Area 8: Technology

This area of the framework recognises the importance of children and young people with vision impairment being provided the training and opportunity to be able to use technology and equipment with as much independence as possible. Some types of technology will require bespoke teaching and time delivered by a professional with specialist knowledge of that technology. It is important that children and young people have access to the most appropriate assistive technology for their needs at as early an age as is appropriate, and that this is facilitated within their day to day working (e.g. ensuring that the necessary infrastructure is in place and learning material is provided in a compatible format). 

For more information regarding this element of the framework, please download the Curriculum Framework for Children and Young People with Vision Impairment (CFVI) and accompanying guidance.

Examples of targeted intervention approaches

  • Educational Technology (EdTech) e.g. interactive whiteboards, screen sharing apps and software
  • Assistive Technology
    • Magnification and screen reading software, braille displays and notetakers, touch monitors
  • Mainstream technology
    • Adaptations to accessible mainstream technology, e.g. tablets, accessibility tools and general/universal settings on standard operating systems
  • Technology for accessing the curriculum and beyond
    • e.g. switches, computers, accessible scientific calculators for non-visual learners, accessible music composition software programmes
  • Technology for life
    • e.g. mobile phones, apps (including specialist apps such as colour recognition tools), GPS and navigation apps (including transportation apps), social media, speech input software
  • Access to E-learning, for example, virtual learning environments
  • Touch typing, including keyboard shortcuts
  • Understanding choice e.g. switches, computer programming
  • Keeping safe in a digital world

Use of resources in practice

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Educational Technology (EdTech)

Assistive Technology (AT)

Assistive technology general/ 'overview' of  resources
  • RNIB: Technology Resource Hub (External). RNIB website guide offering guidance covering: Phones, tablets and desktops, specialist access technology, Tech for Life, entertainment, TV and books. QTVIs, other professionals and parents.
  • Sense: Technology (External).  Sense website content which describes technology to support people with MSI. There are subsections on Computing, Entertainment, Everyday Life and Communication.
  • Perkins School for the Blind: Technology (External). US school providing a wide range of eLearning resources. This page includes technology curriculums and training resources to assist teachers to teach technology skills using various devices and software and to track a student’s progress as they develop technology skills.  QTVIs, other professionals.
Downloadable Resources
  • Amanda-Bayley-Sunter, QTVI: Progression Chart: Orbit Reader. A progression chart to track the development of skills in managing and operating an Orbit Reader.
  • RNIB: Assistive technology assessment for pupils with vision impairment. This RNIB guide has been updated (2023).  It gives information and advice to anybody involved in deciding what equipment to provide a young person in an educational setting to help them overcome the barriers caused by vision impairment. The range of equipment available is considered in broad terms. Relevant aspects of the context in which the equipment will be used are considered. The process of assessment including setting-up the equipment, training, technical support, evaluation and re-assessment are discussed.

Mainstream technology/Technology for Life

Downloadable Resources

Touch typing skills

  • Doorway On-line Accessible Software Text Type (External) Online free touch typing activities in English or Welsh designed for those with vision impairment and all learners. It includes accessibility options such as text to speech, the ability to change font size and background colour.
Downloadable Resources

Touch Typing Journal - Lancashire County Council

Keeping safe in a digital world

Funding for technology and equipment