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Stock chart for Amazon

Activity: Reading line charts that show stock market data

Objective The objective of this activity is to teach your student how to quickly determine the shape and trend of a line chart. We do that by scanning the...
Bar chart showing number of leaves by species

Activity: Create and share a simple bar chart

Objective The objective of this post is to teach your student how to create a simple bar chart and share it with their general education teacher. The post...
Bar chart showing the diameter of planets in our solar system

Activity: Reading bar charts using fun facts about planets

Objective Bar charts are used to compare individual values or measures of categorical data. The objective of this activity is to teach your student how to...
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Essential Keyboard Commands for JAWS

There are hundreds of JAWS keyboard commands. You probably can't learn them all and even if you did you would quickly forget them. What subset is essential for...
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Computer Lab Accommodations for Low Vision Students

COMPUTER LAB ACCOMMODATIONS FOR LOW VISION STUDENTS While it wasn’t officially written as part of my IEP accommodations, my teachers and I worked together to...
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Navigating PowerPoint with keys

Navigating PowerPoint with keys, an accompaniment to my previous post on creating Halloween games in PowerPoint. Note: these instructions presume the use of a...
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Creating a simple Halloween game in Powerpoint

Creating a simple Halloween game in Powerpoint (In order to better understand the narrative below, it may be helpful to view the attachment first, the show...
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Respondus LockDown Browser Accessibility for Visual Impairment

Since the start of my freshman year at my university, I have taken over a dozen online classes- read more about why and how in my post about virtual college...
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Office Lens Commands and Software Updates for Screen Readers

Office Lens converts print to accessible digital materials. Office Lens is the built-in camera available in OneNote (a Microsoft  Office 365 product) that...
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JAWS issue with Chrome 70 release

According to Freedom Scientific, navigating the combo boxes has changed with this week's release of Chrome Browser version 70. The next JAWS update (in...
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Pumpkin Writing Prompts Lesson: Digital Creative Writing

Crisp, cool weather means colorful leaves, hay rides, and pumpkins! Classrooms are decorated with spider webs, pumpkins and corn stalks. These fall themes can...
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New Narrator Guide

Narrator is the native Windows 10 screen reader. With the recent release of Windows 10 (version 1809), comes improvements in Narrator and a new Narrator User...
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Typeability again!

Typeability Although our revered blogmaster, Diane Brauner, posted an excellent review and information about the keyboarding program Typeability typing and...
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Web Design

I am not sure how many tech practitioners out there in blog land have taught web design to the blind and visually impaired but for those who have considered it...
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SAS Graphics Accelerator Tutorial #1: How to

Hi, my name is Esteban and I’m currently a senior in high school. Over the summer, I attended a STEM camp for the blind and visually impaired in North Carolina...
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SAS Graphics Accelerator Video Tutorial #2: Options

Hey it’s Esteban, and thanks for watching my video tutorial. This second video describes how to use customize the Accelerator using the “options” menu. Enjoy...
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Rid clutter from webpage in reader view mode for Firefox

Open a web page and get rid of all clutter and just keep the exact content you want to read. Talking software quickly accesses it and reads thru content...
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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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Google Earth O&M lesson

My student is a 16-year-old high schooler who wants to walk to his friend’s house in a city environment. We have been working on intersections and street...
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My technology iBook

It’s hard to believe summer vacation is over and it’s time to go back to school. One of the many ways we can support our students with visual impairments to...
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Answering Calls with Skype 8: JAWS

As mentioned in previous posts, Skype 7.4 will no longer be supported by Microsoft. Freedom Scientific has been working with Microsoft to make Skype - and its...
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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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Level Up: A summer program for students with visual impairments

Level Up is a summer camp in Wichita, Kansas where middle and high school students with visual impairments learn to use screen readers, magnification software...
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Creating Tactile Graphics with Firebird Software

I’ll never forget the time I superglued my hand to my desk.  I was attempting to make a tactile map and, having run out of Wikki Stix, I was using yarn or...
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Facebook: How to Add Image Descriptions

Facebook is a popular free social networking website where people can create profiles, share information, share photos and respond to information posted by...
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The Windows Right-Click Context Menu

The Windows Right-Click Context Menu There is a plethora of keyboard shortcuts that are available for the visually impaired to utilize on a Windows operating...
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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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Using the Applications Key... With or Without the Key!

Setting the "context" for this post As a visual user of the computer, I use a mouse to move a visual cursor around the screen to click on different items on...
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QR Kids: Back to School/Open House Activity

The QR Kids post was originally posted on The Techie Teacher website. Reposted on Paths to Technology with permission. Have your students create QR Kids by...
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Microsoft is retiring Skype 7.4 - important information for JAWS users!

Microsoft will stop supporting Skype 7 on September 1st. For JAWS users, it is anticipated that Skye 7.4 will no longer connect to the service. JAWS users will...
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Narrator Update: Podcast Demo

In this 30 minute podcast, David Woodbridge demonstrates the new and improved Narrator (MP3) features currently available in the beta version of Narrator....
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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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Completing a Science Research Project using Text to Speech and Magnification

When assistive technology is integrated into the regular education classroom, students with low vision can access print materials to complete science projects...
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JAWS 2018 Updates

Freedom Scientific shares exciting new JAWS updates. Here is a quick list of new features: JAWS Version Number Change - JAWS versions will now be labeled by...
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Windows 10 in S Mode

According to Microsoft's website, "Windows 10 Education in S mode is designed to give schools the familiar, robust, and productive features they count on from...
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Microsoft Forms and Take a Test

As classroom teachers digitize their materials, they need to ensure that these materials are accessible for all students. (To learn more about creating...
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Reviewing Charts and Graphs: SAS Graphics Accelerator

How can students and life long learners access digital charts and graphs? SAS Graphics Accelerator is a free Chrome Extension that enables users with visual...
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Drag and Drop with Jaws talking software and keyboard commands

Start with moving icons around on your taskbar to put them in the order you want using keyboard commands. Then activate them quickly using the windows key and...
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Smyle Mouse: Control your computer with just a smile!

The Smyle Mouse enables people with physical disabilities to control and interact with their computer or tablet using small head movements and facial...
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Get to know PowerPoint with keyboard commands

Great and easy options to create that great presentation for class or job. Editor's Note: This video tutorial provides step-by-step instruction on how to...

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