Technology opens up a world of possibilities for a child who is blind. Her first Perkins Brailler puts her on the path to literacy. A talking calculator helps her grasp geometry. An iPad app allows her to monitor the temperature of a steak in the oven.
Assistive technology includes products, apps and websites that offer children and young adults who are blind opportunities to become more independent in the classroom, at home and out in the world. Parents and caregivers can familiarize themselves with the wide range of options available and choose the best ones for their child’s needs.
In this hour-long webinar with Jerry Berrier, a Perkins employee who is blind, you will learn:
About the importance of assistive technology and how it can help your child achieve success at home, in the classroom and beyond
What types of technologies are available for your child who is blind or visually impaired
When your child should be introduced to different technologies
Which products you can buy and modifications you can make to create a more accessible home
Jerry Berrier, Manager of iCanConnect for Massachusetts and Rhode Island
Jerry is the manager of the Massachusetts and Rhode Island National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program, commonly known as iCanConnect, at Perkins School for the Blind. Prior to coming to Perkins, he worked as a technology consultant, specializing in adaptive electronic equipment used by people who are deafblind, and at Verizon’s Center for Customers with Disabilities. He is the past president of the Bay State Council of the Blind, the Massachusetts affiliate of the American Council of the Blind and current president of VIBUG, a Boston-based group of technology users who are blind.