I-Infinite Possibilities: How to Design Tactile Overlays for the iPad

Live Broadcast Date: Thursday, May 18, 2017 3:30 - 5:00 PM Eastern Time Zone

Webinar Type: Archive
Webinar Code: AT17-WEB11-AR
Webinar Fee: $49

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The iPad has become a popular tool for students who are blind or who have low vision. However, few people realize the true potential of its use for these students. Tactile overlays incorporated with new features in iOS 9 can be a game changer for these students. This webinar will describe the best practices in making overlays including specific apps and their features, tools and materials, appropriate activities for the expanded core curriculum, new game changing features in iOS 9, and designing tactile electronic books. A plethora of examples will be shown.

Learning Objectives

  1. Participants will identify three specific features of applications that enable them to be appropriate for making tactile overlays.
  2. Participants will identify five basic tools that can be useful in making tactile overlays.
  3. Participants will provide 4 examples of activities using tactile overlays for various areas of the expanded core curriculum.


Betsy Flener

Assistive Technology and Low Vision Education Specialist
Green River Regional Educational Cooperative
Dr. Betsy Flener completed her doctorate in 1992 from Vanderbilt University with a major in special education with emphasis on visual and multiple disabilities. She has over 30 years experience in the field of visual impairments. She is a national speaker and has presented on various topics including literacy and multiple disabilities, technology, the iPad, Septo-Optic Dysplasia, Response to Intervention, and Designing Systems of Communication for Students with Multiple Disabilities. She was a regional consultant for the Kentucky School for the Blind and now is an Assistive Technology and Low Vision Education Specialist for the Green River Regional Educational Cooperative. She recently co-authored The Tactile Talk Toolkit which is the first tactile symbol system with voice output for the iPad. In March, she received the National Braille Press's Louis Braille Touch of Genius Competition for Innovation.
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Vision and Hearing Technologies

Target Audience

Accessibility Professionals, AT Professionals, Educators, Family Members, OTs, SLPs

Experience Level


Content Area

Basic Communication Process Area

Continuing Education Credits

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Number of hours: 1.5
Number of IACET CEUs: 0.2

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