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Stay Still, Squeaky!

Stay Still, Squeaky!

No VoiceOver skills required
Difficulty: Beginner
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Stay Still, Squeaky! is an accessible, interactive Ballyland story. It is the perfect, fun and safe first introduction to an iPad for young children with vision impairment and their sighted friends and siblings. Squeaky, the bouncy Ballylander, needs to stay clean before a visit to his grandmother. Children will easily connect with this fun story, and as they interact with it, Squeaky gets dirtier and dirtier! A fun, audio based eBook, with great sound effects, and bright, simple images and animations.

Download free 3D file to make a 3D tool of Squeaky so that your child can tactually explore his features
Download free Squeaky coloring page file. To make it into a raised line drawing, print it with a Piaf, using swell paper. This will enable children to feel what Squeaky looks like.

Tip for blind parents or educators:
The eBook is self-voicing, so please shut down VoiceOver before opening the eBook. To exit the eBook, quickly left-swipe-and-tap to open the menu, and then switch VoiceOver back on to provide navigation support.

“‘Stay Still, Squeaky!’ is a wonderful resource for learning the basics of using a touch screen device and a variety of early learning skills, promoting independence and empowerment for users with visual impairments.”
Hillary Kleck on Wonderbaby dot org

Special Features

  • Finalist in the ‘Most Accessible Children’s App’ category of the 2015 ‘Apps for All Challenge’ awards, Australian Communications Consumer Action Network.
  • Perfect for use in an Inclusive Early Learning environment
  • To move the story along, the child only needs to use very simple, ‘informal’ gestures: touch and swipe
  • Safe gesture support for independent use by young children who are blind or have low vision
  • Suitable for blind children as young as three years old
  • No reading skills required
  • Does not require the use of VoiceOver or any experience with touch screen interaction
  • Each page has its own soundscape
  • Simple and colorful line images with clear contrast
  • No time limit to respond
  • Theme can be easily tied in with real life activities and curriculum