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Creating Digital Images Part 2: 3 Braille Tips

The first post in this series, Creating Digital Images for Tactile Graphics Machines Part 1, we learned how to trace and/or mark up an image of worksheet or...
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Cards for Learning Math: CVI

TVI Lisha Yoch shares how to use the card game War to reinforce the math concepts greater than, less than and equals. Choosing the right deck of cards is...
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Creating Digital Images for Tactile Graphics Machines, Part 1

We know that students need tactile graphics to learn new concepts and we have been looking at a variety of tools used to create tactile graphics. (See Tactile...
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Highcharts: Accessible, Interactive Charts and Graphs

As an educator, I am always seeking information about how to make digital resources accessible for students who rely on a screen reader or who need low vision...
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Multiplication Super Flashcards and NaviLens Activity

The very first set of NaviLens tags designed to help create Super Flashcards is now available free from Teachers Pay Teachers thanks to the generosity of the...
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Getting Started on a Mac with VoiceOver: Teaching Students

I often receive emails from TVIs (and students) who are new to MacOS and VoiceOver. Yes, learning a new system with a screen reader can be overwhelming! There...
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Teacher's Pet Online: APH Online Quiz Tool

Teacher's Pet Online is a free, accessible tool to create and share practice materials, quizzes and tests. The tool works with your platform's screen reader...
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What's Next for College-Aspiring Learners? Webinar

College Success @ Perkins presents "Tech, Literacy and Educational Equity: Exploring What's Next and Necessary for College-Aspiring Learners with Blindness and...
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Creating Non-Visual Digital Maps of Metropolitan Areas

Updated July 10th with best practices for major cities such as New York City. Planning a trip? As things start to open back up, many families are planning get...
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Tips for Handling Academic Ableism in the Classroom

When I was in middle school, I began to experience academic ableism in the classroom, primarily from my teachers. While I was fortunate to have many wonderful...
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3D Printing the Universe

Despite our very limited abilities to travel to distant objects in outer space that can be thousands of light years — if not millions or billions of light...
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Tactile Graphic Tools

Drawing engages your student's imagination to become more active. Each time he/she draws or creates, they access their imagination and make physical...
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iOS 15 Dictation Update

Added in iOS 14, "On-Device Dictation" enables the user to dictate "on the device" meaning that the processing of voice dictation is no longer on the cloud but...
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Math Apps and Activities Summary Post for Students K-3rd Grade

Updated June 24, 2021 (Original post was published April 2021) One thing that has been obvious during the pandemic is that even young students need to be up...
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Ice Cube Tray Math Activities: Greater Than and Graphing

Graphs are used to present information in a simple way and are used to easily compare information. “Graphing is an important math tool. It is a simple way to...
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Creating Tactile Graphic Machine Images with Word: Cycle Chart

"Work smart not harder!" That has to be my motto after working from home during the pandemic. One classic tool that many TVIs are taking advantage of - now...
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Braille Blaster 2.0 Update

APH's free braille translation program has received a significant update! Braille Blaster now has 6-key entry mode rather than a dialog. Also improvements with...
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It's My Job! Podcast #19: Sajja Koirala

Welcome to episode number nineteen of the It’s My Job podcast. In this episode of It's My Job, Cheyenne, a student from Colorado, interviews Ms. Sajja Koirala...
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Sonification of Chandra and Hubble Space Images

We can explore the X-ray universe, a kind of light that no human can ever naturally see.  Since human eyes cannot detect X ray light, we have to translate it...
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National Registry for Teachers of Students with Visual Impairments

Release June 14, 2021: Success Beyond Sight, (SBS), a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization, has created a FREE National Registry for TSVIs/TVIs (NRTSVI) to empower...
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Game Changing Video

EdGames Expo Special Education Showcase video is a combination effort between AEM Center at CAST and Bridge Multmedia. This 1-hour documentary-style video...
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Spatial Tech Standards 2: Rows

In the first Spatial Tech Standards post, we learned various hands-on activities and apps that can be used to teach spatial terms. This post will focus on the...
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Chandra X-Ray Observatory and Accessible Resources

The Chandra X-ray Observatory is one of NASA’s Great Observatories, along with the Hubble Space Telescope. Chandra detects X-ray light from very hot (millions...
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Introducing Abstract Art Lesson: CVI

This lesson can be adapted to ANY age group. Yes, a three year old can learn about abstract art and start learning artist names. It’s all about exposure. But...
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Visual Descriptions of Space Images

An accessible digital project to help connect users - particularly those who are blind, have low vision, or have different learning needs - with the science of...
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How to Request Accessible Textbooks in College

The other day, one of my friends texted me with an urgent question asking how to request accessible textbooks in college. Their professor had just announced...
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Musical Fingerprints of Wobbly Stars

Hello Everyone! It has been a while but this is the last installment of the Space Telescope Science Institute Astronify Group’s videos about sonification. If...
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College STEM Survey

Are you a college student who reads braille? Have you taken a college STEM course? If so, we would like to hear from you! We are currently recruiting for a...
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Convos With Julia: Cane Convo

How many of your students fully embrace their cane? At any point in time, this question will popup on social media or in a live discussion among educators and/...
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Call for Space Sonification Art: Paid Summer Opportunity!

Calling BVI high school artists! Make art about astronomy and outer space to be enjoyed by a blind audience!  We want your help sharing astronomy data using...
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Tech, Literacy & Education Equity for College Aspiring Learners Webinar

Updated July 14, 2021 to include the recording of this amazing webinar! The Perkins College Success program is sponsoring the free Tech, Literacy and...
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Using Tech to Develop Critical Thinking Skills

Critical thinking goes beyond memorization, encouraging students to connect the dots between concepts, solve problems, think creatively, and apply knowledge in...
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Braille Math Editor: JAWS and Fusion

The recent JAWS and Fusion update includes support for reading math equations. The following is from Freedom Scientific's website: Braille Math Editor JAWS...
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Learning about Airport/Airport Travel: O&M Activities

With the US opening up after COVID, people are beginning to travel again or to think about traveling. Guide Dogs for the Blind and Seeing Eye have created a...
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Reflections on a Year of Education During COVID Study

As the school year comes to an end there is a group of researchers who want to collect reflections from many individuals involved in the education of children...
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Geometry and Tactile Graphics for Students in Grades 3 to 8

Do you have a braille student who is or will soon be taking geometry? Here is a free opportunity to brush up on your TVI-related geometry skills in order to...
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Three Types of One-handed Keyboard Options

Paths to Technology regularly receives questions about one-handed keyboards and/or keyboards for students with motor issues such as Cerebral Palsy. Please note...
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It's My Job Podcast #18: Sharon Strzalkowski

Welcome to episode number eighteen of the It’s My Job podcast. In this episode of It's My Job, Madison from Iowa interviews Sharon Strzalkowski. Sharon has a ...
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Map Explore: Sneak Peak at a New O&M Game

Going somewhere new? What is the first thing you do? Open your favorite map app and learn about the area and preplan your route. But, what do you do if you are...
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How a Podcast Brings Museums to the Visually Impaired

Verbal descriptions have been used by museums for years to connect visually impaired art lovers with their collections. But the descriptions are usually...

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