Technology Considerations for Students with Visual Impairments: Evaluation & Implementation

Ting Siu, Ph.D.
Concepts related to evaluating students' needs for technology will be presented to participants who work with students who are visually impaired. Based on this information and a case study, participants will bring their own case study and practice how to develop IEP goals and objectives that support technology implementation in mainstream and specialized classrooms.
Participants are advised to bring the following for optimal hands-on learning: (1) A personal computing device with the capability to work on a new document; (2) A case study in mind focused on a student who needs technology to work more independently and efficiently;
(3) An open mind!; (4) For extra learning: View the 1-hour Perkins eLearning webinar “Dueling Devices” (free) -
Credits: Act 48, ACVREP, ASHA, Psych
Audience: Teachers who work with students who are blind or visually impaired; Teachers who work with students who are Deaf-Blind; Assistive Technology Specialists; Parents, Guardians, Family Members

Speaker Bio: Ting is a Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments (TVI), and coordinator and assistant professor of the teacher preparation program in visual impairments at San Francisco State University. Her experience includes working with students of all ages with visual impairments and multiple disabilities including deafblindness. Ting began her teaching career as a paraprofessional in the Deafblind Program at the Perkins School for the Blind and later taught at the Jewish Guild for the Blind, NYC Department of Education, and currently in local Bay Area school districts. Ting’s research focuses on communities of practice to support TVIs' technology use. She also provides consulting support in the following areas: development of educational technologies for learners who are visually impaired, community education to design and deliver accessible instruction, and educator trainings to facilitate accessibility and technology integration in the classroom. (
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Ting Siu