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How to Create Accessible Digital Maps Using SAS Graphics Accelerator and Google Maps

This post was updated on July 3, 2020. Summary This post explains how to create non-visual digital maps that contain points of interest such as intersections...
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Splashtop Secure Remote Access, Remote Support and Collaboration Solutions for Educational Institutions

Splashtop Secure Remote Access, Remote Support and Collaboration Solutions for Educational Institutions In researching remote control applications for teaching...
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Virtual Computer Instruction: Lessons Learned

Virtual Computer Instruction: Lessons Learned After almost 4 months of virtual instruction (spring and summer sessions), I am better prepared to offer some...
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How to Create an Accessible Formula Sheet

HOW TO CREATE AN ACCESSIBLE FORMULA SHEET In several of my math, statistics, and data science classes, the professor will provide a formula sheet for quizzes...
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SAS Graphics Accelerator: Maps Software Update

Creating and opening non-visual digital maps has never been easier! The June 22, 2020 user-friendly update has streamlined the process of creating maps and...
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Webinar: Exploring Accessible Campus Maps

Update 6/18/20: The recording of the Exploring Accessible Campus Maps Using SAS Graphics Accelerator webinar is now available! This spring has been challenging...
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Bookshare's #AllInTogether Summer Read-a-thon

Get #AllInTogether for Summer Reading Are you looking for fun and EASY ways to keep your child or students learning this summer? Bookshare’s #AllInTogether ...
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Best Practices for Creating Non-Visual Digital College Campus Maps

O&Ms are off and running with the new non-visual maps, especially during this challenging time of remote O&M instruction! Now that you are ready to...
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Getting Started with Non-Visual Digital Maps

Since I lost my vision, I have not had access to maps. It is true that I get my hands on a good tactile map from time to time. However, those instances are...
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Using Zoom Video Conferencing Platform to Provide People with Visual Impairments Instant Access to Visual Information

Zoom is becoming a leader in video conferencing worldwide and features an accessible interface for use by people who are visually impaired. Zoom can be used...
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Remote O&M Instruction for Students Transitioning to College: Building a Mental Map

Victor is a high school senior who will be attending Elon University for a week this summer for the Odyssey Scholars program and will start full time in the...
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Using a Digital Map for Work Travel

Research Triangle Park is one of the largest high-tech research and development centers in the US and is a model for research, innovation, and economic...
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Teaching a Totally Blind Braille Learner Virtually: What worked and what didn’t

We all have been thrown into the deep end with regard to virtual/distance learning! Some of us had prepared our students and some didn’t. Some of us are tech...
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Remote O&M Instruction for Students Transitioning to College: Getting Started

How are YOU handling the high O&M needs for your soon-to-graduate high school student who is transitioning to college? Ideally, this student would have...
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Ballyland Keyboarding Software: Special Offer!

Special Offer Ballyland Early Keyboarding Home Access License! Ballyland Keyboarding for desktop and laptop computers is a unique software designed to enable...
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SAS Accessibility Webinar: Exploring Accessible Campus Maps

SAS Graphics Accelerator recently released the ability to create and access customized digital maps using their cutting-edge software. With the current school...
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SAS Graphics Accelerator Maps: Student Uploading and Accessing Maps

In his post, How to Create Accessible Digital Maps Using SAS Graphics Accelerator and Google Maps, Ed shared how to create accessible digital maps. In this...
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Zoom 101: Basic Steps for Using Zoom

In recent times, there has been a huge increase in the use of video conferencing software.  So many educators and other professionals have been required to...
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Remote Desktop Applications for Distance Teaching and Learning

Remote Desktop Applications for Distance Teaching and Learning In a previous blog post, Remote Desktop Computer Lab Management Software, I explored the use of...
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Review: Snap and Read

It seems that many teachers and educational administrators’ daily lives now consist of a substantial amount of time researching and testing technological...
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Orbit Teacher App: Remote Learning

The Orbit Reader Teacher app is a free app available for Android devices and Windows computers. Here is what Igor Feinberg wrote about how the Orbit Reader...
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Webinar: Creating Accessible Maps Using SAS Graphics Accelerator and Google Maps

Updated 06.10.20 to include the recorded webinar! About the Webinar  Are you a person with a visual impairment or blindness who would like to access online...
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Webinar: Learn how to create accessible charts, graphs, and maps

Update: The recording of the webinar and the related resources are now available on the SAS website here. I’m a blind professional. I lost my vision about 15...
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Google Meet/Hangouts as a Visually Impaired User

In times like this in society, the visually impaired community needs a way to remain socially distant yet a way to communicate with people in their daily lives...
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TBSVI Short-Term Programs Class Videos

Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired is a leader in our field. For many years, the TSBVI Short-Term Programs (STP) has excelled in teaching...
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Amazon Children's Books and Audio Stories are Free

During COVID-19 school closures, Amazon has made their books and audio stories for children and students of all ages FREE - no subscription! Books can be...
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Using JAWS in Tandem with a Student

There is a built-in feature that comes with JAWS that allows you to connect your computer to your students’ computer over the internet and allows you to hear...
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Companies/Organizations Providing Support and Free Subscriptions during School Closure

As each state embarks on providing remote instruction to students, many companies are providing free training through video conferencing and webinars, as well...
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Using Screen Readers in Google Classrooms

Using Screen Readers in Google Classrooms This post is related to a previous post Learning Management Systems in the Age of Pandemic. Our school decided to use...
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Learning Management Systems in the Age of Pandemic

Learning Management Systems for the BVI in the Age of Pandemic With the new forced paradigm in this world of distance learning, our school, like almost every...
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JAWS, ZoomText, and Fusion: Free Home Use During COVID-19

Freedome Scientific press release (3/24/20). Freedom Scientific today announced its plan to help students and employees in the US and Canada affected by COVID-...
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Preparing Middle School and High School Students with VIB for Remote Learning

Since our state has moved to remote learning while all public schools are closed for a minimum of three weeks because of the Coronavirus, students have had to...
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Tech Lesson Week #1: Presentations (PowerPoint, Google Slides, Keynote)

This is a perfect time for students with visual impairments to learn and master new tech skills; having strong tech skills will have a significant, lasting...
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Virtual Instruction: Zoom Video Conferencing Platform

Zoom is a leader in accessible video and audio conferencing. With school closures, educators are turning to Zoom as a means to provide virtual instruction....
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News by the Numbers: Online Workshop

News by the Numbers: High-Contrast and Nonvisual Access to Data Representations Remote-only workshop with Ed Summers, Director of Accessibility, SAS; and...
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Railway Hero: Accessible Digital Math Game

Join the CyberSquad on a mission to repair the Super Railway after pieces of its track were stolen by the Villain Hacker. This game follows the CyberChase PBS...
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Virtual Schools: Serving Students in Online Education

As a vision teacher/Orientation & Mobility Specialist working for a private non-profit agency, I have had the opportunity to work with several virtual...
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Virtual Instruction: Accessibyte Apps

Accessibyte Online is a series of accessible educational games designed specifically for students who are visually impaired or blind. Accessibyte is compatible...
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Understanding the Text Cursor and JAWS

Working in a text document is a common starting place when introducing young students to a screen reader on a computer. It is a safe, yet feature rich...
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Creating Videos with Visual Impairments

Students are creating videos to use in multimedia presentations in early elementary school. While tech standards vary across the country, by 4th or 5th grade,...

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