Multimedia Accessibility in the Digital Classroom: Strategies for Students with Visual Impairments

Expand your knowledge of current tools to access multimedia content, along with ways to integrate technology into a student’s workflow in the classroom.

This course will educate stakeholders on up and coming forms of digital instructional materials, tools to access multimedia, and how to integrate technology into a student’s workflow in the classroom. Access to an iPad throughout the course is strongly recommended; several activities will require an iPad for optimal learning.

Classrooms are becoming increasingly technology-driven and full of multimedia instructional materials. As digital instructional materials become more prevalent, the learning environment must be designed accessibly and students with visual impairments need skills to access all forms of information.

Mainstream technologies offer many opportunities for students who are blind or visually impaired, but only when well integrated with specialized access according to classroom demands. For new and seasoned TVIs, critical thinking skills are necessary to assess challenges in the classroom, evaluate student needs, and implement appropriate solutions. ACVREP has approved this course for Certified Assistive Technology Instructional Specialists for People with Visual Impairments (CATIS).

Course Objectives

Participants will learn how to:

  • Use mainstream and specialized technology to access a variety of digital media in the classroom, including text, images, and video.
  • Evaluate and advocate for accessible mainstream media.
  • Support literacy with technology.
  • Implement technology into students’ daily learning tasks.
  • Find and utilize resources to maintain and update skills.

Required Textbook

Presley, I., Siu. T (2019)  Access Technology for Blind and Low Vision Technology. APH Press.Available in electronic and print versions through the publisher. Other materials will be provided within the course.

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Meet the Presenters

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Jonathan Hooper
Teacher of the Visually Impaired
Jonathan Hooper is a TVI who has worked with the New York City Department of Education’s Educational Vision Services for seven years. Previously he was a mathematics teacher at the Tennessee School for the Blind and a reading and literacy middle school teacher. He holds a Master’s degree from Vanderbilt University, and his graduate research has been published in the Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness. Jonathan currently teaches the Braille course in the TVI program at Hunter College in New York, and in 2020 was named Teacher of the Year by the Braille Institute. He has extensive experience working with students with cortical visual impairment, and he serves as a DeafBlind Advisor of NY and a board member of the NYSAER.
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Yue-Ting Siu, Ph.D.
Ting is a Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments (TVI) with 14 years of experience working with students with visual impairments, severe/multiple disabilities, and deafblindness. She was formerly a program aide in the Deafblind Program at the Perkins School for the Blind, followed by a preschool for the deaf. After receiving her master’s degree and credentials in severe/multiple disabilities and visual impairments at the University of Arizona, Ting taught in NYC as an early intervention provider, itinerant TVI, and assistive technology trainer. Currently, she maintains a part-time TVI caseload in Bay area public school districts and lectures in the TVI and O&M programs at San Francisco State University. Ting's research includes: Assistive technology development and implementation, teacher preparation and professional development, digital inclusion, and multimedia accessibility. She also provides research and consulting support to bridge technology development and teachers' adoption of tools for the classroom. (

Jonathan Hooper has been paid by Perkins to be the instructor for this class.

June 17, 2024 - August 11, 2024
Multiple weeks
3 Graduate
40 Continuing Education
40 Professional Development
$450 - Early Bird Price
$475 - Regular Price