Welcome to LightAide.org
LightAide, a vibrant new teaching tool for people with low vision and cognitive disabilities, displays colorful, engaging LED light sequences. Its dynamic scope of fun activities range from turn-taking, color identification, and basic math to complex literacy practice, providing a bright, enriching experience for learners of all ages.
Create an account to see additional activities available on LightAide. LightAide is intended to grow with the learner, ranging from simple to more complex. You can create a custom playlist of LightAide activities, like you would do with your favorite songs. Contact us with more questions at info@LightAide.org
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Features & Benefits
Amazing technology with:
- Activities designed to support all levels of learning
- Simple to set up, easy to use
- Up to 4 Learners can use simultaneously
- Safe and touchable surface
- 224 bright multicolored energy efficient LEDs
- Portable and lightweight design
- Fast and flexible method to change activities
- Quick and easy updates for new activities
Help learners to understand:
- Cause and effect
- Alphabet and numbers
- Turn-taking, negotiation and other social interactions
- Visual tracking for pre-reading experiences
- Sequencing and organizational skills for literacy readiness
An easily-distracted student was sitting in front of the LightAide for 45 minutes using the switch, fascinated!
It is a good visual cause and effect tool; I could use it as part of a CVI or functional vision assessment.
Seeing the potential in visually impaired children
Alexis beams with joy. Only her glasses betray her disabilities — visually impaired, profoundly deaf and developmentally delayed. Constantly laughing and smiling, her curiosity and enthusiasm teach us that while her reality is very different from ours, Alexis wants to be fully involved in the world and people around her.
Many visually impaired children can detect and respond to light. Knowing this, Alexis' mother and Philips employee Catherine Rose wondered if there were a way to use light and color to assess, engage and teach Alexis.
Working with teachers and therapists at Perkins, Philips developed the LightAide device. The initial prototype features a grid of lights whose colors can be changed and sequenced by the teacher. A big, round switch makes it easy for a small palm to gleefully pound away on it as the child reacts to the lights.
The wonder on the faces of children using the device shows us that their minds are engaged, concentrating and organizing their thoughts. Imagine the LightAide's potential for leveraging that wonder into learning and communication.
Therapists can use it to help them assess how much a child can see. Teachers can use it to help them learn new skills and behaviors. For example, sequencing the lights can help children with numbers and letters. Physical therapists can use it to help a child reach and stretch. LightAide gives parents and family a new way to keep a visually impaired child engaged and involved in everyday life.