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Windows 10 JAWS Text Tutorial: Notification Area and Action Center

This is a text tutorial, provided freely by The W-10 and Jaws group, anyone may freely share this file. Author: Jim Flusche This text file is updated to the W-10 Creators update. Press Windows key+...
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What's new in iOS 11 Accessibility

There are numerous accessibility features in iOS 11 that have rarely been discussed. Scott Davert, blogger for AppleVis, thoroughly examines iOS 11 accessibility features and improvements and shares...
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Windows 10 version 1709 update for screen readers

On October 17, 2017, Windows 10 Fall Creator's Edition, version 1709 will be rolled out. This is a major update with new features and refines the user interface. There will be updates to Narrator as...
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21 Century Teachers

Texas Education Agency created this thought-provoking video about the skills that our students need and how teachers face challenges teaching skills in a manner that is appropriate for the 21st...
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macOS 10.13 High Sierra software update: VoiceOver

The AppleVis team often writes about the accessibility of software updates. The recent (September 27, 2017) High Sierra update includes a number of improvements, changes, bug fixes and a few new bugs...
Elementary student standing outside in a jacket looking through a monocular while coding his long cane.

The Numbers Hunt: iBook about Using a Monocular

Quinn, an elementary student with low vision, goes on a fun Numbers Hunt. This exciting O&M lesson included using a monocular to read house addresses along his route. Jane, Quinn's Orientation...
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Located Purchased Apps in iOS 11: VoiceOver Bug

There are times that I have purchased an app and found that it was not what I needed or that I no longer use that app regularly. As an educator, I have lots of educational apps for various levels of...
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Blinded Guide: an Accessible PC Game

Blind Bob wants to go for a walk around his busy neighborhood; however, there are all kinds of hazards along the way. Listen carefully to guide Bob around  poles, open manhole covers, trees, and...
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Help Make Math Accessible in Microsoft Edge web browser - Your Vote Counts!

A few of us here in the DIAGRAM community have been hard at work coming up with the best way to get accessible math into EPUB and Microsoft’s new Edge web browser has the ability to open EPUBs. ...
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Before updating to iOS 11

OS 11 will be released on September 19 - here are some things you should know before you update!  As always, new features can also mean new bugs. For many who depend on their iOS devices for work,...
A family on a gondolla ride in Italy. Tell a story through the picture and slide show app Pictello.

Accessible iPad Apps: Eric Jerman

If you visit Apple.com and navigate to the section on iPad apps, you’ll land on a page that says “Over 140,000 apps for iPad;” its smaller cousin, the iPhone, hosts over 500,000 of these applications...
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JAWS 2018 and Expanded OCR

Freedom Scientific has expanded the optical character recognition (OCR) capabilitilities in JAWS 2018.  PDF files are often 'images' of the actual text, which typically means that they are not...
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Instructions on how to use new features of iOS 11

You have heard the buzz about iOS 11 with the "new dock", "new Control Center", "multitasking", and "split View", but what are these things? Below is a quick video that explains these new features...
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Accessibility of iPhone X (Face ID and no Home button)

Each year, Apple showcases their new products at the World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) event.  During the 2017 WWDC, which is the 10th anniversary of the iPhone, Apple announced three new...
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You're the Missing Piece: O&M Puzzle

During the AER International 2017 O&M Conference, Orientation and Mobility Specialists (O&Ms) gathered around Gina Schmid's poster board session to create the 'You're the Missing Piece!'...
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TSBVI's Google Classroom and JAWS Video Tutorials

TSBVI's Short-Term Programs offer technology courses to students through short-term classes and through distance learning classes. What about students who do not live in Texas?  No problem!  The...
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Riley's Transition to Middle School Video

Transitioning to a new school and tired of all those questions about blindness? Here is a fun way to educate teachers and peers! The goals for this video were to: Introduce Riley to students and...
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Intro to BrailleSense Polaris

In July 2017, HIMS released the BrailleSense Polaris, a modern braille notetaker that runs on the Android operating system and the Polaris Office Suite which is found on many smartphones. The Polaris...
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Microsoft Edge Accessibility with JAWS and NVDA

Microsoft Edge is a web browser developed by Microsoft.  Edge is included in Windows 10 and is replacing Internet Explorer as the default web browser on all Microsoft devices. Internet Explorer was...
Girl with glasses looking at a paper with large print sentences while brailling the sentences on a Perkins Braille Writer.

Seeking Participants for a Dual Media Study

Tina Herzberg (University of South Carolina Upstate) and L. Penny Rosenblum (University of Arizona) are conducting a small study to learn about the experiences of students who are dual media learners...

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