Feedback from Students With Visual Impairments on the iPad

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In July, 2013, one of our wonderful teachers, Mr. Sakamoto, and his group of students spent time exploring accessible apps on the iPad. [A huge thank you to the Los Angeles Unified School District Assistive Technology Lending Library for allowing our students to check out iPads for this summer project] Each day, students would use either the ViA app (created by Braille Institute to help people with visual impairments learn about new accessible apps), or they’d use Safari on the iPad to go to and read reviews of apps by people with visual impairments. Once they read about an interesting, free app, they went to the App Store and downloaded it to their iPad. Students worked individually or with a partner to explore the app and test its accessibility with Zoom and/or VoiceOver. In addition, students who were braille readers used a bluetooth connected braille display to discover whether…

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