Tech Ideas

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AccessNote Will No Longer Be Supported

AFB announcement 2/14/18: When AccessNote was released in 2013 we were proud to be the first fully accessible note-taking app available. We are excited to find that there are now many accessible...
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Survey for IRIS: Web app which provides access to STEM images

The IRIS project is a web app designed to assist students in STEM fields by providing detailed explainations of graphically presented educational content by professionals in the field. A student,...
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Issues with BrailleNote Apex and Google Apps

Many classrooms are using Google Classroom, a free web service aimed to simplify creating, distributing and grading assignments in a paperless way. Recently, several teachers of the visually impaired...
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Strategies for Becoming Tech Power-User!

As educators, our primary job when teaching screen reader skills to students is to teach the basic gestures (tablets), keyboard commands and/or braille display commands so that students can...
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YouDescribe iOS App

YouDescribe is a free and easy method that enables educators and other volunteers to describe YouTube videos for viewers who are visually impaired or blind.  Recently released, the fully accessible...
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O&M VISSIT: Field Validation

We would like to have any COMS who work in an itinerant service delivery model in an educational system use the O&M VISSIT (Orientation & Mobility Visual Impairment Scale of Service Intensity...
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Audio Described Super Bowl

Patrick and Emily, Aira agents, will provide vivid visual descriptions of the Super Bowl game, commercials and half-time show. Airia is a visual interpreter for the blind, enabling users to explore...
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Arthur's braille activity for classmates with vision

As teachers of the visually impaired, we are often asked to talk to classes about students with visual impairments and braille. The hit PBS TV series, has a fun website for students - this website...
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iOS 11.2.5 update

iOS 11.2.5 was publicly released on January 23, 2018. According to AppleVis, there is a malicious link that when texted/shared freezes the Messages app. Read more about the malicious link here. iOS...
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Virtual Reality and Cane Techniques

Microsoft has created a cane controller that is used in virtual reality (VR) environments. The player maneuvers a modified cane (attached to the VR cane controller) to explore the virtual environment...
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Is Social Media Accessible?

Social media is important to students - including students with visual impairments. Social media is a convenient way to access information, provide information and communicate. Social media is a...
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Chromebooks, Google Sheets and Braille Display

Braille display accessibility with Chromebooks is improving. You can now use Chrome OS (Operating System) using the ChromeVox screen reader paired with a braille dipsplay with Google Sheets. Read and...
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Reach Out and Touch the new Braille Features in iOS 11: AppleVis

Scott Davert with AppleVis shares his informative podcast about the iOS 11 changes for braille display users. The podcast includes step-by-step braille display instructions and information on these...
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Practical Experiences with 3D Printing

Are you thinking about purchasing a 3D printer? Sue O'Brien, TSBVI's Tactile Graphics Guru shares her thoughts and experiences with 3D printers: We have a Makerbot 5th Generation Replicator which we...
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Accessible Wayfinding Field Testing

Dear Accessible Wayfinding enthusiasts in the Baltimore or Chicago area, We would like to invite you to participate in a test measuring the usability of an indoor wayfinding App prototype under...
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NC STEM Camp for High School Students with VIB 2018

During this one-week residential camp, 12 - 15 high school students with VIB will explore various fields of STEM, including the Grand Challenges of Engineering.  Through engaging hands-on activities...
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Microsoft Badges and Certifications: For Educators and Students

Digital badges are earned by completing and showing competency of additional online coursework on a specific topic. Badges are a way to distinguish competency of skills and to distinguish educators...
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Google Keyboard Shortcuts

Many schools have now become 'Google Classrooms', meaning students and teachers have 1:1 devices and those devices are running Google products.  "Google Classroom" is defined as a learning management...
iOS 11.2

Accessibility Fixes in iOS 11.2

In December, Apple released iOS 11.2; this release includes a number of accessibility fixes. Included in AppleVis' list of fixes are several important braille display resolutions that are important...
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What's new with NVDA

NVDA (NonVisual Desktop Access) is a popular free screen reader which enables blind and visually impaired users to access computers. Like all software applications, NVDA continues to evolve; there...

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