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Cartoon character of Arthur's friend, Marina who is sitting at a desk with her hands on a Perkins braille writer.

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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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...

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...
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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...
Screenshot from video tutorial: Laura Palmaro, Program Manager, Chrome Accessibility sitting at a small table with open MacBook.

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...
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Blind Kids Create online inclusive Games: Memor-i Studio

Press Release Athens, November 2017 Imagine playing online games without knowing -or caring- if the other player might be blind. Imagine now that the games played are created by blind children......

Hour of Code

Students are living in a digital world - computers are a part of every day life. Just as students need print and/or braille literacy, students also need to read computer language. Coding is a way to...

Quizlet and Low Vision

In the last two weeks, it seems like every time I turn around, I have another test or quiz that demands my attention- sometimes several in one day. While each class I study for is unique, I use the...
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BrailleBlaster: Free braille transcription software

The American Printing House for the Blind has been making educational materials more accessible for almost as long as braille has existed. And now we’re transforming access as dramatically as braille...

How to Make Music Accessible with Microsoft Publisher

I frequently create my own accessible copies of music for band, where I play clarinet. I don't use any specific music software, and instead choose to use Microsoft Publisher, a desktop publishing...

Going Paperless with Dropbox

As itinerant teachers, organization and access is key to being productive.  One thing that I have found helpful is going paperless by uploading paper versions of documents onto the Dropbox app.  That...

Screen Sharing with Mikogo

Screen sharing is a well known feature in the world of technology.  It is used for presentations, remote PC repair, etc. One application that is relevant in the world of visual impairments is sharing...
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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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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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WhiteNote App: Music Application for Visually Impaired

Music scores are not readily available in an accessible format to students who are taking band and/or music classes. Often the band/music director will manually create recordings for students who are...

Accessible Coding: What's Out There?

Coding is a lifestyle. In today's digital society there are literally thousands of resources to learn the craft. Whether it be the code that controls the stuff you "see" in the form of HTML, CSS...
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Memor-i Studio: Create your own accessible games

Imagine if anyone could easily create educational electronic games. Imagine now that these were automatically inclusive, so that blind kids could also play. Well, this is not imagination any more, it...
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New SAS Software helps blind users see data in unique way

Charts and graphs provide data in a visual representation; how can students with visual impairments in a digital classroom access the same visual information?  The recently released SAS Graphics...
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Google Docs and Sheets with a Screen Reader: Resources

Are you having trouble using Google Docs and Sheets when using JAWS, NVDA or a screen reader?  Normally, when you open Google Drive, Docs or Sheets, the virtual cursor is automatically turned off.  ...
SeeNow vision simulation website.  "What does being 'blind' look like?"

SeeNow: On-line Vision Simulator

It is difficult to image what a person with a visual impairment might see as he/she moves around his community.  Most people with visual impairments do have some functional vision; however, there may...

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