Supports for Students
Please note office hours are intended to provide real-time technical assistance to educators, caregivers, parents, and students. Technical assistance is not legal advice. Specific questions concerning a student’s special education program or the laws relating to the provision of services in a child’s IEP (Individualized Educational Program) should be directed to ConsultLine at 800-879-2301
Testing your system:
Participants are encouraged to test your computers/devices prior to the date of the web conference using https://zoom.us/test, and to seek local assistance if you encounter difficulty.
Date/Time: Students may arrange appointments by contacting PaTTAN Educational Consultants. Please contact Jennifer Edgar at (email@example.com), Doug Williams (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Greg Lazur (email@example.com) for appointments.
Email for Questions: Jennifer Edgar at (firstname.lastname@example.org), Doug Williams (email@example.com) and Greg Lazur (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Accessible Media Inc. has a number of short videos (approximately 2 min.) on general life, kitchen and travel hacks/tips for individuals who are blind or visually impaired. Families may find these videos helpful in teaching their children everyday life skills. Below are video topics, with links, found under the various search criteria.
- AMI Blind “Life Hacks” includes short videos on How to Tie a Tie, Navigating without a cane, Cane Tips, Orientation and Mobility, Bathroom Tips, Makeup Application, Choosing a Guide Dog
AMI Blind “Kitchen Hacks” includes short videos on Setting up your Kitchen, Organizing your Kitchen, Using Bump Dots in your Kitchen, Kitchen Weight Scale, Kitchen Tips, Chopping Garlic, Basic Knife Use, Dicing an Onion
- AMI Getting There: Vacation and “Travel Tips” includes short videos on Packing for a Trip, Asking for Directions, Laura's Travel Tips
Working Together to Support Students with Visual Impairments-The goal is to link students and families directly to volunteers in the field to ensure students can access their curriculum. You may fill out the form asking what you need assistance with to be paired with a volunteer.
CVI Webinar: Identifying and Working with Children with CVI: What I Need to Know Session Dates:
Thursday March 26, 2020 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM, Wednesday April 08, 2020 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM This two-part training provides foundational information about children who have CVI, including those with deaf-blindness, looking at its causes, manifestations, and the issues that affect identification of children who have this condition. Students with CVI: The CVI Profile (
Wednesday April 08, 2020 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM) this training will look at the varied manifestations of CVI for children of all ages including those with additional disabilities with a coordinated approach that leads to individualized CVI Profiles.
Paths to Literacy Virtual Excel Academy
every weekday at 2 P.M (EST) The goal is to provide 1 hour of instruction a day on areas of the ECC through a web-based platform. These activities will run daily starting March 23rd
In this time of need, if you are looking for ways to provide virtual services or activities for your student or child who is visually impaired, please join us for the launch of nationwide programming. We hope to offer engaging lessons for students with a variety of abilities. We also hope to model ways that online learning could be used for services. We understand that children’s needs are unique and that lessons may not apply for all kids, but we are dedicated to working out a plan to provide as much as we can. A schedule will be coming out shortly with a list of instructors’ names and topics.
Audible is providing free selected online book titles while schools are closed.
Bookshare provides access to thousands of books to students with print disabilities. Through the provided link individuals can sign-up for an account. However, we strongly encourage students to first connect with their Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments to determine if they already have an account.
Getting Started with VoiceOver on the iPad This Blog Post fro m the Perkins School for the Blind website explains the basic skills to navigate VoiceOver on iPad
Paths to Literacy Homework Helpline Tues -Thurs, 3:30pm - 8pm EST, March 17- April 16, 2020 (*end date may be adjusted based on school closure developments)
Students submit a support request via email and receive a call-back during the designated NHH-BVI times. The hotline does not provide tutoring in non-Expanded Core Curriculum content areas. This new addition to Paths to LIteracy includes support in the following ways: navigating accessible websites with JAWS, nemeth and literary braille reading and writing, navigating tablet/laptop using JAWS and Over, Using refreshable braille display.
VISTAS Education Partners - National Homework Hotline for Blind/Visually Impaired Students “is a free service for K-12 and college students in the United States who are experiencing school closures due to COVID-19 Areas of hotline help include, but are not limited to: