This page features resources gathered by MDE-LIO staff that can be used by both families and school personnel during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please note that all products, services, and tips mentioned are for informational purposes only.

LIVE With LIO Webinar Resources

The following documents correspond with Blind/Visually Impaired LIVE With LIO webinars that were held in spring 2020. Many of the same resources can be found below this section, organized by topic.

COVID-19 Resources

  • The US Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) provides IDEAs That Work: Continuity of Learning During COVID-19, which includes information, tools, and resources to help educators, parents and families, and related service providers meet the educational, behavioral, and emotional needs of children and youth with disabilities through remote and virtual learning
  • The American Foundation for the Blind has gathered Accessible Education Resources during COVID-19 for parents, college students, and teachers

Assistive Technology

MDE-LIO Resources

Zoom Video Platform

Zoom Security

Google Platforms

Keyboard Shortcuts

Speech Access for Computers

Apps and Services

Creating Mind Maps

Other Technology Resources

Compensatory Skills

Unified English Braille (UEB) and Nemeth Code

Literacy

  • Bookshare is a free eBook library for students who qualify (must have verification from an approved professional)
  • Project Gutenberg offers more than 60,000 free eBooks in a variety of formats

Independent Living Skills

Tips for Uploading Daily Living Videos

Orientation and Mobility (O&M)

Teaching GPS Navigation

The resources below are provided by Leader Dogs for the Blind for teaching global positioning system (GPS) navigation to students:

Cortical Visual Impairment (CVI)

Transition

Preparing for Work

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Technology (STEM) Career Resources

Preparing for College

Family Resources

Fun and Games

  • Play games using the Zoom video conferencing platform with family and friends on the video conferencing platform; games could include Categories, Story Starter, 21 Questions, Catch Phrase, Yahtzee, Bingo, Trivia, Apples to Apples, Two Truths and a Lie, etc.
  • The Audio Description Project provides audio descriptions for TV show episodes and movies

Exercise and Movement

Online Educational Resources