By Ahmat Djouma
For some, school has already started, while other students are gearing up for the upcoming academic year. In either case – and whether school is in person or virtual – some resources we have found can be helpful in preparing for classes, studying, completing assignments and the myriad details needing attention as the school year unfolds.
Getting and Staying Organized: The best way to ensure a good start to the school year is to have everything organized. This is especially true for college students. When you are organized, everything can go smoothly as you begin the semester. If you tend to be a procrastinator, tips on how to become and stay organized will really help you to complete your assignments on time. Watch the demo on how to stay organized from Perkins School for the Blind eLearning at Paths to Technology.
Stock Up on Supplies:
One source, Adaptations Online from the LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired in San Francisco, offers a variety of products and technology, including labelers, canes and cane tips, calendars and planners, some of which are on sale through the end of August. Check them out at Adaptations.
The Carroll Store, located online (as well as on the campus of The Carroll School for the Blind in Massachusetts), specializes in products for people who are blind or have low vision. They have a wide selection of products for daily living, including several that can be helpful during the school year, such as clocks, organizer wallets, lighting and technology. These and other items – some of which are also on clearance sales – can be checked out on line at The Carroll Store.
Finally, Bookshare has some great resources for obtaining textbooks, finding ways to read them and links to other book sources. Check out their offerings, as Bookshare states, to “Harness the excitement and energy to return to in-person learning.”