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Accessible Digital Picture Books for Preschoolers

Just like their peers, young students with visual impairments and blindness are being introduced to technology at a very early age. Exposure to books - including picture books - is critical for...
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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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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...

Blindfold Space Invaders App

Translating a video arcade game into an audio game is never easy.  In many of them, the layout on the screen requires that you see everything going on, so you can make the right moves. As an example...

Review of Percentally App

At the beginning of the 2017-2018 School Year, I went on a quest to look for an app that Special Educators could easily use to take data.  My hunt stopped at Percentally. Percentally offers special...

iPads and Preparing for Productivity

Woohoo! I just got an iPad! This is awesome! Err... wait a second, is this it?  What do I do now? The above is likely to be something all of us have thought at some point when dealing with some sort...

Technology-themed stories for elementary students

Students love everything about technology - and they can quickly become tech-obsessed. Students (and adults!) can't resist one more scroll down, one more video clip, one more video game, and one more...

Five Apps That Help Students with Low Vision in the Science Classroom

I love science and technology, so it's only natural that I use a wide range of educational technology and apps in the classroom. Because I have low vision, not every app I find is a perfect fit for...
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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...

Five Websites that Teach Kids About Vision Impairments

As more and more students are diagnosed with vision impairments, kids naturally become curious about what vision impairments are and how people live with them (read more about how I answer questions...

Snapchat and Low Vision

Recently, I was talking to one of my friends who asked me how people with low vision can access social media applications. With so many visual apps out there, it’s easy for people with vision...
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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...

Brian: Learning to Answer Questions using a braille display

Students who are blind with additional disabilities may struggle to read, write and answer questions independently.  However, mainstream technology such as an iPad paired with a refreshable braille...

Goodreads: The Bookworm's Best Friend

I don't know about where you are, but here it's colder than a politician’s heart! Seriously, though the days are getting longer and the sun is shining, it's still below freezing almost every day and...
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Samsung phone with TalkBack

Inclusive Android shares information on how to get started with a Samsung phone and TalkBack, Android's screen reader. This post includes step-by-step information, gestures, and keyboard commands....
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Intro to Chrome & Chrome OS Accessibility Video Series

Many schools are using the Chrome browser (on any device) and/or have adopted Chromebooks. Want to learn more about Chrome and Chrome Operating Systems (OS)?  These video tutorials created by Google...

5 Free Accessible News Apps for Low Vision

In the last few years, several news apps have been released so that users can keep up with what is going on in their town, in their country, and in their world. A lot of these apps are highly visual...

Using the Chromebook Help Feature for Keyboard Shortcuts

For students with low vision, learning to use keyboard commands in place of the mouse for some tasks is an important skill. As a vision teacher, I sometimes have students who are so accustomed to...

QR Codes and Children's Video Books

Storyline Online streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading award winning children's books. These riveting video books are free! Teacher guides/activities are also available for each book....

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