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Inference Activities Part 2: Pictures and Alt Text Image Descriptions

The first Inference post in this series provided fun, hands-on activities including Crime Scenes, Garbage Mysteries and Shoe Pairs. (View Inference Activities...
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Accessibility Review of Bedtime Math Website and App

The developers of bedtime math 'want kids to feel about math the way they feel about dessert after dinner.' Bedtime math is a wacky daily math problem that...
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Work Smarter Not Harder

I had the privilege of presenting at the DC/MD AER conference recently.  There were so many wonderful topics covered at the conference including transition,...
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YouTube Search Tricks

Searching for YouTube videos can be overwhelming! TechGumbo shares some quick tips on how to narrow your search in order to quickly find the desired YouTube...
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NVDA now supports more interaction with charts

NVDA 2018.1 software update includes considerable improvement when browsing with the latest FireFox version and support for more Braille displays. Students...
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Five Resources to Teach Keyboarding Skills

I never lie to my students.  Firstly, it’s demeaning to them as individuals.  Secondly, it doesn’t say much about my abilities as an educator and undermines my...
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Dictation on your Computer: Word, Pages and Google Docs

Dictation, translating spoken word into text, is a popular means for inputting text for text messages. Dictation is accessible with screen readers such as...
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Ten Tech Skills Every College Student Needs

As a college student studying information technology, I have had the opportunity to help many friends and friends of friends with their technology issues over...
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How to Make Keyboards Easier to See

In recent weeks, my friends have been asking me a lot about how to make things on the computer easier to see. They are often working on assignments late at...
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DictationBridge: Voice Input for Screen Readers

DictationBridge is a fully featured FREE, open source add-on for the NVDA and JAWS users. DictationBridge enables users to control their screen reader through...
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Technology Lesson Plans: Excel and PowerPoint

Classrooms are fully embracing technology in early elementary grades. Sighted kindergarten and first grade students might be drawing simple graphs and charts...
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Intro to navigating the Web with a screen reader

Amy Mason is writing a series 'Driving Blind on the Information SuperHighway'.  This cleverly written series is about the use of screen readers in the modern...
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List of Microsoft Accessibility Features: Windows 10 and Office 365

Have you explored all the Microsoft accessibility options for Windows 10 and Office 365? Quick information about each features is available along with a...
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Five Websites that Help Students with Low Vision in the Math Classroom

Almost all of the math classes I have taken in college have either been online or had a significant online component- read more about taking virtual classes in...
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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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HP Sprout For Low Vision Accessibility Review

When I visited my college to set up my disability services file in April 2015 (read more about creating a disabilities file here), my mom and I decided to stop...
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Web Browsing Basics with Screen Readers

If you're like me, the first time you really sat down to learn to use a screen reading program like JAWS on a Windows computer, you felt a little overwhelmed...
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Is Social Media Accessible?

Social media is important to students - including students with visual impairments. Social media is a convenient way to access information, provide information...
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Five Myths about Assistive Technology

As an assistive technology student, I have encountered a lot of interesting assumptions and false information about what assistive technology is (read more...
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Microsoft Badges and Certifications: For Educators and Students

Digital badges are earned by completing and showing competency of additional online coursework on a specific topic. Badges are a way to distinguish competency...
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What's new with NVDA

NVDA (NonVisual Desktop Access) is a popular free screen reader which enables blind and visually impaired users to access computers. Like all software...
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Intro to Chrome & Chrome OS Accessibility Video Series

Many schools are using the Chrome browser (on any device) and/or have adopted Chromebooks. Want to learn more about Chrome and Chrome Operating Systems (OS)?  ...
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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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New Accessibility Features in Windows 10 Fall Creators and Redstone 4

New features for Fall Creators Update Like JAWS and NVDA, keyboard help is now available in Narrator. Press Caps+1 to turn on or off. This feature tells you...
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Pairing screen reader with web browser

Ever wonder why there are odd behaviors when you use a different web browser? These unexpected behaviors may be frustrating for some screen reader users. How...
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Blind Kids Create online inclusive Games: Memor-i Studio

Press Release Athens, November 2017 Imagine playing online games without knowing -or caring- if the other player might be blind. Imagine now that the games...
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Getting Started with Windows Magnifier

When I work with students, families, and teachers, I often recommend learning to use free versions of accessibility software when they are available.  One...
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Hour of Code

Students are living in a digital world - computers are a part of every day life. Just as students need print and/or braille literacy, students also need to...
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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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How to edit default apps with JAWS: video tutorial

 Microsoft understands that users have personal preferences and provides users with the means to change the default settings in built-in apps. You can also...
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Quizlet and Low Vision

In the last two weeks, it seems like every time I turn around, I have another test or quiz that demands my attention- sometimes several in one day. While each...
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Large Mouse Pointer for Low Vision

In a previous article on Windows 10 accessibility settings, I alluded to downloading large mouse pointers for Windows 10.  This article will expand on that...
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How to Fix Magnifier issues after Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

Are you experiencing jerky movements or jumping around the screen when using Magnifier with the Windows 10 update? The Windows 10 Fall Creators update has two...
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How to Make Music Accessible with Microsoft Publisher

I frequently create my own accessible copies of music for band, where I play clarinet. I don't use any specific music software, and instead choose to use...
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Windows 10 JAWS Text Tutorial: Notification Area and Action Center

This is a text tutorial, provided freely by The W-10 and Jaws group, anyone may freely share this file. Author: Jim Flusche This text file is updated to the...
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Make Vision Count: Vision Impairment Starter Kit

On the second Thursday of October, the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness celebrates World Sight Day, which coincides with National Blindness...
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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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Accessing the Periodic Table

In many high school and college science classes, students often encounter the Periodic Table. Typically, it is presented in an inaccessible format, with lots...
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Screen Sharing with Mikogo

Screen sharing is a well known feature in the world of technology.  It is used for presentations, remote PC repair, etc. One application that is relevant in...
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Blinded Guide: an Accessible PC Game

Blind Bob wants to go for a walk around his busy neighborhood; however, there are all kinds of hazards along the way. Listen carefully to guide Bob around  ...

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