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Text-to-speech options might be worth exploring for the online stuff (and contacting WebCT too; it can't be the first time this has come up). 

I have been getting some very good response to my 30-day demo of Quillsoft's WordQ, which reads text and has pretty intelligent word prediction for writing (the former being potentially useful for sight impaired students).

Susan Jones
Academic Development Specialist
Academic Development Center
Parkland College
Champaign, IL  61821
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Hi Phyllis,

We too are just learning how to support students with vision
impairments, so I am interested in this question.

We use JAWS and Open Book (as well as Microsoft Active sync, which
allows communication with a Braille Notetaker) with our blind student.
For those who are legally blind, but have some vision, we have a
Zoomtext magnifier.  A full range of support software can be found at
Abilityhub.com/org

Be aware that while Word Documents are easily translated into Braille
and/or read by JAWS, graphics (including charts, graphs, etc.) scan as
images & tend to be unreadable.  Pdf's can also be problematic, so
forewarn student workers/ librarians who may be scanning closed reserve
documents for visually impaired students (VIS)about this. Re-formatting
is sometimes necessary.

We're still trying to figure out the best way to navigate in WebCT
(particularly the online class discussion feature.)

We found it helpful to give instructors, advisor, & student a shared
file for exchanging documents. 

Wright State (http://www.wright.edu/students/dis_services/) is known for
providing excellent services to students with disabilities and would be
a good resource.

From your comment about books on tape, I'm assuming you know about
Readings for the Blind & Dyslexic
(http://www.rfbd.org/rdigest_book_list.htm).  Publishers are also
required to provide texts in alternative format, but this does take
time, so you need to get the required text lists from instructors early
on.

Hope this helps!
Amy Spencer
Ohio Dominican University



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hello,
I hope some of my colleagues have some suggestions for me. We want to
provide the best services possible for a sight impaired student at our
tutoring center. We are staffed by peer tutors. We have a sight impaired
student who requires help completing her assignments - like documenting
a psych paper w/APA documentation - English papers w/MLA documentation -
& completing assignments in mathematics and spanish classes. The tutors
seem to do okay reading the student her spanish homework - since no
tapes of the books are available - but they are having a hard time
helping her complete the other assignments. We could use some guidance?
Does anyone know of any website  for the sight impaired college
students. Thank you  again for any support you can offer.

Phyllis Kremen, Academic Development Center Director
Raymond Hall West
Georgian Court University
900 Lakewood Avenue
Lakewood, NJ 08701-2697
732-987-2787
"Every day is another opportunity to better the accomplishments of the
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