OAS Access Technology & STEM

As part of an initiative to expand statewide services from WSSB Outreach, we’re excited to share the start of an all-new support system for access technology needs across the state. There are many plans as we move forward, including expanding assistance options to include in-person and virtual formats, enhanced assessment offerings, professional development, and the exciting addition of STEM support. Keep an eye on us to see how we grow!

One change you'll notice immediately is that tech support will feature three AT professionals: Krista Bulger, Lee Chandler, and Joe Dlugo. We hope to connect with you quickly and work towards delivering an accessible educational experience for your students. 

*Looking for Bruce McClanahan’s resources? Visit our Statewide Technology Legacy Content page.   


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A girl with low vision closely examines elements of a 3-dimensional activity involving straws and connectors. A teacher is assisting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

STEM

We’re making a big step towards empowering students with blindness and low vision to pursue interests in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. We’ll be providing various professional development opportunities and appearing at events statewide.


AI

The era of generative artificial intelligence is beginning to have profound effects worldwide, and the field of educating students with blindness and low vision is no exception. AI brings extraordinary prospects for accessibility, customization, and streamlining workflows. There are also array of challenges to navigate. We’re building a library of resources to help teachers and students navigate these swiftly-evolving times.

Casting new light: AI’s transformative role in teaching students with blindness and low vision | A presentation by Joe Dlugo

Video of SETC presentation: Casting New Light: AI’s Tranformative Role in Teaching Students with Blindness and Low Vision, 11/8/23

AI for O&M (slides) | A presentation by Joe Dlugo


Professional Development

Join us at upcoming events. Earn clock hours and ACVREP credit

February 12th, 2024

iOS 17—Navigating new accessibility features for users with blindness or low vision (SETC webinar)

Apple launched its iOS/iPadOS 17 last fall, marking one of the most significant steps forward in iOS accessibility over the last decade. Several new features in this update are particularly impactful for students with blindness or low vision. Join the Washington State School for the Blind Outreach AT Team for this informative webinar to explore these features and ways you can integrate them into your educational practices today.

Register for this webinar