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How do people with vision impairments navigate school hallways? www.veroniiiica.com

How Do People with Vision Impairments . . . Navigate School Hallways?

My friend and I were talking the other day and they asked me how I had learned to navigate the hallways of my school before I started using a blindness cane-...
Google Map with colorful pushpins and text, "Pushpin Google Map"

How to create a digital pushpin map

We all know Google Maps are a very useful tool when it comes to previewing locations and getting directions, but did you know that you can create a digital...
Folded long cane with text, "The shaft has 4 sections that allow me to fold my cane when I am not using it."

My Long Cane Book

I initially created a My Long Cane Book with a student who was being introduced to the long cane. The idea came after I had combed the internet for a children’...
Student standing on a street corner using his iPhone to magnify and trace the curb across the street.

Tracing Lines with the iPhone

Objective The student will locate and read posted information using the iPhone camera or magnifier by spotting, fixating, and then tracing environmental...
How tinted glasses help my light sensitivity. www.veroniiiica.com

How Tinted Glasses Help My Light Sensitivity

When my eye doctor first recommended that I get tinted glasses in eighth grade, I was worried people might tease me for looking like I wear sunglasses all the...
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Is This My Bus Stop?! The Reminders App

I started using the iPhone Reminders app during city bus lessons when I taught a high schooler who has low vision and significant social anxiety.  The idea of...
Two maps with annotated landmarks and route with text, "Creating digital maps with layers"

Creating Simple O&M Low Vision Maps with a Little Gloss!

My name is Joseph Kolb, a Certified Orientation & Mobility Specialist with The Carroll Center for the Blind in the Boston area.  My work is community-based...
Screenshot of iPhone's home screen with Accessibility shortcuts menu, "Magnifier, VoiceOver, and Cancel".

iOS Native Magnifier App

For those tech savvy low vision folks who have been handily using their iPhone cameras to capture images of restaurant menus and then using zoom to enlarge it...
One lane dirt road through heavily wooded area with sunlight shining through the trees.

BlindSquare app and unique rural travel environments

I recently attended Diane Brauner and Ed Summer’s High Tech O&M training through Perkins E-learning and was excited to learn some wonderfully helpful tools...
How do people with vision impairments go to waterparks? www.veroniiiica.com

How Do People with Vision Impairments. . . Go To Waterparks?

A few summers ago, my friend and I would frequently go to a waterpark one town over from us. I have to give my friend major credit here, because they were very...
How a TSA Pre-Check helps me as a visually impaired traveler. www.veroniiiica.com

How a TSA Pre-Check Helps Me as a Visually Impaired Traveler

TSA Pre-Checks are incredibly useful for any traveler, but I was surprised by how helpful they are for travelers with blindness and low vision. This past March...
Screenshot of annotated middle school map with tool bars.

Creating Low Vision Maps: SAS Gloss App

SAS gloss is a free annotation app that can be used to quickly create an accessible map on-the-fly for low vision students.  Annotation apps allow the student...
Image of TMAP - black tactile lines indicating streets and a circle indicating the location of the original address.

TMAP: Tactile Maps Automated Production

Interested in learning about your neighborhood? The LightHouse for the Blind and Visually impaired partnered with Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute to...
BlindSquare logo: Braille 'BlindSquare' with transcribed print below.

Airports, BlindSquare Enabled

About BlindSquare Enabled Airports MIPsoft, makers of BlindSquare, the most used waypoint  navigation solution for persons who are blind or partially sighted...
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Scavenger Hunt App for O&M

I recently organized a group of friends to do a scavenger hunt in Washington, D.C. The feedback that I received on the activity gave me some ideas about...
image of an Android phone on top of a world map.

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...
4 year old standing beside a drinking fountain in her school, opening an Easter egg; precane and easter basket are beside her.

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...
Yard full of colorful balloons attached to Easter eggs.

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...
fingers rotating 06 beside an iPhone; text, "Turn dial clockwise. One click to next channel."

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...
Pen marking a location on a colorful print map.

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...
Screenshot from video: Woman holding a modified cane attached to the cane controller in a virtual reality environment.

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...
4 people walking across a bridge over a city street; one person traveling with a dog guide and one person with a cane.

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...
Screenshot of Google Maps on iPhone displaying bus route options with Depart at tab highlighted.

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,...
Hands holding smart phones in front of a world map.  Text: "Google Maps (offline)".

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,...
3 smiling O&Ms in rain gear learning to use the BlindSquare navigation app around the Perkins School for the Blind campus.

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...
Cartoon man walking confidently with a long cane.

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  ...
Five things that surprised me about the new metro cars. www.veroniiiica.com

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...
Riley and two of her friends talking beside their lockers.

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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