BLENNZ: Blind and Low Vision Education Network NZ

Te Kotuituinga Mātauranga Pura o Aotearoa

Exploring Assistive Technologies – BLENNZ Gisborne

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Student sitting at a desk reading on his iPad

Figure 1 – A BLENNZ learner reading a text on his iPad

Our centre inquiry for 2016 has been to research how our BLENNZ learners can be provided with appropriate Assistive Technology systems, which are well matched to their changing needs and abilities. Over the year our RTVs have participated in a range of Professonal Development opportunities, which have included workshops at the VRC, the BLENNZ “Expanding my Toolbox” course and attending an Immersion Course with a learner.

Student sitting in front of Braille Sense U2 and monitor

Figure 2 – A BLENNZ learner writing on her Braille Sense U2

This has enabled our RTVs to successfully trial and apply for appropriate AT for learners who are low vision or blind, using the SETT (Student, Environments, Tasks, and Tools) process. As part of this process we have supported our learners’ teams to ensure these learners are able to use their AT systems competently and successfully to access the curriculum and make progress in their learning.

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