Assistive Technology at Perkins School for the Blind for Education Week


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For Education Week’s ongoing coverage of the Common Core curriculum in American schools, I photographed assistive technology as it’s used by students at Perkins School for the Blind in Watertown, Massachusetts. The technology, primarily BrailleNote notetakers, was fascinating to see in person; the devices were basically laptops without visual screens, outputting email, websites, and text documents, instead on a quickly-changing line of braille characters along the bottom edge of the machines. Some of the students had a lot of experience using the machines, but others were just learning the ins and outs of file management and gmail navigation, for instance. The article is available online for subscribers.

You can see more images from the shoot at my archive: Assistive Technology at Perkins School for the Blind

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