Division on Visual Impairments


A quarterly newsletter from the Council for Exceptional Children's Division on Visual Impairments containing practitioner tips for Teachers of Students with Visual Impairments, Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialists, and other professionals.

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; Lorem Ipsum Dolor Spring 2016 2 The National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NSF, 2013) revealed that the number of scientists and engineers with disabilities since birth or identified at a young age (which would include many students with visual impairments) are few. The Exploring Computer Science (ECS) curriculum (http://www.exploringcs.org) 1 can provide opportunities for students with VI, as the project has already made notable progress in broadening participation in computer science. However, substantial barriers remain for students with VI who cannot fully access the software and curricular activities. In response, our NSF-funded Inclusive-ECS (I-ECS) project has enhanced several of the curriculum units to increase accessibility. Enhancements The ECS units include written text, pictures/icons, visual simulations and activities, and block-based programs to support learning. Our enhancements replaced or modified these supports. In some cases, we developed new technologies. Below, we provide examples of physical, tactile, auditory, and technological enhancements designed to eliminate 1 ECS curriculum development is funded by the National Science Foundation. 39

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