Assistive Technology Services for Children

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Children with vision impairments can greatly benefit from low vision products, assistive technology and techniques to access school materials, the blackboard, and computers. However, finding the best solutions require an assessment by trained professionals and access to a wide variety of equipment.

Assistive Technology Assessment

During an Assistive Technology Assessment, our expert staff will work with your child to expose them to a variety of both high- and low-tech solutions for accessing a computer, printed material, and viewing a blackboard or other classroom materials for the demands of the school or home environment.

Assessments are conducted by Robert McGillivray, Certified Low Vision Therapist (CLVT) and Eileen Curran, Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments (TVI) and Assistive Technology Specialist in Visual Impairment. Together, the team brings over 75 years of experience to the evaluation process. Assessments are conducted at the Carroll Center or at the school site. Solutions considered may include: low vision magnifiers or software, speech output, digital audio recorders, scanners, Braille printers, talking books, personal digital assistants (PDAs), and other related technology.

About Bob McGillivray

As a CLVT, Bob focuses his time with the student on evaluating the effectiveness of low vision devices, techniques and technologies in supporting student needs, while also looking at the visual efficiency of the student while trialing various/differing devices. In the clinical setting at the Carroll Center, Bob is able to evaluate the student and demonstrate a multitude of devices and technologies he has on hand. When a student or family is interested in a specific device that is not regularly kept in the clinic, Bob is often able to borrow specific devices for trial during the assessment.

About Eileen Curran

As a TVI and technology specialist, Eileen views the student through a holistic lens, evaluating how the student currently accesses board work in the classroom, completes assignments, and finishes homework, while also considering student’s strengths and needs. Eileen’s focus includes finding a best match between technology that is already available to maximize student success with current equipment, as well as looking for the most appropriate devices and applications for each individual’s needs. Additionally, she considers mainstream devices that serve multiple uses for multiple users. As a TVI, Eileen also integrates the potential use of non-visual access to curriculum, which students often need to utilize in high school and upper education to keep pace with their peers.

Assessments are completed at the Carroll Center for the Blind, in our Low Vision and Technology Clinics and take approximately four (4) hours. Special requests and on-site assessment are possible. To schedule an assessment please contact Maureen Foley for an application at (617) 969-6200.

Assistive Technology Instruction

Once your child has the right devices, our expert instruction and extensive knowledge can get them up and running in no time. Our staff are available to provide individualized instruction to your child to develop the skills to independently use their devices and apply them successfully to meet the demands of school.