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Blind/Visually Impaired

Special Education Are Students With 'Reading Barriers' Ready to Start the New School Year?
Benetech, which oversees a federally-funded initiative to provide accessible texts, says teachers are more likely to see their students as prepared if their technology needs are met.
Christina A. Samuels, September 19, 2018
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Special Education Education Department Settles Civil Rights Complaints Over Accessible Websites
Education entities in seven states and one territory were under investigation because of websites deemed inaccessible to people who are blind or visually impaired.
Christina A. Samuels, June 29, 2016
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Special Education Seattle Settles Lawsuit Over Ed-Tech Accessibility
The National Federation of the Blind, a co-plaintiff in the lawsuit, says the agreement to make the Seattle district's online materials accessible is a "model for the nation."
Christina A. Samuels, October 1, 2015
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Special Education Accessibility Concerns Delay $30M Amazon E-Book Contract in N.Y.C.
New York City schools postponed action on an Amazon contract for creating an online storefront where educators will buy e-books, after the National Federation of the Blind raised questions about it.
Michele Molnar, August 28, 2015
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Assessment National Federation of the Blind Settles Lawsuit Against PARCC
The common-core assessment consortium plans to work closely with the advocacy organization to create accessible field tests for blind students.
Christina A. Samuels, February 25, 2014
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Assessment National Federation of Blind Sues PARCC Over Field Test
Pilot tests being developed by one of two common-core testing consortia will not allow the use of Braille or text-to-speech technology.
Christina A. Samuels, January 28, 2014
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Special Education Teachers of the Blind to Get Common Core Support Through Gates Grant
A $250,000 grant will help the Perkins School for the Blind create resources tied to the math and English/language arts standards adopted in 46 states and the District of Columbia.
Christina A. Samuels, October 14, 2013
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Special Education School for Blind Expands Online Resources for Educators
The Perkins School for the Blind in Watertown, Mass., is positioning itself as a resource for regular classroom teachers as well as educators specifically trained in teaching blind students.
Christina A. Samuels, July 16, 2013
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Special Education Braille Instruction Receives Boost From Education Department
In a letter to schools, districts and states, the Education Department notes that special education law requires that blind and visually impaired students should be taught Braille unless an IEP team deems such instruction inappropriate.
Christina A. Samuels, June 19, 2013
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Special Education Advocates for the Blind Plan Protest of Amazon's Kindle
The National Federation of the Blind protests Amazon's "massive effort" to sell Kindle e-readers and books in schools because of inaccessibility for the visually impaired.
Nirvi Shah, December 7, 2012
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School & District Management Study: People Who Are Blind Can Learn to Process Visual Input
Researchers in Israel taught congenitally blind adults to use sensory substitution devices—non-invasive sensory aids that provide visual information—through the senses they do have.
Nirvi Shah, November 14, 2012
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Special Education 'Google' Ruling on Digitizing Books a Boon for Blind Readers
In the ruling, Judge Harold Baer specifically cited the benefits that digital content has for people with print disabilities. Meanwhile, Netflix agreed to provide closed captioning on 100 percent of its streaming content within two years.
Nirvi Shah, October 12, 2012
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Special Education Bookshare Plans to Make Graphics, Math in Books More Accessible
The California nonprofit just won a $32 million grant to expand its collection of audio books—which students can read along with on a computer—and work on the more difficult issue of translating pictures and graphics for students with visual impairments.
Nirvi Shah, August 20, 2012
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Assessment Oregon Braille Testing Prompted in Part by Complaint
The state's goal was to ultimately include all students in the online adaptive testing system. The complaint nudged the education department to get to that goal more quickly.
Nirvi Shah, June 7, 2012
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