Technological innovation provides students with visual impairments new tools to support independent living. The significant rise in the sophistication and popularity of smartphones and tablets creates opportunities to enhance learning and increase access.

It is important for educators working with students with visual impairments to explore how new developments in software and devices can support the acquisition of critical skills.

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Building independence in students with visual impairments

The Expanded Core Curriculum (ECC) for students with visual impairments is designed to support the development of skills that a student might not be able to learn by visually observing others. Encompassing nine areas–assistive technology, career education, compensatory skills, independent living skills, orientation & mobility, recreation and leisure, self-determination, sensory efficiency, and social interaction skills–this curriculum is a critical part of the education of any student with a visual impairment.

About the Author:

Charles F. D. Warren is an Orientation & Mobility Specialist at The Carroll Center for the Blind in Newton, Massachusetts.


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