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Braille Essay Contest

The braille essay contest sponsored by Onkyo Corporation is for people of all ages, and contest winners receive cash prizes valued from $500 to $2,000. Essays may be written on a wide range of...
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Microsoft's Eye-Tracking System Review

Microsoft recently announced the new built-in eye-tracking technology for Windows.  This technology is currently available for beta tesing. Eye-tracking software enables users with physical/motor...
Smiling group of high school students with visual impairments sitting and standing in front of a brick building.

Transition to College: Program Activity Guide Lessons

The word 'transition' is used frequently in IEP meetings and is a critical piece of high school goals. As Teachers of the Visually Impaired (TVIs), we are actively involved in our students' success...
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BrailleBack Beta: Braille for Android Devices

BrailleBack app enables a blind user to connect a refreshable braille display to his/her Android device.  With your Android device running TalkBack, the BrailleBack app enables users to navigate,...
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Eclipse Soundscapes app and citizen science project

On August 21, 2017, a solar eclipse will be seen by millions of people in the United States.  The Eclipse Soundscapes Project will help students with visual impairments experience the eclipse through...
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VO Starter: iOS App

The VO Starter app is a wonderful tool to learn and practice VoiceOver gestures on an iPad. iPhone or iPod. VO Starter is now a FREE app!  VO Starter was updated in Dec. 2016. Learn more about these...
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Eye Control: Eye Tracking in Windows 10

Microsoft recently announced an upcoming accessibility feature for Windows 10, called Eye Control. This feature supports users with severe motor issues to be able to independently operate an on-...
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Become an Accessibility Tester for Google Products!

Google is looking for a select group of individuals to test and provide feedback on future and updated Google products. These Accessibility Trusted Testers must be: At least 18 years old Accept...
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The Beach iBook

This iBook is about going to the beach!  Using high contrast images and sounds, the writer talks about playing in the sand, laughing with friends, and throwing the frisbee!  See more iBooks created...
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Rain Rain Sleep Sounds App: iOS & Android app for sleeping and anxiety

Many students who are blind or visually impaired have trouble sleeping.  Some students have switched day and night schedules, making it hard to fall asleep at night and to stay awake during class.  ...
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DOE Memorandum clarifies federal laws for students with visual impairments

Written by Carlton Anne Cook Walker.   Posted with permission on Paths to Technology. The Office of Special Education Programs of the U.S. Department of Education, through a memorandum from its...
The Read Read features credit card-sized tiles with letters, braille & audio recordings.

Read Read: braille game

The Read Read is an electronic emerging braille device composed of movable tiles with both braille and raised print letters. As a student runs his/her finger across the brailled tile, the device...
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What3Words: navigation information

  What3Words provides a precise and simple way to name and talk about a location.  Every 3m x 3m square in the world has its own three word address. Traditional addresses are ambiguous and many areas...
Tapilo device: 9 removable braille blocks with push in pins that attach to a simple braille display.

Taptilo: New Smart Device to Teach Braille

Update 7/25/17  Taptilo is now available for purchase!   Taptilo developers have listened closely to beta testers and have completed the following updates: Better quality voice Ability to...
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Slapstack Math Review: iOS App

APH has recently released a new action-packed math app, Slapstack Math. This iOS app is free and is fully accessible with VoiceOver. The game is designed to be played by at least two players; up to 8...
Aaron and Nikki are two new Siri voices available in iOS 11.

New VoiceOver Voices in iOS 11

Tired of robotic-sounding screen reader voices?  Try out these new VoiceOver/Siri voices that will be available in iOS 11.  Which ones do you like?  
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Intro to G Suite Accessibility

Google continues to expand and improve accessibility of Google suite.  Google suite (G suite) is a combination of cloud computing, productivity and collaboration tools developed in 2006 by Google.  G...
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Path Guide: Indoor Navigation App

Path Guide is a recently-released Android app that takes a unique approach to providing step-by-step navigation information for indoor travel. Microsoft's research project, Path Guide, uses the '...
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Free Tactile Art Kit

The American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults is providing free tactile art kits for blind and low vision students between the ages of 2 -8 years old.  These free kits are designed to...
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brailleSCHOOL: Program for Parents

Learn braille like never before! So what's brailleSCHOOL you ask? brailleSCHOOL is an interactive, 10-week virtual program where parents will learn everything you need to know about braille to...

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