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Improving Education for Individuals with Visual Impairments.

Summer Institue 2015 - Technology for Students with Visual Impairments and Multiple Disabilities


Northeast Regional Center for Vision Education

is pleased to present

Summer Institute 2015
for Massachusetts Special Educators

Background and Purpose

This institute will assist the participants to understand how technology can provide access to communication and to the curriculum for children who are visually impaired with multiple disabilities including deafblindness. Participants will explore a spectrum of assistive technology from simple technology to high tech and develop a framework to identify features to meet the educational needs of this population. Methods of using assistive technology to support curriculum will be explored and demonstrated through the creation of customized activities on the computer and iPad using multimedia authoring software and apps. Strategies for integrating assistive technology into the classroom will be discussed. 

The summer institute is free and awards 67.5 PDPs. Graduate credit (3) is available for $450.


Teachers of students with visual impairment, special education teachers, related service providers, and teachers of students with severe disabilities

Dates 2015

Summer On-Site Dates:

  • Saturday, July 25: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Sunday, July 26: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Monday, July 27: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Tuesday, July 28: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Fall Online Dates:

  • Module 5: September 1 - September 15 (4 hrs)
  • Module 6: September 16 - October 10 (4 hrs)

Fall On-site Date:

  • October 24th (8 hrs)


Wendy Buckley, M.Ed., Ed.S.

Wendy is an instructor in the Vision Studies Program at UMass Boston, teaching braille and assistive technology graduate courses online. She is a full-time assistive technology specialist in the Deafblind Program at Perkins School for the Blind and the 2013 recipient of the Principals of Schools for the Blind (POSB) national award, "Outstanding Teacher of Students who are Blind/Multiply Impaired."  She holds Massachusetts certification as a Teacher of Students with Intensive Special Needs and Teacher of Instructional Technology.


Perkins School for the Blind, Grousbeck Center for Students & Technology

Required Resources

PARTICIPANTS MUST HAVE ACCESS TO THE FOLLOWING TECHNOLOGY RESOURCES for all face-to-face sessions and the online modules.

  1. Apple iPad 2 or higher
  2. Computer with Windows 7 or higher, or Mac OS X
  3. Microsoft PowerPoint (2007 or higher) or Open Office software (free download)
  4. iPad apps:
    1. Explain Everything (MorrisCooke)
    2. Book Creator (Red Jumper Limited)
  5. Additional freeware/shareware software and free apps to be downloaded

Texts (provided to participants of the summer institute)

Hess, J.; Gutierrez, A.M.; Peters, J.; Cerreta, A. (2005). Family Information Guide to Assistive Technology. Washington, D.C.: Family Center on Technology and Disability.

Dell, A.G.; Newton, D.; Petroff, J. (2011). Assistive Technology in the Classroom: Enhancing the School Experiences of Students with Disabilities (2nd  ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.

Buckley, W. (2009). Digital Light Box Artwork, Supporting Language and Literacy. Louisville, KY: American Printing House for the Blind


Contact Wendy Buckley ( with any questions.

Registration for Technology for Students with VI and MD

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