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Exploring Math with Demos: Getting Started

TVIs - our mission is to help our students learn math and to love learning math! What mainstream, approved digital math tools are you teaching your students?...
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National Homework Hotline for Blind or Visually Impaired Students: Part 2

The National Homework Hotline for Blind and Visually Impaired students (NHH-BVI) was created in response to the school closures due to COVID. (See Homework...
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Google Accessibility Improvements

Google's software update included accessibility improvements! New Shortcut command that instantly toggles Braille Support in Docs, Sheets and Slides...
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Virtual Learning Starter Kit: Windows Computers

As we all get ready to go back to school, especially with either the reality or potentiality of teaching virtually from a distance, many of us are having to...
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Teacher-Created Resource Library!

Finding Solutions Students in today's classrooms are using digital educational materials - especially now with remote instruction, online courses and virtual...
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Graphing for Blind Students Tutorial

Creating and using digital graphs is a challenge for many students with visual impairments. Traditionally, students have received graphs in a tactile format;...
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Tech Standards for Students with VIB: What's Happening

Students with visual impairments and blindness are successfully using technology in the classroom and it is exciting to see how technology has a positive...
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'Twas the Night Before Christmas: Teaching Comprehension

As educators, we often teach basic reading skills, such as identifying letters, words, building vocabulary and spelling. However, when was the last time you...
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Active Braille

The Active Braille is a forty-cell refreshable braille display with cursor router keys, a Perkin’s style keyboard, two triple action keys, and two spacebar...
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Screen Reader Tech Activities: Thanksgiving Lesson Plan

How do you start teaching digital literacy skills to young students who are learning technology?  Memorizing a list of commands is B-O-R-I-N-G! How about...
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So Many Braille Displays, Which One is Right for My Student: Part Seven

NOTE: Please see other posts in this series including: So Many Braille Displays Part One (focusing on the Brailliant BI 40 and BI 80 models) So Many Braille...
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Help! My Refreshabraille 18 is All Jumbled Up!

If you are a Refreshabraille 18 user, you may have, at some point or another, found that your device's braille display is all jumbled up!  My students have...
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Adding Alt Text to an Image in Word for Office 365

Alt Text description of book on the post's featured image: "Microsoft Word document displaying the image of the book cover Frank and Beanswith an alt text pane...
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So Many Braille Displays, Which One is Right for My Student? Part Four

NOTE: Please see other posts in this series including So Many Braille Displays Part One (focusing on the Brailliant BI 40 and BI 80 models) So Many Braille...
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Be My Eyes: Microsoft Tech Support Story

Sam is a tech support agent at the Microsoft Disability Answer Desk, where he answers calls from customers who are blind or have low-vision calling through the...
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So Many Braille Displays, Which One is Right for My Student: Part Three

NOTE: Please see other posts in this series including So Many Braille Displays Part One (focusing on the Brailliant BI 40 and BI 80 models) So Many Braille...
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So Many Braille Displays, Which One is Right for My Student? Part Two

NOTE: Please see other posts in this series including So Many Braille Displays Part One (focusing on the Brailliant BI 40 and BI 80 models) So Many Braille...
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Why the Easter Bunny Brings Easter Eggs: Folktale

This fun European folktale is one explanation of why a bunny brings eggs at Easter. A folktale is a legend or tale that has a moral or lesson and is typically...
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Access to High-level Mathematics Using LaTeX

In my short time as a vision teacher and assistive technology specialist, I have come to appreciate the vast lengths that developers have gone to in order to...
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Orbit Reader 20: Using the Orbit with a Windows PC

NOTE: There are seven other articles in this series that may help you familiarize yourself with the Orbit and its capabilities: Layout and Menu Structure of...
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EquatIO

EquatIO is a math extension that makes math digital. Type, handwrite, dictate, or simply copy a printed math equation; EquatIO converts these math equations...
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The Power of Not Knowing

I was introduced to Braille in elementary school when we knew I had a visual impairment that was impacting my ability to read, but we didn’t have a diagnosis....
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Creating Easy-to-Use Screen Reader Accessible Tests

Attached are a PowerPoint show with step by step instructions and a Word template with instructions as well for creating a test that is very easy to use with a...
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Braille Me: new refreshable braille display

The Braille Me is a new smart braille display by Innovision Tech. This refreshable braille display is a 6-dot, 20-cell display with a Perkins style keyboard...
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Universal Standard for Braille Displays

In this age of technology, braille displays are frequently connected to devices (computers, tablets and smart phones). Braille display manufacturers and...
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JAWS Topics: Helpful Hint for Bluetooth Pairing a Braille Display

The other day I was helping a student of mine get her Refreshabraille 18 braille display paired up to her computer.  She has used it to pair with her iPhone...
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How to Give a Spelling Test Using Google Forms, Sheets and Flubaroo!

Tech savvy classroom teachers in the 21st Century are using Google Forms, Sheets and Flubaroo (add-on) to create, grade and tests, including weekly spelling...
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Strategies for Becoming Tech Power-User!

As educators, our primary job when teaching screen reader skills to students is to teach the basic gestures (tablets), keyboard commands and/or braille display...
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WebAIM Screen Reader Survey #7 Results

Over the years, WebAim has facilitated surveys about the preferences of screen reader users. The 7th survey, which was done in October 2017, received 1,792...
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Seeking field testers for Math Editor

Traditionally, a braille student completes math equations using a manual Perkins Braille Writer. However, 21st Century classrooms are completing assignments...
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Windows 10 version 1709 update for screen readers

On October 17, 2017, Windows 10 Fall Creator's Edition, version 1709 will be rolled out. This is a major update with new features and refines the user...
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Comparisoning devices that support braille displays

In the summer of 2017, the National Federation for the Blind reviewed and compared braille support for the following devices: Windows and JAWS Windows...
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Intro to G Suite Accessibility

Google continues to expand and improve accessibility of Google suite.  Google suite (G suite) is a combination of cloud computing, productivity and...
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Web Language and Terms while using a Screen Reader (Focus on Google Forms)

When using a screen reader, it is quite typical that you will access websites and applications.  On webpages and within apps, you will hear special coding and...
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Using the MAP Assessment with Students Who are Visually Impaired: A Residential School Perspective

School year 2016-2017 was a pilot year for the MAP assessments at the Governor Morehead School for the Blind. As a school, we were looking for a way to provide...
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Accessible Equation Editor: Online Braille Math

As our classrooms become online classrooms, providing digital math in a braille format has been a critical issue.  Math has traditionally been provided as hard...
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Reading Resources

Reading is a passion of mine. I love it! There are many resources out there for visually impaired/blind people. I use a lot of these sources. Here are just a...
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How to Read Math Equations with a Screen Reader on a Windows Computer

In this video, Brice demonstrates the basic commands used to navigate math equations on a Windows machine running NVDA.  The same principles apply when using...
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Nemeth Tutorial: Web-based Curriculum and Activities

APH has created a free Nemeth Code tutorial - a complete curriculum with training activities and practice exercises for first grade through eleventh grade!  ...
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Tar Heel Reader: Create and Read Accessible Books

Tar Heel Reader is a collection of free, easy-to-read books; students can create their own books or selet books created by others.  Tar Heel Reader is a...