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Code Jumper: APH and Humanware International Partners

We are very pleased to be the chosen partner by the American Printing House for the Blind to distribute Code Jumper internationally outside of the US....
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Coding and STEM: Robot Obstacle Challenges 2 (Hurricane Dorian)

This challenge follows the first Robot Obstacle Challenge post, Coding and STEM: Robot Obstacle Challenge 1.As educators, we know that our students are most...
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Coding and STEM: Robot Obstacle Challenges 1

21 century classrooms encourage students to “think”. Instead of regurgitating a series of facts, students are asked to apply the facts learned to analyze why...
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Picture in a Flash: A Tactile Image is Worth a Thousand Words

NOTE: For more ways of creating tactile graphics, please see the article Creating Tactile Graphics With Firebird Software. As I was going through school to...
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3D Printed Teaching Models

3D printing is a natural way to develop tactile models. We’ve taught a lot of people how to use 3D printers, and we have developed several books of 3D...
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Note-taking Applications for the iPad: Part 3

In Part 1 of my posts on the topic of notetaking apps for the iPad, Note-taking Applications for the iPad: Part 1, I discuss two available iOS apps, PDF Expert...
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Alexa Blueprints: The Easy Way to Make Your Own Skills

Alexa seems like it (or she) has become a part of our culture.  As more and more homes are subscribing to WiFi services, smart speakers such as Google Home and...
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Alexa: Speak Faster

Students and adults are quickly consuming information through auditory input and are excited about the new speech rate feature on Alexa enabled-devices. In the...
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ATIA tools for the visually impaired and blind worth exploring

I recently attended the Assistive Technology Industry Association exhibit hall in Orlando, Florida. The products presented were designed to enhance the lives...
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Trivia Educational Games on Alexa and Google Assistant

Free trivia games are available through Amazon's Alexa or Google Assistant. Once the game is initially enabled through the link below, simply ask Alexa or...
BrailleBuzz, a black & yellow bee shaped toy for braille readers with honeycomb shaped braille letter keys & Perkins keyboard.

TVI and Kindergartener's Review of the Braille Buzz

When I arrived at school after winter break, I was excited to obtain the BrailleBuzz for my kindergarten student. According to the APH website, “BrailleBuzz is...
Airaport - How I use Aira at the airport.

Airaport - How I Use Aira at the Airport

Back in March, I had the opportunity to go on my first ever flight, from Washington, DC to San Diego. I had to make the trip through the airport and onto my...
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MATT Connect Updates

HumanWare has announced some new MATT Connect features! The clip located on the front of the stand that releases the tablet will now have the option of being...
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Orbit Reader 20: Editing Basics

In the first article in this series, we introduced the layout of the Orbit Reader and proceeded into the basic menu structure.  In the second article, we...
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Hear the Difference: Comparing Smart Speakers

There are several voice-controlled smart speakers available; which one is right for you? The Amazon Echo Dot 3rd Generation was recently revealed. This YouTube...
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Brailliant BI14: Refreshable Braille Display/Notetaker

Students are becoming tech savvy at early ages - including students who are emerging braille readers. These young students, with their small fingers and hands...
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MATT Connect Updates

There is an update coming available later today that will be pushed to all MATT Connect devices. This software update will introduce a three-interface set up:...
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Exploring the Juliet 120: Braille Layout Settings

In part one of this series, we focused on getting started with The Juliet 120 from Enabling Technologies  with a focus on orientation and the Direct Braille...
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My technology iBook

It’s hard to believe summer vacation is over and it’s time to go back to school. One of the many ways we can support our students with visual impairments to...
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Exploring the Juliet 120: Menus, Settings and Options

In part one of this series, we focused on getting started with The Juliet 120 from Enabling Technologies  with a focus on orientation and the Direct Braille...
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Movie Theater Accessibility Compliance

The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) require that patrons have access to movies at theaters through provided caption and audio description devices...
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3D Printer Resources

Neal McKenzie is an AT specialist who works with students with visual impairments and blindness. Neal is passionate about 3D printing and has created a list of...
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Exploring the Juliet 120: Getting Started and an Introduction to DirectBraille

There is usually one in every school.  Or maybe just on everyone’s caseload. The lone blind kid who is super high functioning and keeps up with his or her...
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Completing a Science Research Project using Text to Speech and Magnification

When assistive technology is integrated into the regular education classroom, students with low vision can access print materials to complete science projects...
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Abacus addition, using blind methods

Use both sides of the abacus to add quickly and do math with your peers in class or for homework.
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Fast Facts about Audio Description

Whenever I go somewhere that features a lot of visual information, I always look to see if there are audio description services available so that I can get...
A person in a wheelchair using the Tecla Sip-and-Puff to activate the mounted iPhone.

Introduction to 7 common Adaptive Switches

An adaptive switch enables a person who is physically challenged to activate assistive technology devices in their environment. There are a variety of...
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Amazon Fire TV Stick: An Accessibility Review

Summer’s coming...or maybe for you it’s already here.  As for me, we have one more week of school left. And let me tell you, when that week is over, I’ll be...
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Amazon Echo Dot Kids Edition

Alexa is now a kid-friendly DJ, comedian, storyteller and teacher! Amazon has created a kid-friendly version of the Amazon Dot. This edition is wrapped in...
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A New Twist on Applying Voice Assistants

Voice-activated assistants, such as Amazon Alexa or Google Home, are being integrated into our homes and lives. These are mainstream devices which respond to...
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Bristol Braille Canute: Multi-line Refreshable Braille

Over the past five years, Bristol Braille Technology has been developing the Canute, the world’s first multi-line Braille e-reader. It has been a long and...
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Project Zanzibar

Yesterday, Microsoft unveiled its latest research project, Project Zanzibar. Project Zanzibar blends digital and physical worlds by sensing touch, gestures and...
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How Amazon Alexa Can Help You with Art

I have had my Amazon Echo Dot for over a year now (read my initial review of the Amazon Echo Dot here), and I am always surprised at how much that the Alexa...
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New MATT Connect Tutorial Videos

HumanWare has recently published new tutorial videos for the MATT Connect. The MATT Connect is a magnifier, distance viewer, and an educational tablet with pre...
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Screen Rotation for APH MATT Connect / Humanware Connect 12

If you're a TVI like me and follow the American Printing House for the Blind's (APH) every move for news on new developments and offerings for software and...
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Talking Wand

The world is filled with written word. I discovered this awesome tool to help my students bring words to voice with the touch of a wand. The wand is used to...
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Feelif Creator: Review

Feelif Creator is an adapted tablet (currently a Samsung Galazy Tablet) with special accessible apps that combine haptics (vibrations), sounds, an embossed...
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2C3D: A Tactile Camera

This innovative camera instantly displays the image as a 3D tactile image using small push up pins inspired by 'Pin Toy". The original Pin Toy art, patented in...
Graphiti, APH's full page braille display.

Graphiti Field Testers Needed

UPDATE10/1/18 If you are one of the 200+ people who applied to field test the Graphiti - THANK YOU! APH updated that there are only 36 units available for...
Taptilo: electronic device with refreshable braille cells & individual blocks with popup braille that students can manipulate

Updates for Taptilo, a beginning braille game

  Taptilo is a wireless stand-alone electronic braille device that teaches braille reading and writing. Taptilo syncs with an app on your smart phone, enabling...

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