Orientation and Mobility Posts

Picture of an iPhone being held above various bills on a table.

EyeNote vs. MoneyReader

This post contains a video demonstration and comparison of two money reading apps.
Earplay Logo.

Earplay: Interactive Audio Stories iOS app

Part casual game, part interactive audiobook, Earplay is a new kind of immersive audio storytelling.
Young boy walking on a snowy sidewalk holding an iPhone catches up with a a peer.

Painting a picture of the World Through Sound: BlindSquare video

Video of a young student traveling indenpendently using a cane and the BlindSquare app.
Transloc Transit app logo.

Transloc Transit App with Low Vision Students: O&M Lesson

Using Transloc Transit App with low vision students to identify a familiar or unfamiliar destination stop and pull chord to signal for bus to stop
OverTHERE app logo.

OverTHERE: Explore and Interact with the surrounding environment, iOS app

Want to know what is "over there"? Use the OverTHERE iOS app to find out!

Blind Abilities Podcast: Who won the race?

Blind Abilities interview with Project Starfish after their successful completion of the first ever Blindfold Racer Championship.
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BlindWays: a crowdsourced bus stop location app

Navigate directly to a bus stop using the BlindWays iOS app.

Using iOS Tracing Apps: Part 2, O&M

Orientation and Mobility related tracing, scanning and tracking activities to compensate for blindspots.
Screenshot of the Control Center with Do Not Disturb button

O&M Safety: Do Not Disturb iOS Feature

Using the Do Not Disturb feature during O&M lessons to avoid text, email and phone call distractions.
August MS315 is a round portable speaker with 3.5mm audio cable that comes in 5 colors.

Portable Speaker for O&M Instruction

Safety reasons for using a portable mini-speaker, such as the August MS315, during O&M lessons.
'Piggy in the Middle" game; student standing between two adults, reaching to the right towards the adult with the ball.

Piggy in the Middle: An O&M Spatial Concept Lesson

O&M lesson that teaches spatial concepts to a low vision student whose not a native English speaker.
3-D tactile map of Watertown Square, Watertown Massachusetts.

3-D Tactile Maps

Review of 3-D tactile map making software available online through a site called Touch Mapper.
iPad, iPhone and Apple Watch displaying Apple Pay.

How to use Apple Pay on the web with Safari in iOS 10 and macOS Sierra

Learn how to use Apple Pay and strategies for incorporating Apple Pay into O&M lessons.

Becoming a Hi-Tech Orientation and Mobility Specialist

Tips and resources on how to incorporate technology into orientation and mobility lessons for all types of O&M students.

Using BlindSquare Simulation Mode to Create Tactile/Visual Maps

Use BlindSquare Simulation Mode to help students create maps of a location.
Notability iOS app logo.

Using the Notability app for Orientation and Mobility lessons with Younger Students with Low Vision

Using the Notability app for Orientation and Mobility lessons with Younger Students with Low Vision
A student using the touch technique on a sidewalk in a residential area.

HI-Tech O&M Progress Reports

Technology can be used to create quick video snapshots to record progress of O&M skills.
Materials needed for this O&M Lesson: sidewalk chalk, measuring tape, and 36" long cane.

BlindSquare Readiness Lesson: Chalk, Walk, and Talk

O&M lesson that teaches concepts of 'clock face directions' and the meaning of the term 'yards'.
Diagram of an intersection showing a person at a crosswalk standing across the street from a sound source.

Using the APH Sound Source to Teach Street Crossings

The APH sound source can be used to help students learn the skill of aligning for a street crossing using the sound of parallel traffic.
Student with long cane and iPhone standing on a sidewalk at street intersection.

Beginner's Guide to Blindsquare

A COMS perspective and some tips for utilizing the basic features of Blindsquare.