New Technology Helps Specialists Teach Blind Students

By: Elizabeth Lamb Email
By: Elizabeth Lamb Email

STAUNTON, Va. -- Staunton City Schools are using technology to help blind students in the classroom. Specialists are using iPad apps to help the district's blind students learn.

App users can make font size bigger for low-vision blind students. School leaders also replaced braille textbooks with ebooks and that has saved the district money and helping students read.

We spoke with a specialist who said the apps have revolutionized teaching blind students.

“The apps, because of the huge array of them, there are apps to meet every student's needs and every need that I have, depending on what I need to accomplish with the student or what I need to give access to, there's an app out there for me. It has been great,” said Alison Shaner, a teacher for the blind and visually impaired.

Shaner helps seven students at Staunton City Schools, primarily at Shelbourne Middle School.

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