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Improvements to Narrator in Windows 10

Microsoft shares the improvements to Window 10's Narrator, the built-in screen reader.  These improvements focused on performance, reliable reading and...
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How to Read Math Expressions with a Screen Reader on a Windows Computer

In this post, you will learn how students can access math materials digitally on a Windows computer using the NVDA screen reader.  Your student will need the...
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Blind Abilities Podcast App

Blind Abilities produces podcasts and blogs dealing with accessibility, technologies, devices and enhancing opportunities in the job market for visual impaired...
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JAWS and MAGic Student Edition Available on Quota Soon!

UPDATE: JAWS and MAGic Student Editions are now available on Federal Quota funds! APH recently announced that JAWS and MAGic Student Editions will be available...
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"Tell Me" feature in Microsoft Office

Having trouble remembering all the commands when using a screen reader, need help when you are stuck or do you want a shortcut to bypass multiple commands to...
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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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LEAP: computer games

LEAP (Listen - LEArn - Play) is a series of three basic computer games designed for students with visual impairments and blindness.  These free games introduce...
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Internet Access

For a huge majority of Americans, Internet access is not that difficult to obtain. However, there are some people, such as my family, who do not have access to...
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NVDA and NVDA listserv: Free Screen Reader for Windows

NVDA (NonVisual Desktop Access) is a free “screen reader” which enables blind and vision impaired people to use computers. It reads the text on the screen in a...
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Kaleigh's Favorite Apps

Between all my devices, I use many apps (applications). However, some awesome apps of mine are all things Google & Google Drive, JAWS & NVDA, and Adobe...
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Tech Recipe: Listen to Your Writing

Writing and editing on screen is beneficial for many students with low vision. A student who may not be using full-feature screen-reading software can learn to...
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ZoomText and ZoomText Fusion: magnification software

ZoomText Fusion is the new software package that provides the features and benefits of ZoomText magnifier plus a full screen reader.  Fusion is perfect for...
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Screen Enlargement and Readers - Teaching Students With Visual Impairments

This introductory article about screen readers provides a brief summary of various screen enlargement and reader programs. For more information, go to Carmen...
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NFB Newsline: iOS app

Read the New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today and other national and international news sources on iOS device using the NFB Newsline Mobile app!  Check...
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Google Accessibility Survey

Has your school gone Google?  Have you or your students found an accessibility bug?  Do you have suggestions on how to make Google better?  Students with...
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Window-Eyes Tutorials

Window-Eyes is a leading screen reading software application for the visually impaired and blind, that converts components of the Windows operating system into...
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SAS Flash Cards: an App for Windows 10

SAS Flash Cards for Windows 10 enables educators and students an easy way to create, learn and share flash cards.  Create your own decks or choose decks...
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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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Windows 10 and JAWS: Basic Demo Video

Dr. Denise Robinson demonstrates Windows 10 with JAWS, including suggested set-up options and a brief of several apps.  The OS 10 Accessibility video also...
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Word Tricks: Email directly from Office and Math Equations in Word

You can email directly from Office, especially Word where most of the work is done. Set Outlook up then when work is completed in any Office product, go to...
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Lessons for Beginners Using Screen Readers

This article explains how to introduce a student - particularly a young student - to using a screen reader.  Sharon demonstrates several fun activities and the...
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iZiggi Document Camera: Accessing Near and Distance Materials Video

In this video, Ting Siu demonstrates how to use the iZiggi Document Camera to access near and distance materials in the classroom.  The iZiggi is a portable,...
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Taskbar Guide for Windows 10

The Taskbar is the long, thin horizontal bar across the bottom of a computer.  The taskbar enables users to launch or open programs through the Start button or...
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Getting Started with Google Docs using a Screen Reader

Google Apps is a collection of applications for online collaboration, organization and productivity.  Many school systems are "Going Google".  Did you know...
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Cortana Tips and Tricks for Windows 10 Users

Cortana is a voice activated intelligent personal assistant for desktop and mobile Windows devices.  Have a question?  Ask Cortana!  Students with visual...
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How to Write Email using Cortana on Windows 10

Cortana is an intelligent personal assistant for Windows.  Have a question?  Ask Cortana!  This article focuses on how to use Cortana to compose, edit and send...
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Getting Started with Windows 10

This link discusses the built-in Windows 10 accessibility features, including  sections on how to make your PC easier to use, hear text read aloud with...
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Accessibility Update for Windows 10 Mail

Microsoft discusses the recent updates in Windows 10 when using a screen reader and plans for future improvements.  Included in this article is how to get...
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Sami Says: Create a Story Web Browser Game

Sami Says is a simple web recorder game for students to easily create verbal stories.  Using the arrow keys, Sami Says encourages very young students and/or...
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Google Translate: Foreign Language Translation

Is your student taking a foreign language class?  Do you need a quality speech synthesizer (voice) that can read foreign languages?  Do you need to translate...
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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...
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Accessible YouTube: for Switch Users

Accessible YouTube enables users to search and watch YouTube videos using two switches or a mouse.  Accessible YouTube has been created by Dr. Gary Bishop and...
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Hark the Sound: Audio Games on the Web

Hark the Sound is a collection of free web games that can be played on computers and tablets.  These games are designed for young students with visual...
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Accessibibyte Aracade: 6 Accessible Games (Windows)

Accessibyte Aracade is a collection of 6 entertaining, interactive games for a Windows computer created for students with visual impairments and blindness.  ...
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Windows Accessibility Guide: Options for Users with Visual Impairments

Microsoft's website has a comprehensive guide to the built-in accessibility features for users who are visually impaired or blind.  Learn what options are...
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Getting Started with Narrator on Windows 8

Narrator is the built-in screen reader for Windows.  Microsoft's website includes information on how to start Narrator, various Narrator settings, gestures and...
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Cortana: Talk to Windows 10

Cortana is a digital personal assistant similar to Siri or Google Now.  The first article discusses how to turn Cortana on and Cortana's various setting...
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How to Manage Accessibility Features in Windows 10

This article discusses how to manage the built-in accessibility settings in Windows 10 including a brief description of each feature.   The various options for...
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Duxbury Braille Translator Updates for Windows 10

Duxbury Braille Translator for Windows 10 (version 11.3) updates include the ability to convert older braille files to UEB, import and export to Microsoft Word...

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