Keeping Up and Staying Ahead: Part 2

Welcome to part two of this series, dedicated to sharing instructional and professional development resources that focus on teaching assistive technology.  

In the first installment, we looked at various resources offered by Perkins Trainings and Access Technology Institute.  In this second installment, we are going to take a b-y-t-e out of some Apple resources (sorry, couldn't resist)...

How to Write Alt Text and Image Descriptions for the visually impaired

If someone went on your website or profile with their eyes closed, would they still be able to find their way around? As more and more people develop vision impairments, they turn to assistive technology in order to access content- read more about this in my World Sight Day 2017 post here. By adding alt text and image descriptions, barriers are lifted and more people can access your content. Read on to learn more about how to create alt text and image descriptions.

Phase II CVI Activity-Light Switches

My student with CVI is in the transition range of Phase I to Phase II and is still attracted to lights. We are searching for activities that are functional and motivating for him, so light can be used as a tool for this. Because we want him to start working on cause/effect skills and also reaching and fine motor, I decided to make an activity board with 2 LED Wall Switch Lights (found at Dollar Store). One light was outlined in red and the other in black. I glued red foam on half of a piece of cardboard and black construction paper on the other half.

STEM Career Showcase livestream video with Dr. Temple Grandin!

The STEM Career Showcase for Students with Disabilities is an annual educational event where attendees meet role models with disabilities who have thriving careers in STEM fields. The 2017 STEM Career Showcase featured Dr. Temple Grandin as the keynote speaker. Students will also meet other professionals in STEM fields during a panel discussion, including Dr. Amy Bower from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, Mike Claes from Cisco, Patrick Williams from the NC Museum of Natural Sciences and Ryan Benson from the Centers for Disease Control.

How to Create High Resolution Images for Users with Low Vision

I often talk about using high resolution images when creating accessible assignments, but have never formally explained what that means, or how they can be created. Today, I will be sharing what I have learned about high resolution images, why they are important, and how to create them. I’ve gathered this information from personal experience, talking to friends in graphic design and art related fields, and from taking graphic design and multimedia courses at my university. I link to related posts on my blog as well as posts from trusted outside sources.

Can You Beatbox?


Does gender affect a person’s ability to learn a beatbox noise?

Independent variable

I changed the different people and gender to test.

Dependent variable

What I’m measuring is the time it takes a person to learn a beatbox noise.


My hypothesis was that boys would learn to make a beatbox noise faster than a girl .


Solar System in a Meter

Many thanks to Jim Allan, Accessibility Coordinator at TSBVI (and resident Space Geek) for this idea. 

This is a good follow-up activity to an introduction of the solar system. 

After students have learned the basic structure of the solar system.  Students will gain a better understanding of the relative distances between the planets and how much greater these distances are the farther from the Sun planets are located.


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