It's amazing how early most children are developing their technology skills nowadays. Let's be honest, most of us know a child who can use smart devices like tablets or smartphones much more easily than we can ourselves.
But without a systematic approach to introducing these devices to kids with sight loss, many blind children are missing out. In our technology-driven world, that can greatly affect these children's futures.
That's why we created ABCs of IOS – A Voice Over Manual for Toddlers and Beyond, which is designed to help educators and parents introduce children who are blind to accessible i-devices like the iPhone and iPad.
But this resource does so much more than teach children about the features of i-devices. It also helps them build their listening skills, improve their fine motor skills, and better understand cardinal directions and concepts of orientation and mobility at an early age.
It also helps parents and educators learn how to:
- Encourage children with sight loss to explore and interact appropriately with an iPad
- Introduce and teach age-appropriate VoiceOver gestures, Bluetooth keyboard commands and refreshable braille display commands
- Incorporate teaching strategies that address the unique needs of children with sight loss
- Nurture young children with sight loss to become confident and independent with age-appropriate iPad skills
- Access age-appropriate accessible apps and activities for educational purposes
You can find the ABCs of IOS on our Shop CNIB website. Although it's listed for $19.95 for international customers, it's free to residents of Canada by calling 1-866-659-1843.