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Take advantage of ARPA relief funding to invest in adaptive tech. Reduce learning loss and improve accessibility for students who are blind or low vision.
In response to the pandemic, additional federal funding has been created to help the education sector address student learning loss, close achievement gaps, and assist with distance learning. An unprecedented amount of funding is being provided to schools by the federal government, and school districts are currently using and planning how to use these funds. The decentralized nature of the school system makes it difficult to understand how schools might spend these funds.
The massive influx of funds can start to address the accessibility and technology gap issues that existed before the pandemic. Schools can use some of these funds for one-time purchases and have between now and 2024 to spend the entire amount they are entitled to.
In summary, schools and districts can use stimulus money to better support students who are blind or low vision.
Assistive technology for remote or hybrid learning
Instructional plans to reduce learning loss
Technologies that make curriculum accessible
As the field of education moves toward greater integration of blind and low vision students into school programs, access to assistive technologies that meet their specific needs is a gateway to higher education, the job market, and financial independence in their adult lives.
Let’s help your students develop their full potential!
This is the perfect time to assess the needs of ALL your current students.
Contact us to discuss which product is right for your blind or low vision student.
Funding to address learning loss is now available.
FAAST, Inc is the State of Florida’s number one resource for assistive technology (AT).We provide AT Services such as:
New Horizon Loan Program
To all ACVREP certified professionals, including CATIS who are seeking ATBVI CEUs, our sessions will now enable you to develop competencies while qualifying for continuing education clock hours. Our sessions are free of charge and allow you to earn one-hour of continuing education credit for each session.
Whether you are looking to pursue CE activities or are interested in learning best practices using our technologies, you are welcome to join!
By attending these webinars you can:
Receive ACVREP CEU Credits
And for attending you will be entered to win a ticket $400.00 value to attend ATIA Virtual 2021 Conference.....
Check out our events page for more details
Today is Global Accessibility Awareness Day, and as someone who loves everything related to accessibility and digital inclusion, I have had an incredible time participating in different events and talking about how I use assistive technology in my day-to-day life. If you told me ten years ago that I would be excited to talk about my visual impairment and how I accomplish different things though, I wouldn’t have believed you at all.
Audio Description Project Updates
This week's newly added audio-described content includes additions to Netflix, Hulu, and our list of TV series with audio description. Visit our Audio Description Project page at http://acb.org/adp to access our master list of audio-described entertainment.
BELL Academy will be free to all participants this year. NFB is providing all materials needed. They will be shipped to participants homes prior to their chosen session. Kids will still have time with a licensed TVI every day and they will meet with their peers via zoom. They will also have access to the Florida BELL team daily.
This link to register is below.
If you or any parents you share this information with have any questions please feel free to call Kimberly Banks at 404-259-2651.
Project InspireProject INSPIRE will offer two courses online this summer.
Pre-Kindergarten – 1st Grade Students: Nemeth Code within UEB Contexts and Strategies for Supporting the Student in Building Math Skills
An Introduction to Nemeth Code Symbols Used in Grades 2 to 5 and Strategies for Supporting Elementary Students in Building Math Skills
Check Project INSPIRE’s website for updates or follow on Facebook.
The Festival will take place virtually this year and will be held on September 25 & 26, 2020. So, mark your calendars and stay tuned for more information!
The volume of libraries, publishers, and education platforms opening their doors to students and educators is heartwarming, but can also feel overwhelming.
Where can educators find publisher books for students? Where can a parent find age-appropriate reading material for a child? Where can teachers and parents of students with learning differences like dyslexia or blindness find books in alternative formats? Here’s a handy list of book sources for students of all grades, levels, interests, and reading preferences.
Get $50 off a new Braille Label Maker with the code BLM50.
The 6dot Braille Label Maker is ergonomically designed to be portable and easy to use anywhere. It has a built-in Braille keyboard that supports all grades of Braille in virtually every language. The powered embossing makes for high quality Braille labels that are easy to read. The QWERTY keyboard enables non-Braillist to generate labels too! An automatic cutter provides effortlessly clean label cuts without the need for scissors.
Tired of Netflix? 14 World-Class Museums Offering Virtual Tours Right From Your Laptop
In the wake of the intensifying Covid-19 pandemic, many of the world’s most venerable art institutions have been forced to temporarily shut their doors. Thanks to the extensive Google Arts & Culture project, more than 2,500 spaces from around the world are accessible online.
Learning Tools, Local and Teacher Resources, Music, Arts, Media & Games,
As schools, restaurants, stores, entertainment venues and other public spaces close to prevent the spread of coronavirus, zoos and aquariums are no exception — but life still finds a way. To help relieve the stress, boredom and loneliness that come with self-isolation, zookeepers across the U.S. are live-streaming animals for people to enjoy from the comfort of their own homes.
Humanware's Buddy App is the perfect tool to learn, teach, and interface with Humanware’s products. Now available, on App Store, and will soon be available on Google Play Store. Take away the stress of learning something new: https://www.apple.com/ios/app-store/
Objective Ed is offering their distance learning tools available to all teachers and their students: www.objectiveed.com/distance
LoganTech is loaning out their ProxTalker for students with autism and severe behavioral issues: youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=B4eOa4EfEvc
Paths to Literacy: Using Google Classroom on the BrailleNote Touch Plus www.pathstoliteracy.org/technology/using-google-classroom-braillenote-touch
Accessibyte is offering free access to its full range of apps. They want ALL students to have a remote learning option. That can be tricky for students relying on assistive technology. It’s their hope this helps in situations where schools are closed or travel is difficult. https://www.accessibyte.com/
Dolphin is offering Supernova FREE for the next 90 days. If you know of visually impaired students who need to continue their school work online, please feel free to offer FREE student licenses of SuperNova for use at home. These will run for 3 months and may be extended if required. To sign up, please collect the parents’ name & email addresses, the school name/address and the student age or school year and send the info to this email: email@example.com
Audible.com is free for Kids As long as schools are closed. Kids everywhere can instantly stream an incredible collection of stories, including titles across six different languages, that will help them
continue dreaming, learning, and just being kids. All stories are free to stream on your desktop, laptop, phone or tablet. Explore the collection, select a title and start listening: https://stories.audible.com/?mi_u=amzn1.account.AF7GTDIIOGR5QXPNL6QINGDFKPKQ&mi_ecmp=486894200&mi_cmp=98ba55cbab885926&mi_sc=t_____
Freedom Scientific is allowing Educational institutions in the United States with up-to-date multi-user licenses of JAWS, ZoomText, or Fusion, a free short-term Home License. All students, faculty, and
staff with an active email address are entitled to receive free home annual licenses for their personally owned equipment. In addition, special licenses have been created to assist students and workers
who must remain home during the COVID-19 crisis. A free short-term Home Annual License of JAWS, ZoomText, or Fusion (expires June 30, 2020) is available to anyone with a personal email address in the
United States and Canada. These products require either a Microsoft Windows 10 or 7 operating system. Check to see if your license is eligible here: https://portal.freedomscientific.com/SponsoredSoftwarefbclid=IwAR2WLctJfEIQJZmYyBr_kLwR4snUQUhFsvENKJ3Sp0a2fd0IgGuQ8a99fUE
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