Eyes on Our World: Enhancing Literacy Skills for Students with Low Vision
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Students with low vision who participate in inclusive programs in primary, secondary, or tertiary education can use optical devices for near and short-term distant tasks. Sustained use of these devices, however, can be physically difficult and tiring, especially for reading all the information on blackboards or whiteboards or displayed around the room. In many inclusive settings, a teacher aide or student peer supports these students by sitting beside them and copying, reading, or describing information. Although beneficial, this support can cause embarrassment and facilitate dependence. This paper describes development of a system that enables students with vision impairments to view easily text, people, or objects in a classroom. Software was designed for a personal computer, rotating web camera, and a joystick or mouse. Students at a desk can scan, zoom and focus on near or far information within a 7 metre radius. As writing and reading areas are accessed simultaneously through a split screen, students can record notes or complete written tasks while viewing text or images. They can interact immediately as the text or image is added and be less isolated from regular class activities. This technology has potential for the enhancement of literacy, social interaction and independence.
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