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Office Hours:

Please note office hours are intended to provide real-time technical assistance to educators, caregivers, parents, and students. Technical assistance is not legal advice. Specific questions concerning a student’s special education program or the laws relating to the provision of services in a child’s IEP (Individualized Educational Program) should be directed to ConsultLine at 800-879-2301.

Testing your system:

Participants are encouraged to test your computers/devices prior to the date of the web conference using, and to seek local assistance if you encounter difficulty.

Date/Time: Students may arrange appointments by contacting PaTTAN Educational Consultants. Please contact Jennifer Edgar at (, Doug Williams ( and Greg Lazur ( for appointments.

Email for Questions:  Jennifer Edgar at (, Doug Williams ( and Greg Lazur (

Pre-Recorded Trainings:

Accessible Media Inc. has a number of short videos (approximately 2 min.) on general life, kitchen and travel hacks/tips for individuals who are blind or visually impaired. Families may find these videos helpful in teaching their children everyday life skills. Below are video topics, with links,  found under the various search criteria.

Working Together to Support Students with Visual Impairments-The goal is to link students and families directly to volunteers in the field to ensure students can access their curriculum.  You may fill out the form asking what you need assistance with to be paired with a volunteer. 


Audible is providing free selected online book titles while schools are closed.

Bookshare provides access to thousands of books to students with print disabilities. Through the provided link individuals can sign-up for an account. However, we strongly encourage students  to first connect with their Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments to determine if they already have an account.

Getting Started with VoiceOver on the iPad  This Blog Post fro m the Perkins School for the Blind website explains the  basic skills to navigate VoiceOver on iPad

Paths to Literacy Homework Helpline Tues -Thurs, 3:30pm - 8pm EST, March 17- April 16, 2020 (*end date may be adjusted based on school closure developments)

  • Students submit a support request via email and receive a call-back during the designated NHH-BVI times. The hotline does not provide tutoring in non-Expanded Core Curriculum content areas. This new addition to Paths to LIteracy includes support in the following ways: navigating accessible websites with JAWS, nemeth and literary braille reading and writing, navigating tablet/laptop using JAWS and Over, Using refreshable braille display. 

VISTAS Education Partners - National Homework Hotline for Blind/Visually Impaired Students “is a free service for K-12 and college students in the United States who are experiencing school closures due to COVID-19 Areas of hotline help include, but are not limited to:

  • JAWS
  • Voice Over for macOS and iOS devices
  • Nemeth and literary braille
  • Cranmer abacus
  • Refreshable braille displays
  • Core Curriculum Subjects (Math, ELA, Science, Social Studies)”