The iPad is a multi tool that is low cost and user friendly. With its accessibility features, accessories, various applications (apps) and the ability to adapt, it can serve various purposes for the student who has complex needs. This presentation will provide information on using the iPad with various students who have visual and complex needs. Examples will be provided included using audio scanning, tactile symbol overlays, single and multi-messaging, use of routines, and emerging/early literacy skills. Important new accessibility features in IOS 9 for students with multiple disabilities will be presented, along with various applications, important accessories, and tactile adaptations.
- Participants will identify three ways in which the iPad can be used for augmentative alternative communication for students with visual and complex needs.
- Participants will identify three applications that can be used to facilitate in the instruction of routines for students with complex needs.
- Participants will identify three applications including adaptations that can be used for emergent/early literacy skills for students with complex needs.
Betsy Flener, Assistive Technology and Low Vision Education Specialist, Green River Regional Educational Cooperative
Dr. Betsy Flener completed her doctorate in 1992 from Vanderbilt University with a major in special education with emphasis on visual and multiple disabilities. She has over 30 years experience in the field of visual impairments. She is a national speaker and has presented on various topics including literacy and multiple disabilities, technology, the iPad, Septo-Optic Dysplasia, Response to Intervention, and Designing Systems of Communication for Students with Multiple Disabilities. She was a regional consultant for the Kentucky School for the Blind and now is an Assistive Technology and Low Vision Education Specialist for the Green River Regional Educational Cooperative. She recently co-authored The Tactile Talk Toolkit which is the first tactile symbol system with voice output for the iPad. In March, she received the National Braille Press's Louis Braille Touch of Genius Competition for Innovation.