IPads Are Changing the Way Blind Students Learn

NEW YORK -- IPads are not only making life easier for millions of Americans, teachers at a New York school for the blind say they're revolutionzing the way their students learn and interact in a digital world.   

At one of the oldest schools for the blind in the U.S., nearly 300 students are learning to see the world in a whole new way.
Each one has their own iPad, even though almost all of them are visually impaired.  And some, like Jessica Karim, have no vision at all.
           
"Technology is changing all around us, and it's kinda great to be a part of that," Jessica says.

She's an 11th grader at the New York Institute For Special Education, where Dr. Bernadette Kappan showed us how students have traded in these old, clunky brail writers, for tablets that can do much more. 

"It's an opportunity to be more literate and have material at the same time as their sighted peers. //you can have screen enlargement, voice over for the totally blind," Kappan explains.

Jessica navigates her's with ease using a Bluetooth-enabled braille writer.
"Probably the best thing, as far as teenagers go, is that you get to do your homework on the bus."

Tenth grader Kevin Figueroa is legally blind in one eye - and can only see shadows and light with the other. But his lifelong dream is to make movies. 

And with his tablet, his dream is quickly coming into focus.  "I love it.I try and get every opportunity i can to go outside and shoot something."
           
Teachers and students here say thanks to this small gadget, the possibilities are now endless. 


(Kenneth Craig, CBS News)

 


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