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Blind Homeschoolers

Advice and resources for educating your vision impaired or blind child at home.

Accessibility Technology
Instruction Tips
Social Networks
Resources for Curriculum

Accessibility Technology

Macsome Audiobook Converter
Mac Shareware $34.95. Convert purchased audio books to MP3 or AAC to play anywhere. The conversion is 5X speed fast, and output could be CD Quality. It’s also an .aa converter, audio book to MP3 converter. Company also has other audio software that could prove useful.

National Federation for the Blind – Products and Technology
The NFB’s products and technology programs provide tools of independence for the blind and serve as models of consumer leadership in designing and implementing innovative services. Check their technology resource list.

Learning Ally
Educational titles available in every subject area and grade level from kindergarten through graduate studies, RFB&D’s digitally recorded textbooks are effective learning tools for students challenged by the printed page. See their Facebook page for additional tips.

Free with Mac computers. OS X, better than ever. While most text-to-speech systems analyze and synthesize text one sentence at a time, OS X analyzes text a paragraph at a time to decipher the context of words more accurately. This helps Alex more closely match the nuances of how people really talk. He sounds so natural, he even pauses for a breath between long passages. Also available for iOS on iPhones. Hadley has a series of  YouTube videos for using iDevices with the blind.

Instruction Tips

A Blind Child's Pathway to Learning: Developing Cognition without Sight

A Blind Child’s Pathway to Learning: Developing Cognition without Sight
by Dr. William Cavitt
Our purpose is to translate the knowledge provided by these professionals into ideas and concepts that can be readily understood and applied by parents, teachers, and other caregivers of blind children. Throughout the book, we will be dealing with highly specialized concepts and theories of education, psychology, and human development. We have done our best to translate the professional and academic jargon into what most people would call “simple English.” Throughout the text, we have provided our definitions of key terms as we have come to understand and apply those terms. We recognize that others may have different interpretations for the same terms, and we do not dispute that their definitions serve their particular purposes.”
Kindle Edition

Art Ideas
Loads of craft projects, described in text only, that can be accomplished by visually impaired children.

Assessment and Instructional Resources
Listing of assessment tools used and recommended by teachers of the visually impaired to evaluate their students’ skills.

Homeschooling a Blind Child
Pinterest board with resources and inspiration for families who homeschool kids who are blind or visually impaired.

Social Networks

Blind Homeschoolers
This group was created for families who are homeschooling blind children or blind families homeschooling sighted children.

This is for families who are homeschooling/parenting a blind child. Teachers of the Visually Impaired who would like to share tips and suggestions are also welcome.

This is a list where parents of blind or visually impaired children can discuss topics related to raising their children, dealing with concerns about the educational system, public attitudes about blindness, etc.

Homeschooling And Vision Therapy
We are group of homeschooling families who have children in vision therapy! We are here to share stories, ideas and curriculum and support each other on this journey!

Resources for Curriculum

American Printing House for the Blind
Large print textbooks. Custom order large print curriculum. iPad accessibility products to turn your iPad into visual braillewriter. Free books for young readers.

The Best Braille Children’s Book Resources on the Internet
You may be thinking that this is a real road block, that your child won’t have the same access to books as her sighted peers will. Well, maybe not, but there is a world of braille books out there just waiting to be discovered by your young reader.

A nonprofit online library of over 68,000 digital books. Through an award from the Office of Special Education programs, we provide free membership and access to this collection to U.S. students, including homeschoolers, with qualified print disabilities.

Braille Institute
Once your application is processed, a Reader Advisor will be there to help you select titles of interest to you, assist you in choosing the right playback machine and guide you in using Library Services. Your loaned playback machine should arrive approximately a month after your initial book order. You may keep the equipment as long as needed, provided you borrow reading materials from us regularly.

Described and Captioned Media Program
We offer free-loan described educational media for the benefit of students who are blind or visually impaired. No fees apply, and all postage is prepaid. Funded by the U.S. Department of Education.

Hadley School for the Blind
Accredited program that offers over 90 distance education courses to eligible students completely free of charge.

Playtime is Science for Children with Disabilities
A curriculum that aims to increase the ability of teachers, staff and parents to motivate and empower students with disabilities in grades K – 4 to develop science skills, build on their strengths, and develop confidence and skills in science.

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