ADE Director's Communication Memo Form

Memo Number : LS-07-082

Date Created : 01/18/2007


Co-op Directors
other: All Principals
LEA Supervisors
Special Ed Teachers
Vision Consultants/Teachers
Related Services Staff

Type of Memo: Informational
Response Required: Optional
Section:   Learning Services - Dr. Laura Bednar, Assistant Commissioner
Assistive Technology Hardware/Software for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Regulatory Authority:
20 U.S.C.A. Sec. 1400 et seq. (IDEA)

Contact Person:
Dave Wilkinson, Low Vision Consultant, Arkansas Easter Seals

Phone Number:


The Easter Seals Arkansas Technology and Curriculum Access Center, in collaboration with the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE), will be offering professional development on topics of Assistive Technology Hardware and Software for the blind and visually impaired during the Spring semester of the 2006-2007 school year. These workshops are intended for special education teachers, vision teachers, related services providers, paraprofessionals, and administrators. These workshops are designed to assist staff in learning some of the basics in working with blind and visually impaired students with Scanning/reading software (Kurzweil 1000), the Mountbatten Brailler, DAISY books and other digital books, an alternative screen reader to JAWS (FreedomBox), GPS systems (BrailleNote, Trekker and PAC Mate), and an accessible personal digital assistant (BrailleNote).

The format for each workshop is hands-on application based, cooperative learning, and some demonstration. Demonstration versions of software will be provided to those in attendance when possible. Seating is limited. There is a $50 per person fee. All workshops will be conducted at the Outpatient Building, Easter Seals Arkansas, 3920 Woodland Heights Road, Little Rock, AR 72212.

For further information, contact Dave Wilkinson, Low Vision Consultant with the Technology & Curriculum Access Center (TCC) at Easter Seals Arkansas by phone 501-227-3611, fax: 501-227-3601, toll-free: 877-533-3600 or e-mail, Registration materials are available on-line at or in the attachment.


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