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Microsoft "To-Do" Task Manager Accessibility

Microsoft To-Do is an intelligent task management app that makes it easy to plan and manage your day. As educators - especially itinerant TVIs and COMS - it is...
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Preparing a Low Vision Student to Use a Screen Reader

This is the second post in the screen reader for low vision series. The first post, Screen Reader for Low Vision Students? Includes common indicators that a...
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File Management Using "Save As"

Save As One of the most enduring issues teachers will likely encounter with BVI students regarding more advanced computer use is Windows file management. ...

Live Edits in Google Docs

Google Docs "live edits" - the ability to make real-time changes in a document by collaborators - is now accessible to users who rely on a screen reader (...
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Screen Reader for Low Vision Students?

For a variety of reasons, students who have functional vision are often resistant to using a screen reader. Should these students be introduced to a screen...
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Bigger is Not Always Better: Understanding Magnification

Students who have functional vision should certainly use their vision and - when appropriate - low vision tools. For educational tasks, some students with low...
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Ballyland Keyboarding for Desktops and Laptops: A Fun Game for Early Learners

What is Ballyland? Ballyland is a fictional location that most of the apps and programs created by Sonokids take place. There are five familiar characters...
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Sonification: Sounds with Meaning Activity

Sightlings - students with vision - are able to glance at a chart and instantly identify the trend and general information without exploring each data point....
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So Many Braille Displays: Which One is Right for My Student? Part Six

In the previous posts (see above) we’ve looked at a variety of braille displays.  In this installment, we are going to take a look at the fifth generation of...
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Choosing a Habitable Planet: Data Analysis Activity

The year is 2029 and global warming disaster scenarios have become real - temperatures have increased drastically, glaciers have melted and sea levels have...
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Charts and Graphs Skills Review

Part of the SAS Accessibility Team recently taught this activity with students in the SAVVY Transition Program in North Carolina. This post is follows the...
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Using High Contrast Themes in Windows 10

This past month at my internship, I found that I was experiencing a stronger aversion to light than I normally do, so I decided to try using high contrast...
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Keyboarding for Young Children

Earlier this summer, I participated in a summer camp and one of the duties I was assigned was to introduce pre-K and early elementary BVI students to computer...
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UEB Math Online

Pusuant to Diane Brauner’s previous post on "Free Online Braille Math Training Program" , UEB Online’s new Braille mathematics program  introduces primary...
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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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Windows 10 May Update

Developers continuously work on improving their software. Windows 10 (May 2019 release) has numerous accessibility improvements including: Bigger, brighter...
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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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Choosing Wallpapers and Backgrounds with Low Vision

Yesterday at my internship, I was watching someone set up my computer when I noticed that there appeared to be no icons on my computer's home screen. This...
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Text Game Adventures

Looking for BVI accessible games. I discovered a couple of web sites that specialize in text games only, mostly free (important in a cost controlled...
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JAWS Topics: Navigating Menu Bars

In this post, I am going to build upon the basic navigation skills outlined in my previous JAWS Topics post.  We will be providing some information on how to...
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One-Handed Braille Entry to Windows Computers

I’ve got a neat new tip to share with y’all today, and it’s all because my student was confident enough to speak up and correct me after I made an incorrect...
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Google Docs Redux

Google docs In a previous post, I wrote about open source alternatives to Microsoft Office applications, Microsoft Office Alternatives.  However, with the...
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TypeAbility: More than Just an Accessible Touch Typing Tutor

NOTE: Please see other posts in this series including: All About that Base(Line): Strategies on Getting your Student's Baseline Typing Speed Starting...
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JAWS 2019 Updates

JAWS 2019 has many enhanced features that students may find beneficial. Note: there are many additional JAWS enhancements than what is listed below.  Let us...
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JAWS Topics: Basic Navigation

In order to become an independent screen reader user on the computer, you will need to know how to navigate.  Today, I will discuss the most basic skills for...
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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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Microsoft Office Alternatives

A student who is graduating received a laptop for a Christmas present and he asked me about obtaining Microsoft Office or an equivalent for the laptop, the...
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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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Soundbible

Soundbible.com In the eternal quest to provide accessible, interesting educational content to students and, of course, educational content need not necessarily...
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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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I Have VI Technology, Now What?

I had the pleasure of presenting at the 2019 DC/MD annual AER conference.  My presentation focused on common issues that TVIs and service providers faced when...
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JAWS Topics Series Announcement & First Post: Typing Feedback

JAWS Topics Series Announcement Hi there y'all! Allen here from Nashville.  I wanted to put it out there that I have decided that there's no better time than...
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Improved View in MS Word!

Microsoft Word is one of the most used programs in the world, a productivity juggernaut of a program within the Microsoft Office suite.  Inevitably, we are all...
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ACT WorkKeys Accessibility Part II (.pdf conversion for easier accessibility)

ACT WorkKeys Accessibility Part II (.pdf conversion for easier accessibility) After a couple of months working with VI students on ACT WorkKeys (a new version...
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How to Create Custom Keyboard Shortcuts in Windows

Yesterday, I was helping my friend set up their new computer and they asked me how to create custom keyboard shortcuts in Windows. They were telling me that...
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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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Reading Efficiently with a Screen Reader: Reading by Paragraphs

Just as there are many types of books to read, there are also many reasons to read. Reading a textbook or technical article for school/work requires full...
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Remote Desktop Computer Lab Management Software

Remote Desktop Computer Lab Management Software When I became a TVI teaching technology, I was assigned a computer lab/classroom, teaching various basic...
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Google Drive and JAWS: Uploading and Downloading Files

My high school student has an objective on her IEP to use a screen reader to upload files to Google Drive to share with her teachers, as well as download...
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Easter Writing/Tech Activities for Students Who Use Screen Readers

Are you looking for some fun Easter-themed activities? Use these activities to practice tech skills! This is a great way to review tech skills in preparation...

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