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Rich Resources: Audio & Braille


Math games and manipulatives for vision differences support math development for learners with visual needs. Hands-on experiences, such as puzzles, shapes, and objects, and audio supports, such as math talk recordings, support the development of Spatial Skills and Number Sense not just for learners with visual needs, but for all learners.

Use It in the Classroom

Watch how the New York Institute for Special Education uses iPads for learners with visual differences. Enlargements, voice overs, and a bluetooth-enabled braille writer allow for full access to the material.

  • To foster deep understanding of Geometric Reasoning, teachers can provide manipulatives for students to demonstrate their understanding of geometry concepts. They can also demonstrate number relations with different groupings of manipulatives and model Operations with concrete objects.
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    Learn how interactive whiteboards and video that is distributed to individual devices can support math learning for learners with visual differences. Through these technologies, students get personal and immediate access to the math content that they can look at closely and/or review on their own.

  • Products can support varying visual needs by verbally describing mathematical concepts and problems. This type of audio support is especially important for word problems. Additionally, products can provide the option of writing or reading numbers in braille. Tactile graphics, such as raised coordinate planes for Statistical Reasoning, can be used when audio or braille descriptions are too unwieldy.
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