The Moore American

Local News

May 6, 2014

iPads help out visually impaired students

MOORE — For Southmoore junior Katie Loman, who has a visual disability, a 1.45 pound iPad not only customizes print size, it liberates her from juggling more than 60 pounds of text books.

Students with visual impairments generally use three large print books for each standard print book. Braille students use seven to 10 volumes.

Loman, 17, has an iPad on loan from the Accessible Instructional Material Center at the Oklahoma Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped.

She has the developmental reading disorder dyslexia and Graves’ disease, an autoimmune condition that affects the thyroid and can inflame and swell eye tissue.

“I take pictures of everything, notes on the board, anything I can’t see well like a test …and blow it up so I can see it better and not have to strain so much,” Loman said. “On a lot of math tests, I used to need somebody watching to make sure I was putting them (the answers) in the right order, but now I’m able to double-check … and say, ‘OK, I’ve got it.’”

The Library for the Blind, a Visual Services program at the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services, currently has 29 iPads available to loan through their AIM Center. Even with donations this year of 10 iPads from the non-profit organization Oklahomans for Special Library Services, more than 760 legally blind students who could benefit are waiting for iPads. 

“There is a huge, huge waiting list and so many kids that need them and want them,” AIM Center Director Pepper Watson said. “Using an iPad for classwork sets blind students apart in a good way, unlike older disability-specific technology that made them look and feel so different from other students.”

The benefits of textbooks on iPads include the ability to vary features to accommodate students’ individual visual needs.

“I can customize everything, even the color, which is good for me because I have it color coded to help me with certain words,” Loman said. “If I’m using my math book, I’ll make it smaller so I can see the full equation. When I’m reading a book, I’ll have it on 50 (points).”

Text Only
Local News
  • Heathplex Healthplex, EMSStat recognized

    Norman Regional Health System’s Healthplex and EMSStat teams were recognized Thursday by the American Heart Association, receiving a Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • DHS opens lecture series

    People leaving incarceration face a variety of challenges even without a diagnosis of mental illness. But for those who face mental

    July 23, 2014

  • ‘Magic Kids’ get royal treatment

    A Moore elementary student is among three metro children honored by Oklahoma City radio station, KMGL-FM, as “Magic Kids” for their outstanding contributions to their families, schools and local communities.

    July 23, 2014

  • Toothpick holders’ convention coming

    Lynne Ryan has been collecting toothpick holders her entire life. “My parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.L. ‘Bud’ Gibbs started our collectio

    July 23, 2014

  • Gang member charged in shooting

    An Oklahoma City man police identified as a gang member was charged with assault and battery with a deadly weapon Thursday after sh

    July 23, 2014

  • Angels protect us

    A co-worker unpacked a box of copy machine paper from a cardboard box and got a nasty paper cut. Because the source was cardboard, it was deeper than most and the bleeding was difficult to stop.

    July 23, 2014

  • Southmoore student wins gold at National FCCLA

    More than 7,000 Family, Career and Community Leaders of America members, advisers, alumni, and guests from across the country recen

    July 23, 2014

  • Sculpture brings tornado-torn community back together

    After the May 20 tornado tore through Moore in 2013, hundreds of families were left to pick up the pieces. And it was in these old, shattered pieces of people’s homes and scattered debris that two local artists found something new.

    July 22, 2014

  • Panel explains forced labor system

    Many topics were discussed over the course of three days during the 2014 Oklahoma Judicial Conference, but one of the newest issues

    July 22, 2014

  • Moore shut out of prevention aid

    As a massive tornado bore down on Moore on the afternoon of May 20, 2013, residents scrambled to find shelter. Some retreated to safe rooms at home or in buildings. Many hid in closets, bathrooms or hallways.

    July 22, 2014

Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide