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Gaming is for Everyone!

Did you know that gaming devices such as Xbox, Playstation and Nintendo Switch have accessibility features?  Yupp- they do… So low vision students can play too...
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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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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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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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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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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...
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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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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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Flip phones for the Visually impaired are still relevant!

In a world of Smart devices, one can really become overwhelmed with so many options and learning curves.  Sometimes, though, you just need to make a simple...
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How Amazon Alexa Can Help You Sleep

I’ve had a lot of trouble falling asleep lately, and have been trying many things to help me fall asleep faster. For the last few nights, I have been trying...
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Choosing Technology Part 3: Printer

Welcome to my new series on choosing technology, where I will be sharing my tips on purchasing devices, with a special concentration on students with low...
eReaders and Low Vision: Why I love eReaders and how they help students with print disabilities. www.veroniiica.org

eReaders and Low Vision

I remember when Barnes and Noble first announced they would be selling their own eReader, the Nook.  The other eReaders on the market at the time had small...
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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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Kindle Fire for Low Vision Review

A few months ago, Amazon did a special where you could purchase a refurbished Kindle Fire 7″ tablet for about $30. Now, I’m a huge fan of the Nook e-reader,...
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Let’s try these Amazon Echo’s 10 tips, tricks and features

Being a user of Amazon Echo if you haven’t tried these amazing tricks and tips then you need to do it now. Once take a glance at these tricks and tips. As we...
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Introducing the Amazon Echo Show

The Amazon Echo has been a hit with adults and students who are visually impaired and/or who have physical impairments. The recently released Amazon Echo Show...
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Way Self-Driving Minivans: Phoenix

Self-driving white minivans are offering free rides to the public in Phoenix, AZ.  Waymo currently has 100 autonomous minivans with plans to increase to 600...
Amazon Alexa, Echo Dot Review: Great for College Students and Low Vision!

Amazon Echo Dot Review

Last month, a new device joined my technology collection, and has quickly become one of my new favorites. I don't have to worry about making it accessible,...
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BARD Express: Easy way to access audio NLS books

The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) has recently released BARD Express - a simplified way to browse and download NLS...

Literacy for the Blind

The following post was originally featured on the Blind With Vision blog. The large majority of individuals are able to read printed materials with their eyes...
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Amazon Echo "Alexa" For People With Disabilities

Amazon Echo is an excellent, accessible tool for people with disabilities.  Connected to the Internet, Alexa is a voice activated device that responds to the...
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EVA: Extended Visual Intelligence Glasses

EVA is a voice controlled eyewear for the visually impaired. EVA's artificial intelligence scans your surroundings and verbalizes text, objects and signs.  EVA...