. Areas include gross and fine motor, social skills,
visual efficiency, etc. It is distributed by the Oregon Dept. of Education: Medford,
Oregon. (Betsy)
Teaching Social Skills to Students with Visual Impairments: From Theory to
Practice (2006): This book explores what theory can tell us about how children
who are visually impaired become socially skilled individuals. It then, presents a
compendium of techniques and strategies for helping youngsters, from
preschoolers through young adults, including those with additional disabilities,
develop and refine social skills. Assessment forms including the Social Skills
Assessment Tool for Children with Visual Impairments (SSAT-VI) and Social
Competence Assessment are included.

Foundations of Orientation and Mobility, 3rd Edition, Volumes 1 &2, (2010):
These guides are the essential reference and teaching tool on O&M. This recent
edition has been completely revised and expanded to two volumes by the most
prominent experts in the field. Since its original publication in 1980, this critical
resource has been the foundation for documenting O&M theory and practice. The
new third edition includes both the latest research in O&M and expanded
information on practice and teaching strategies.

Color Vision Testing Made Easy (2002) (2): This was developed by T.L
Waggoner and was designed to be used with very young children or those
multiple disabilities who function at about ages 2-3 years and older. It is a
screening tool for color perception and color blindness.(Betsy)

Informal Reading Inventory: Primer to Twelfth Grade (2002): This was
developed by Paul Burns and Betty Roe and is used to informally assess reading
skills and behaviors of academic students. Included are graded word lists and
passages. It is distributed by Houghton-Mifflin Co.(Betsy)

Sloan Distance Chart: available from Goodlite. This is used to screen or
assess the distance visual acuity of children who can identify letters of the
alphabet. (Betsy)

Lea Numbers for Testing at 16 inches (40 cm): available from Goodlite. It is
used to screen or assess the near visual acuity of children who can identify

Lea Symbols Flashcards: This is available from Goodlite. It is used to assess
or screen the visual acuity of students who can point to or identify shapes or
simple black and white pictures (Betsy)

Papvii Book for Near Screening: This is presented is a simple book format. It
is used to screen the near visual acuity of young children or those who are
cognitively challenged and who can point to or identify simple shapes or pictures.
Program to Develop Efficiency in Visual Functioning: This two part kit
identifies specific training needs in visual functioning along with lessons and
materials for visual training. It is designed for students ages 3 years and up.

Woodcock-Johnson III Large Print Edition: This is a full color large print
edition of the widely used diagnostic test. This test was designed for ages 2-
adult. It helps to identify learning disabilities or a student’s strengths and
weaknesses. It contains the standard battery of 10 cluster with 9 additional
clusters. It comes with a set of glare reducers. (KIMRC)

Woodcock-Johnson III NU: Tests of Achievement, Braille Adaptation: This is
a braille tactile adaptation of the Woodcock-Johnson III NU: Tests of
Achievement which is a widely used individual, diagnostic achievement test.
Please note that examiners of braille readers should be fluent in reading both
Literary Braille and Nemeth Braille. The following are needed for administration
and not included in the kit: WJIII audio CD/ cassette (for all recorded tests except
Sound Blending, WJIII Diagnostic Reading Battery audio CD/cassette or WJ III
Test of Cognitive Abilities audio CD/cassette (for Sound Blending). KIMRC

Brigance Comprehensive Inventory of Basic Skills in Large Print: This is a
criterion-referenced inventory that assesses specific skill areas. It spans
kindergarten through ninth grade.

Lea Contrast Sensitivity Test: This is used to assess contrast sensitivity in

Teacher and Student Resources

Perkins Panda Early Literacy Program (2002). This was developed by the
Perkins School for the Blind. It is a program designed to teach children with
visual impairments fundamental early literacy skills . Components include three
storybooks with guidebooks, a cassette of each storybook, and activity guides.
Also, included is a large stuffed panda with backpack that can hold a dual-speed
tape player.

Teaching the Student with a Visual Impairment: A Primer for the
Classroom Teacher (2002). This book and accompanying checklists were
developed by the American Printing House for the Blind and is a practical guide
for teachers, parents, and others who teach, love, or live with a child with low
vision. The primary focus is to help the teacher in the all-inclusive classroom.
Throughout the book, tips giving practical suggestions to teachers and parents
are presented.

Better Together: Building Relationships with People Who Have Visual
Impairment and Autism Spectrum Disorder (2008): This manual provides
practical suggestions for teachers and parents who want to build relationships
and teach social skills to children with visual impairment and autism or other
types of atypical social development.

Basic Skills for Community Living: A Curriculum for Students with Visual
and Multiple Disabilities (1996): This manual contains functional activities
from the domestic, recreation/leisure, and vocational domains, with infused skills
training in social interactions (including communication) and emotional
development, sensory and motor development, basic concepts, and
representation/cognition. Also, assessment procedures are provided.

Basic Skills Activity Routines (1997): This is a companion book to Basic Skills
for Community Living for the domestic, recreation/leisure, and vocational
domains, including activity routine discrepancy analysis forms preprinted with
routine steps with permission to copy.

Career Education for Applied Academics (1999): This handbook represents
the guidelines in the Career Education Program of TSBVI. This program provides
learning opportunities that are experientially based, academically supported, and
realistically focused on students' strengths and goal areas. The expected
outcome is that students will be prepared to enter the job market with the ability
to demonstrate good work habits, set realistic goals, demonstrate basic SCANS
skills, and specific skills training in various job clusters.
The handbook describes transition planning, the role of job coaches, planning
and assessment, and courses included in the Career Education Program at
TSBVI. It also features teaching units for some job clusters.

Calendars for Students with Multiple Disabilities Including Deaf blindness
(2001): This book communicates the benefits of calendar systems, provides
information on how to develop calendar systems, and provides information on the
continuum of calendars so that instructors and parents can make decisions on
how to implement and change calendars as students’ skills increase.

Boardmaker Plus Version 6 with Interactive Activities: This software is used
to create and adapt exciting on-screen and printed symbols based learning
activities for students with special needs including those with low vision and
additional disabilities. It also has various activities within the program that
students can access.

Envision I with Telescope Array: This uses funny stories and activities to
teach students how to use distance devices. The program contains items to
simulate standard street signs, addresses, international symbols, and familiar
objects. Included are 5 of the most commonly used monocular telescopes.
Envision II with Magnifier Array: This is a comprehensive program used to
teach children to use magnifiers for near activities. Included are 2 different
manuals, one for children under the ages of 10 and one for children over the age
of 10 years. Also included are activities and student materials. The magnifier
array consists of 5 different magnifiers. (KIMRC)

(2) Walk for Fitness Kit: This kit contains a personal guide wire system that can
b e set up in a school, park, or backyard. Also included are two pedometers.
There is an adjustable tether to use for walking with a human guide. It is long
enough to accommodate wheelchair users. (KIMRC)

30 Love Tennis Kit: This is an adapted tennis kit excellent for developing
socialization and sound localization. Players learn a variety of skills. (KIMRC)

Color Test II: Talking Color Analyzer: This is a hand held device that helps the
user distinguish colors independently. It has many uses at home, school, and
work, including assisting one in selecting their own wardrobe, identifying products
from the package color, determining if fruit is ripe, and distinguishing colored
folders, and forms.

Jump Rope for Fitness: This kit provides tools users can use to jump rope
independently, learn specific skills, and set goals. (KIMRC)

Portable Sound Source: This is a lightweight sound source that comes with a
remote control and carrying strap. One can use it to provide audio tones that can
be used for directional cues, sound localization training, or playground games
and sports.

Tactile Connections: This is an augmentative communication system for
learners who have significant visual impairments and who have additional
disabilities. This kit helps teachers create a formal tactile card system as a
means of literacy. (KIMRC)

Word Playhouse: This kit assists the teacher in teaching beginning phonics and
reading skills including letter recognition, braille code recognition, decoding,
vocabulary, and spelling skills. It is recommended for ages 5 to 8 years. (KIMRC)

Sound Adapted Tangle Ball Kit: This is a child’s first sound ball that can also
be used as a teething toy. It encourages spatial development and creative play
and helps in the development of hand-eye coordination, sound localization skills,
fine motor skills, and interaction with others. (KIMRC).

Jobs to be Proud of: Profiles of Workers Who Are Blind or Visually
Impaired: These cassettes and manuals tell the story of 12 workers who have
visual impairments. (Donated by Joe Strechay, Project Associate for AFB’s
Career Connect).
Penlight and Mimi Flashlight with Colored Caps and Lenses: This is used to
assess and provide activities for young children and those with cognitive
challenges who have extremely low vision. It is distributed by the American
Printing House for the Blind (KIMRC) (Betsy)

Teacher’s Pet Software from APH: This software program can be used by
teachers or parents to create accessible drills, practice exercises or tests for
students who are blind or visually impaired. It allows for the creation of audio or
large print tests. It can record test sessions, to track student progress. (KIMRC)

Zimmerman Low Vision Simulation Kit: This kit contains goggles that enable
the wearer to experience what it is like to possess certain eye conditions. It’s a
great resource to use when trying to explain the effect of vision loss on learning,
mobility, and daily living. (Funded by the KSB Charitable Foundation)

Braille Too: An instructional Braille Reading and Writing Program for
Secondary Students (1994.) (Donated by Karen Sutton): This is a
comprehensive program developed by Nancy Hepker and Sharon Cross-
Coquillette and distributed by the Grant Wood Area Education Agency. It is a
comprehensive program to teach Braille reading and writing skills to
adventitiously blind students.

*Braille Fundamentals: Middle School Cluster: This is a comprehensive
braille curriculum including assessment materials. The curriculum is contained in
four volumes and also has licenses for embossing up to 10 student copies.

Mangold Math #1 (1986).: This is used to teach students to read and write
Braille numbers..

Mangold Math Program: The Mangold Math Program introduces braille
numerals 0-9 and teaches rapid accurate braille numeral recognition. The
student workbook contains worksheets, games, simple number lines and more.

Mangold Program of Tactile Perception and Braille Recognition: This
program helps beginning braille readers of all ages by providing a solid
foundation on which to build future reading skills. Rapid finger movement is
fostered, and finger movements that are counterproductive are discouraged. This
program will also help experienced readers who demonstrate scrubbing,
backtracking, and braille letter or number reversal errors. Adults who have
experienced recent vision loss have also benefited from these programs. Each
lesson includes criterion tests, braille worksheets designed to improve the skill
being taught, and games that utilize the skills that have been mastered.
Light Box Level 1 Materials: This is the first of 3 sets of teaching materials
used with a light box. This set helps to teach basic visual skills, eye-hand
coordination, and simple matching skills. It comes with a guidebook. (KIMRC)

Preschool Attainment through Typical Everyday Routines (Patter): This is a
curriculum and assessment tool designed to facilitate skill development in
visually impaired preschoolers through everyday household routines. It can also
be used for students with additional disabilities. (KIMRC)

Yellow Brite Line Reading Guide: used to highlight reading material,
developed by the American Printing House for the Blind. Lost

(2) Reizen Dome Magnifiers 4x (Betsy)

(2) Sensory Learning Kit: This kit contains sensory items and written materials
that help the most significantly challenged learner develop specific skills. Also,
there are tools to create daily schedules, lesson plans, and routines. (KIMRC)

Large Textured Block: This is a 3 inch plastic cube featuring sides of six
different colors and textures. It is used to develop gross motor dexterity, visual
and tactual discrimination skills, and simple matching skills. (KIMRC) (Betsy)


Assistive Technology for Students Who are Blind or Visually Impaired: A
Guide to Assessment (2008) by Ike Presley and Frances Mary D’Andrea. New
York, NY: American Foundation for the Blind. This book was written for teachers
and other service providers who assess students and suggest potential solutions
through the use of assistive technology. Part 1 provides an overview of a wide
variety of low-tech and high-tech tools. Part 2 describes the process of a
comprehensive assistive technology assessment with a detailed guide. The
Appendices contain resources, forms, and other information.

AccessWorld: 2008 Guide to Assistive Technology Products (2008). New
York, NY: American Foundation for the Blind Press (AFB). This book lists a wide
range of products from the extensive database of assistive technology available
at the website of American Foundation for the Blind. Evaluations of many of
these products have been published in AccessWorld, AFB’s technology

When you have a Visually Impaired Student with Multiple Disabilities in
Your Classroom: A Guide for Teachers (2004). Written by Jane Erin. New
York, NY: American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) Press,
Autism Spectrum Disorder and Visual Impairment. This was written by Gense
and Gense and is distributed by the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB
Press). It is a comprehensive book at how autism spectrum disorders interact
with visual impairment. It includes the following: suggestions and approaches to
assessment, instructional, and program planning: forms and tools for capturing
vital information; and information on assessment instruments, instructional
materials, and web sites.(Betsy)

Career Education for Applied Academics (1999) : written and distributed by
the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, Austin, TX.

Cortical Visual Impairment: An Approach to Assessment and Intervention
(2007) by Dr. Christine Roman-Lantzy is a resource that spells out in detail a
thoughtful, structured, and sequenced approach assessment and intervention for
students diagnosed with cortical visual impairment (CVI)

Foundations of Low Vision: Clinical and Functional Perspectives (2004),
This was written by Anne Corn and Alan Koenig and is distributed by the
American Foundation for the Blind (AFB press).(Betsy)

Teaching Students with Visual and Multiple Impairments: A Resource
Guide, 2nd Edition (1996). This was written by Millie Smith and Nancy Levack.
It is distributed by the Texas School for the Blind, Austin TX

Going Places: Transition Guidelines for Community-Based Physical
Activities for Students who have Visual Impairments or Deaf-blindness
(2006). This book outlines a step-by-step process to promote physical activity in
an enjoyable manner. It highlights the barriers faced by individual with a sensory
impairment and how to overcome them It provides a systematic approach on how
to adapt different sports and ideas on different teaching and learning styles.

A Paraprofessional’s Handbook. This was written by C. Miller and N. Levack
and distributed by the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, Austin,

Calendars for Students with Multiple Disabilities including Deaf-Blindness.
This was written by R. Blaha and distributed by the Texas School for the Blind
and Visually Impaired, Austin, TX

Communication: A Guide for Teaching Students with Visual and Multiple
Disabilities. (2) This was written by L. Hagood and is distributed by the Texas
School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, Austin, TX.

Elementary Concepts for Students with Visual Impairments. This is
distributed by the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired., Austin,

Tactile Learning Strategies: Interacting with Children who have Visual
Impairment and Multiple Disabilities (2006). This was written by D.C. Chen
and J.E. Downing and is distributed by the American Foundation for the Blind
(AFB press). This is an engaging and informative video that illustrates
interactions with children. It provides a wealth of techniques to help teachers of
students with visual impairment and other disabilities in successfully teaching
communication skills. (KIMRC)

CVI Perspectives (2006). This video was produced by the American Printing
House for the Blind. It explores cortical visual impairment from 3 perspectives:
medical, educational, and personal. First, Dr. Alan Lantzy presents a medical
perspective. Second, Dr. Christine Romans presents an educational perspective
focusing on characteristics and recommended approaches. Third, seven families
talk about their experiences. (KIMRC)

Sensory Learning Kit Video: This video features Millie Smith using the
Sensory Learning Kit to complete an assessment on an adult learner. Additional
information on how to use the kit is provided in the video. (KIMRC)

Functional Vision Assessment Video: This video gives an overview of low
vision and the process of conducting a functional vision assessment. (KIMRC)

Child Guided Strategies: The Van Dijk Approach to Assessment: This CD-
Rom is interactive and demonstrates Dr. van Dijk’s strategies and techniques for
assessing and teaching children with multiple disabilities through the use of video
clips, questions pertaining to the video clips, discussion, and relevant literature.


Fourteen pairs of Trace elbow pads: These elbow pads will be used by
students to play Goal ball, a sport that students with visual impairments can play
with normally sighted students. (KIMRC: provided by a grant through the Ky.
School for the Blind Charitable Foundation).

Fourteen pairs of Trace long knee pads: These knee pads will be used by
students to play Goal ball, a sport that students with visual impairments can play
with normally sighted students (Purchased with funds received from the
Kentucky Association for Blind Athletes).

***Braille Recreational Reading: The following books were provided by funds
through the Dollar General Youth Literacy Grant:
The Cat in the Hat
Green Eggs and Ham
Go Dog Go
Cameron and
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No
Good etc.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
The Giving Tree
Arthur's Computer Disaster
Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing
See You Later Gladiator
A Llama is in the Library
Bud, Not
Artimis Fowl Series #1
Junie B. Jones has a Monster Under Her
Boxcar Series

Magic Tree House Bk: Dinosaurs Before

Magic Tree House: Mummies in the
Mummies & Pyramids Companion
Magic Tree House: Afternoon on the
Magic Tree House: Midnight on the

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