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Setting a Departure Time on Google Maps

When planning an Orientation and Mobility trip with a student, it is essential to consider which type of transportation that they would like to take. (See post...
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Easter Egg Hunt: O&M Orientation Lesson

Here is a fun orientation game for younger O&M students! Preschool and/or kindergarten students should know the routes around his/her school.  This game...
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Easter Egg Hunt for students with visual impairments

There are several different types of commercial Easter Eggs that enable students with visual impairments to join in the fun. Beeping Eggs Traditional beeping...
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06: A Tiny Device to Control iOS Devices

The 06 is a tiny, round Bluetooth device that can be used to navigate and interact with your iOS device instead of VoiceOver gestures. This small device is...
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Microsoft Soundscape app: a free O&M app

Microsoft Soundscape is a free iOS app that provides travelers who are visually impaired or blind information about places around them in the environement....
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Blindfold Student Pack 1: Navigation

I recently heard from Lore, a teacher of visually impaired students in a California school district.  She was disappointed that the Blindfold Games are only...
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Be My Eyes App and Specialized Help

Be My Eyes is a free app that connects blind and low vision people with sighted volunteers and company represenatives through a live video call. Users with...
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O&M Route Planning

As students with visual impairments begin to gain independence and look for more ways to travel, it is important to plan routes.  As O&M instructors, route...
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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...
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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...
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Google Maps: Bus and Train Stations

Smart phones are used for navigation purposes by everyone, including people who are visually impaired. Google Maps has some interesting bus and train transit...
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ShopTalks: iBeacons making neighborhoods accessible

iBeacons are being deployed in various businesses and in large areas such as malls, airports and bus stations. The ShopTalks project is a community-wide...
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Blindfold Barnyard: Cardinal Directions Game

Some of you may have played Blindfold Barnyard.  It’s an easy game, where you drag your finger around on the screen until you find an animal, such as a goat,...
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Google Maps Offline

As an O&M, it would be a dream for all of our community traveling students and clients to have a smartphone with an unlimited data plan.  In reality, many...
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Want more educational apps that are accessible? Blindfold Games

Blindfold Games are auditory-based games specifically created for students and adults who are visually impaired or blind. Many of these games are accessible,...
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Sharing Secret Locations Lesson: BlindSquare Lesson Plan

This lesson was originally taught at the Perkins High-Tech O&M Workshop with Ed Summers and Diane Brauner.  The Lesson Plan post is written by Kristin...
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Cody's Favorite LOGOs iBook

Cody, a high school student with multiple disabilities due to a traumatic brain injury (TBI), is learning to visually identify and name fast food signs in his...
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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  ...
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Five Things that Surprised Me About the New Metro Cars

I go to college right outside of Washington, DC, and often find myself using the Metro subway system to travel around the DC, Maryland, and Virginia area....
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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...
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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...
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Fitbit Exercise Tracker - Accessibility and Usability Part 2

Why an Exercise Tracker? Is it just me or does anyone else have trouble getting motivated to go out and exercise?  Whew, glad I’m not the only one!  If you’re...
How do people with low vision open a locker? An accommodation most people don't think of - how to make lockers accessible.

How Do People with Low Vision . . . Open a Locker?

At my middle school, all of the lockers were equipped with combination locks built directly into the locker doors. While this was a great security feature, I...
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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. ...
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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...
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FitBit Exercise Tracker - Accessibility and Usability Part 1

I had a FitBit a few years ago until the band broke and I lost it (I swear it’s in my house somewhere...bet I’ll find it in five years somewhere stupid).  ...
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How Do People with Low Vision use the Bus System?

Like a lot of students, I didn't bring a car with me to college.  Unlike a lot of students, I didn't bring a car because I have low vision and use a blindness...
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Seeing AI iOS App: Recognizing People, Objects and Scenes

Microsoft has just released the FREE Seeing AI iOS app.  This amazing AI - Artificial Intelligence - app narrates the world for users with visual impairements...
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15 Addresses to Memorize in College

Recently, a sighted friend at my college asked me how I was able to navigate campus with a blindness cane better than they could without one. I have gotten...
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Seeing Eye GPS App: Instructional PowerPoint

Written for Paths to Technology by Kim with Sendero Sendero now offering an Instructional PowerPoint for the Seeing Eye GPS app. The Seeing Eye GPS...
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Teaching echolocation skills: O&M activities

Pixar's popular movie, Finding Dory, has lovable characters that include Destiny, a whale shark who has a visual impairment and Bailey, a beluga whale who...
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BlindSquare Navigation App: Video

BlindSquare is a popular navigation app for users who are visually impaired and blind.  With a wide variety of features, some users feel overwhelmed the first...
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Sendero's iPhone GPS App Update

Sendero Press Release June 14, 2017 Thanks to continued underwriting from Guide Dogs NSW ACT Australia and a federal grant from the National Institute of...
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Steps for Riding a Bus

Visually impaired travelers have several options for transportation in urban and some rural areas.  In an earlier post, tips for taking Uber were provided. ...
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Aware App Review: Indoor Wayfinding app

The Aware App by Sensible Innovations provided a demonstration at the 2017 ADA Symposium in Colorado.  Using iBeacons to relay the information to the user's...
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Technology and Mobility in the 21st Century

A technology enthusiast, Robin Christopherson writes blogs about technology and how this technology can empower people with vision loss. O&M Hint:  Be sure...
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Smart Paint Crosswalks for Visually Impaired

The Tampa Lighthouse for the Blind is working closesly with the city of Tampa to help travelers with visual impairments navigate safe street crossings.  This...
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Adapting iBooks for Children with Multiple Disabilities: Book Creator App

Recently I wanted to begin creating my own iBooks for some of my students with multiple disabilities who also had good use of their functional vision.  I...
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How does a blind person cross a street?

As a Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist (COMS), I am often asked how blind students cross the street.  In her blog, Arielle does a wonderful job of...
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Road Rally: O&M navigation activity

Visually impaired navigators provide directions for sighted drivers during this unique car rally. A Road Rally might include navigating to areas within your...

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