My daughter is a visually impaired high school student entering 11th grade next year. She is legally blind (20 X300 , 20X800) and uses 2 ipads (for split/dual screen purposes), & CCTV exclusively in school. Since Kindergarten, she has had a personal aide that has enlarged all her papers/books, etc. to font size 24. She relies heavily on the touchscreen zoom capability on her ipad. We are currently working to phase out her aide as she can't have someone enlarging papers once she's off to college. We have her CSE meeting with the school this week where they are going to recommend the technology for her for next year. One of the things they are pushing is a laptop with Zoomtext but my daughter has never been properly trained in zoomtext so is quick to dismiss the laptop. We believe she needs a laptop or the Mac equivalent to be successful in college in conjunction with her ipad. Are we correct to think this way? Given that she is already so comfortable with her iphone and ipad, perhaps a macbook makes more sense? I don't know if she can utilize the touchscreen zoom feature on a macbook and I realize losing this "feature" may be something she needs to be more open minded about.
Would really love to know anyone's thoughts on the best technology to use in college when you have some vision but rely heavily on zoom features. She can't see the board so everything being done on the smartboard/chalkboard is transmitted to her ipad or viewable through the CCTV camera.
Trying to find resources that can help us make good technology decisions for her moving forward. If anyone knows of resources that could help guide us, please let me know. We have a great support system in our school and through our state's commission for the blind but it seems like there aren't many VI kids in our local system that are high honors and college bound. Thank you!!