2014 Welcome Back PACKET
Accessible Instructional Materials – Information for School District Purchasers.
Accessible Font APHont -
APHont™ (pronounced Ay’-font), was developed by APH specifically for low vision readers. APHont embodies characteristics that have been shown to enhance reading speed, comprehension, and comfort for large print users.
The entire APHont Suite is available free-of-charge to qualified users for non-commercial purposes. The APHont Suite consists of Regular, Bold, Italic, and Italic Bold. You must certify use for or by a person with a visual impairment before downloading.
- have optimal access to the normal visual environment,
- have visual capabilities evaluated comprehensively and accurately through clinical low vision evaluations, and
- receive services from competent and qualified professionals.
- All students with low vision have a right to participate in a clinical low vision evaluation without cost inhibitors or geographical barriers.
- Clinical low vision evaluation is a necessary component of a student’s medical care and it does not replace existing medical services.
- Low vision services are a critical component of effective educational services to students with low vision.
- Students with low vision have individual needs, which may be met through a range of services, tools, and solutions.
Orientation & Mobility
- MN Resource Libraries
MN Resource Libraries is a statewide library providing information and resources to help families and educators meet the educational needs of Minnesota children and youth who have a hearing and or vision loss.
- MN Resource Libraries Online Catalog
MDE AT Loan Project
- Assistive Technology Loan Project – 8/14/14
Equipment available for checkout to teachers of the blind/visually impaired
Resources to support Teachers
- https://andreashead.wikispaces.com/YourTSVI – Assistive Technology for Teaching Visually Impaired and Blind Students
- http://www.yourtechvision.com/about – TechVision provides the knowledge and experience necessary to help the blind, visually impaired and anyone with a reading difficulty to succeed in life.
- MN Department of Education – Blind-Visually Impaired
- Table Innovations – Welcome to the Table Innovations, Inc. Web-Site. Here you will find a detailed presentation of all our products, their uses and for whom they were designed. We specialize in high quality products including: rotating craft tables, folding craft tables and ink pad storage shelves. Follow this link to view our complete line of quality products.
- RECC https://www.tsbvi.edu/REC2Web/
- Essential Assessments Rubric http://www.earubric.com/
- Paths to Literacy www.pathstoliteracy.org/
- Dr. Denise Robinson: http://www.yourtechvision.com/
State & Regional Contacts
Blind / Visually Impaired Specialist Minnesota Department of Education 1500 Hwy, 36 West, Roseville, MN 55113 (651) 582-8843 / fax (651) 582-8729
Region 10 Vision Network Members:
Mary Kautto – Austin Dag Riseng – GCED Gwen Howard – SMEC Sandy Gorham – HVED South Cluster Terri Kersting – HVED North Cluster Connie Telschow – MSAB Jeannie Worden – MSAB Mary Ann Honeycutt – Owatonna Rita Sanderson - Rochester Karl-Peter Hammer – ZED Below is a listing of the new numbers for the braille section. The main switchboard can be reached at Toll-free: 800-652-9000 Ph: (651) 539-2300 Manager: Donna Marhoun: 651-539-2307 Braille Techs: General line: 651-539-2315 Eileen Baker: 651-539-2303 Yvette Hennies: 651-539-2306 Sharon Obrestad: 651-539-2308 Braille Library Librarian, Vicky Roberts: 651-539-2310 Library Assistant, Pat Barrett: 651-539-2304 Transcribers Penny Carpenter: 651-539-2305 Valerie Snider-Wojack: 651-539-2314 Gail Stefanick: 651-539-2313 Proofreaders Allison O’Day: 651-539-2309 Judy Sanders: 651-539-2311 Bookbinder Jim Sarbacker: 651-539-2312