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Creating accessible documents for people with print disabilities with Microsoft Office Word 2016. www.veroniiiica.com

Designing Accessible Document with Microsoft Word

It's no secret that I love Microsoft products both inside and outside the classroom- I'm even a Microsoft Office Master Specialist! Over the years, I have...
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Help Make Math Accessible in Microsoft Edge web browser - Your Vote Counts!

A few of us here in the DIAGRAM community have been hard at work coming up with the best way to get accessible math into EPUB and Microsoft’s new Edge web...
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JAWS 2018 and Expanded OCR

Freedom Scientific has expanded the optical character recognition (OCR) capabilitilities in JAWS 2018.  PDF files are often 'images' of the actual text, which...
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Gmail Inbox Filters/Folders

One thing that some busy teachers that I encounter say most often is that they didn’t get or see an email that was sent to them.  There could be two culprits...
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TSBVI's Google Classroom and JAWS Video Tutorials

TSBVI's Short-Term Programs offer technology courses to students through short-term classes and through distance learning classes. What about students who do...
Deirdre Watkins, teacher of the visually impaired

Bookshare: Back to School Series #2

Welcome to the second blog in our Back to School with Bookshare series. These blogs help teachers get a strong start to the school year so they can help their...
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Microsoft Edge Accessibility with JAWS and NVDA

Microsoft Edge is a web browser developed by Microsoft.  Edge is included in Windows 10 and is replacing Internet Explorer as the default web browser on all...
Microsoft Office OneNote: A free note-taking software that integrates every aspect of the classroom.. www.veroniiiica.com

Microsoft Office OneNote

I have used OneNote all through high school and college, and it seems like every update brings more and more exciting features. I have low vision and...
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WhiteNote App: Music Application for Visually Impaired

Music scores are not readily available in an accessible format to students who are taking band and/or music classes. Often the band/music director will...
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NVDA 2017.3 Updates

NVDA, a free screen reader for Microsoft Windows, has recently released their third update for 2017.  This update includes contracted Braille input, Windows 10...
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Low Vision Access in Windows 10

Note: This article is written from the point of view of a teacher of the visually impaired. For a student perspective, please see “Accessibility Settings for...
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Comparisoning devices that support braille displays

In the summer of 2017, the National Federation for the Blind reviewed and compared braille support for the following devices: Windows and JAWS Windows...
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My High School Laptop

My second semester of freshman year in high school (which was in January 2012), I received approval to start using a laptop in the classroom. I had an IEP for...
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Google Forms

One accessibility challenge that some of my Visually Impaired and blind students faced last school year was independent access to the same form of multiple...
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Bookshare: Back to School Series #1

Welcome to the first blog in our Back to School with Bookshare series. Over the next two months, we will publish a series of blogs specifically designed to...
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Microsoft's Eye-Tracking System Review

Microsoft recently announced the new built-in eye-tracking technology for Windows.  This technology is currently available for beta tesing. Eye-tracking...
Choosing Technology: Laptop.  What to look for when buying a laptop, aimed at students with low vision. www.veroniiiica.org

Choosing Technology Part 1: Laptop

Welcome to my new series on choosing technology, where I will be sharing my tips on purchasing devices, with a special concentration on students with low...
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Eye Control: Eye Tracking in Windows 10

Microsoft recently announced an upcoming accessibility feature for Windows 10, called Eye Control. This feature supports users with severe motor issues to be...
Microsoft Office Sway: A free PowerPoint alternative that impresses professors & is accessible. www.veroniiica.org

Microsoft Office Sway: A PowerPoint alternative

Ever since it was first released in 2015, I have found myself using Microsoft Office Sway for many projects in college- at least once every semester.  It's...
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Using and Editing a Microsoft Word Document

Below is a video demonstrating the basic JAWS commands used to navigate and edit a Microsoft Word document. Commands I Used:   Alt + P, O — command to...
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Intro to G Suite Accessibility

Google continues to expand and improve accessibility of Google suite.  Google suite (G suite) is a combination of cloud computing, productivity and...
Microsoft Office Specialist Certification and Low Vision - the most asked about item on my resume.  www.veroniiica.org

Microsoft Office Specialist Certification and Low Vision

I had the opportunity to take a class my junior and senior years of high school that allowed students to test for Microsoft Office certifications. These...
All of the Technology in My Dorm Room.  www.veroniiica.org

All of the Technology in My Dorm Room

I spend almost my entire day using some type of technology. It's very rare to see me without at least two of my devices, and when working in my room, I'm often...
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Why I Brought a Desktop Computer to College

As a student with low vision and chronic illness, my college experience has been very unique. I have learned to rely a lot on technology for my success, and...
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Dolphin Easy Reader: Windows PC and now iOS App

The Dolphin Easy Reader is a free accessible reading app for readers who are low vision, blind or dyslexic.  Simply download your favorite books or subscribed...
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What's in my bag - classroom edition

As a college student with low vision, chronic pain, and chronic migraines, the items I bring to class to help me succeed are often vastly different than my...
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Accessible Coding: What's Out There?

Coding is a lifestyle. In today's digital society there are literally thousands of resources to learn the craft. Whether it be the code that controls the stuff...
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Makey Makey: STEM activities and lesson plans

Exciting STEM activities are embedded into elementary classrooms. Classroom kits, such as robotic kits, Arduinos and Makey Makey are introducing young students...
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Graphing with Microsoft Excel and JAWS

Graphing with Microsoft Excel and JAWS video.To move around the graph, you have two options. You could either click on the graph with your mouse. You could...
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Dolphin EasyReader: iOS app

Dolphin EasyReader is a free iOS reading app with accessibility features for students with dyslexia, low vision or blindness. How does EasyReader compare to...
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Getting Started with Audio-Supported Reading

GETTING STARTED WITH ASR Introduction Audio-Supported Reading (ASR) is a technology-based approach for accessing and working with text presented in either...
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The SBAC Test

Taking the Math SBAC Test Ever since the 3rd grade, you have been tested at the end of each school year. These state tests quiz you on everything you should...
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Web Language and Terms while using a Screen Reader (Focus on Google Forms)

When using a screen reader, it is quite typical that you will access websites and applications.  On webpages and within apps, you will hear special coding and...
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Test-approved Graphing Calculator App

The next generation of graphing calculator - the Desmos app - is available at no cost! This app, which is accessible for users who are blind and visually...
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Using the MAP Assessment with Students Who are Visually Impaired: A Residential School Perspective

School year 2016-2017 was a pilot year for the MAP assessments at the Governor Morehead School for the Blind. As a school, we were looking for a way to provide...
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Microsoft Learning Tools for OneNote: Accessibility Features

One in five students struggle with dyslexia - including many students who are also visually impaired.  Fully integrated into OneNote, Microsoft Learning Tools...
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Window-Eyes no longer being sold

Window-Eyes is no longer available in the US and Canada. Ai Squared is offering current Window-Eyes 9.x users to migrate to JAWS 18 at no cost.  For details...
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Just How Accessible is NWEA’s MAP Test for Screen Readers

It’s Springtime and that can only mean one thing, spring flowers, right?  Not in the school systems.  Springtime in the school systems means standardized...
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Function Keys

Function keys located in the top row of the keyboard provide shortcuts to frequently used commands.  There are twelve function keys on a PC's keyboard.  These...
Converting eBooks into accessible, preferred formats using Codex.

Change eBooks Into Perfect Text: Codex

Using a program called Codex, you can change Kindle, Bookshare, ePUB, other ebooks, and more into Microsoft Word Text. Watch Codex Video by KaleighJRain Editor...

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