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Expanding possibilities for people with vision loss  

January 2012 • Volume 106 Number 1

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Application for reading DAISY books on smart phones

The Darwin Reader for Android, created by New Designs Unlimited, recently released a new product for reading DAISY books on smart phones that use the Android operating system. Android users who are blind and dyslexic can now use this application (app) to access DAISY digital Talking Books anywhere without having to carry along an additional single-purpose player. Darwin Reader for Android supports all varieties of DAISY digital Talking Books, including DAISY 2 and DAISY 3 text and audio formats, and the app is designed to easily transfer books from a computer to a phone. The app also directly integrates with Bookshare, a source of accessible books for people with print disabilities, to make finding new books simple for qualified Bookshare members. The Darwin Reader is available on the Android market for $3.95; a 30-day trial version is available, as well. For more information, contact: Darwin Reader, New Designs Unlimited; phone: 888-868-6159; web site: <www.darwinreader.com>.


Educational planning guide for students in inclusive settings

The third edition of Choosing Outcomes and Accommodations for Children (COACH): A Guide to Educational Planning for Students with Disabilities, by Michael F. Giangreco, Chigee J. Cloninger, and Virginia Salce Iverson, includes practical updates based on user feedback and a new streamlined format for easier use. Based on 25 years of field testing, COACH is the educational planning choice for students aged 3-21 in supported general education settings. Retaining the core elements of the previous editions, the revised edition organizes planning into a clear step-by-step process. This title is designed to provide professionals and families with an effective process to help them collaborate on individualized education programs that promote inclusive opportunities for students with a range of developmental disabilities. Education teams will discover how to implement a collaborative and family-centered approach to teamwork, explore the current and future status of valued life outcomes, identify appropriate curriculum areas to assess, rate and select high-priority learning outcomes to be targets of instruction, determine which aspects of the general education curriculum should be targets of instruction, choose the supports students need to reach their goals, develop meaningful annual goals and short-term objectives that reflect each student's individual priorities, and create a program-at-a-glance that keeps critical information handy throughout the school day.

COACH comes with the essential materials educators need to engage in collaborative educational planning, including ready-to-use, fillable forms and tools--now on CD-ROM--to help educators organize goals and objectives, determine their students' learning styles, schedule class activities, and plan and adapt instruction, evaluate the impact of instruction on student outcomes. The 232-page paperback book with CD-ROM is available for a cost of $44.95. For more information, contact: Customer Service Department, Brookes Publishing Co., P.O. Box 10624, Baltimore, MD 21285-0624; phone: 800-638-3775 or 410-337-9580; web site: <www.brookespublishing.com/store/books/giangreco-71875/index.htm>.

Guide on using assistive technology in the classroom

The second edition of Assistive Technology in the Classroom: Enhancing the School Experiences of Students with Disabilities, by Amy G. Dell, focuses on the use of assistive technology to increase the independence and participation of students with disabilities in classrooms by providing them with access to the curriculum. With an emphasis on both the relationship between assistive technology and learning and on how assistive technology can be integrated into the curriculum, this text assesses the school-related tasks that students with disabilities need to perform in order to be successful. Instead of approaching the central topic of assistive technology in the classroom through disability categories, this book recognizes that each child is unique and that there are multiple factors to examine before choosing technology tools for each student. Throughout the book, assistive technology tools are not discussed in isolation--the context for technology use is always the classroom, the teaching-learning process, and its impact on students with disabilities. The 384-page paperback book is available for a cost of $53.33. For more information, contact: Pearson Education, One Lake Street, Upper Saddle River, NJ 07458; phone: 800-922-0579 or 201-236-7000; web site: <www.pearsonhighered.com/product?ISBN=0131390406>.

Case studies on teaching students in inclusive settings

Strategies for Teaching Students with Disabilities in Inclusive Classrooms: A Case Method Approach, by Joseph R. Boyle and Mary C. Provost, offers information on teaching methods and case studies from inclusive education settings. Concept chapters are paired with case chapters to ensure readers understand core material and can apply it to real situations. The text is designed to inform readers about special education law and inclusion; teaching in the inclusive classroom; effective use of behavior management in inclusive classrooms; and effective techniques for teaching basic skills such as reading, writing, and mathematics. The 224-page paperback book is available for a cost of $34. For more information, contact: Pearson Education, One Lake Street, Upper Saddle River, NJ 07458; phone: 201-236-7000 or 800-922-0579; web site: <www.pearsonhighered.com/educator/product/Strategies-for-Teaching-Students-with-Disabilities-in-Inclusive-Classrooms-A-Case-Method-Approach/9780131837775.page>.

Book on coping with and treatments for age-related macular degeneration

Out of Sight, Not Out of Mind: Personal and Professional Perspectives on Age-Related Macular Degeneration is written by 93-year-old Lindy Bergman and edited by Jennifer E. Miller. In the first part of the book, Ms. Bergman illustrates the ways in which life with low vision can be lived with independence, dignity, and personal satisfaction. The foreword by Jonathan Safran Foer, the award-winning author best known for his books Everything is Illuminated and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, describes Ms. Bergman: "Rather than object to the unfairness of [her vision loss], or resign herself to a diminished existence, she has chosen to live." The second part of the book includes informative chapters written by experts from The Chicago Lighthouse for People Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired that encompass the latest information about the causes and treatment of age-related macular degeneration, concise and informative overviews of the effects of aging on vision, the emotional and psychological components of vision loss, the integration of the individual's psychological recovery into low vision service delivery, and a cutting-edge model of rehabilitation that meets the challenges of service provision today. The 224-page paperback book is also available in ASCII on CD-ROM and as an accessible online ePublication for a cost of $29.95. For more information, contact: AFB Press, 2 Penn Plaza, Suite 1102, New York, NY 10121; e-mail: <press@afb.net>; web site: <www.afb.org/store>.

Resource for people with macular degeneration

Available in April 2012, Macular Degeneration: A Patient's Guide to Treatment, by David S. Boyer and Tabandeh Homayoun, is intended to provide those diagnosed with macular degeneration the necessary information to make sound treatment choices. This reference aims to answer patients' questions and ease their anxiety by providing information on the symptoms, causes, and emotional impact of macular degeneration; how the disease is diagnosed; how to choose the right physician; and how to adapt the home and workplace for an individual with this condition. In addition, the title provides information on the newest treatment options, drugs and surgical techniques, ways to slow the progression of the disease, and the importance of nutrition and general fitness on eye health. Written by two doctors with decades of experience treating thousands of patients, it supplies essential facts while affirming that people living with the disease can still enjoy their lives. The paperback book is expected to be available for a cost of $19.95. For more information, contact: Addicus Books, Mail Order Department, P.O. Box 45327, Omaha, NE 68145; phone: 402-330-7493; e-mail: <info@addicusbooks.com>; web site: <www.addicusbooks.com/order.html>.

Introductory guide on behavioral optometry

Visual dysfunctions can limit children's concentration, self-esteem, and success in school as they struggle to understand fundamentals such as colors, letters, and how to judge distance. With the right help, these obstacles can be overcome, allowing children to reach their full potential and see the world clearly. How Behavioral Optometry Can Unlock Your Child's Potential: Identifying and Overcoming Blocks to Concentration, Self-Esteem and School Success with Vision Therapy, by Joel H. Warshowsky, explores how visual problems develop and how they can be reversed through effective and efficient visual therapy. It dispels myths surrounding visual dysfunction and explains in straightforward terms the various conditions that could be affecting a child's perception, even if they have perfect sight. This introductory guide to behavioral optometry provides information on the array of therapies, techniques, and aids available to retrain the brain to perform visual skills more effectively. The 160-page paperback book is available for a cost of $19.95. For more information, contact: Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 400 Market Street, Suite 400, Philadelphia, PA 19106; phone: 866-416-1078 or 215-922-1161; e-mail: <orders@jkp.com>; web site: <http://jkp.com/catalogue/book/9781849058810>.

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