• The Western Pennsylvania School for Blind Children and LittleMy Talking Picture Board homescreen  Bear Sees are proud to announce their first collaborative iPad application for individuals with cortical visual impairment (CVI). Available on iTunes, “My Talking Picture Board” is an innovative learning tool that allows users to create personalized two-dimensional object identification exercises using their own recognizable photos and voice.

    More than 65% of the School for Blind Children students evidence CVI, a visual diagnosis caused by brain abnormalities and not deficiencies of the eye.  With proper intervention and training, students with CVI can actually improve their visual functioning and increase likelihood of educational success.

    Seeing two-dimensional images can be particularly difficult for students with CVI. The app offers an engaging, customized experience focused on improving this skill. Arrange uploaded images on the play screen and then encourage the user to reach and touch a particular object. When touched, the object will activate the reward set (either an audio recording, movement or both). Tailor the experience further by selecting background images of varying levels of complexity to make the task more or less challenging.

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    Download the app at the iTunes store or by clicking on this link: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/my-talking-picture-board/id586535395?mt=8
    If you have questions about “My Talking Picture Board,” contact Beth Ramella, Director of Outreach, at 412-621-0100 or email: ramellab@wpsbc.org