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STEM Career Showcase for Students with Disabilities 2020

The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences hosts the 8th annual STEM Career Showcase for Students with Disabilities on Tuesday, November 17, 1:00-3:30pm....
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Introducing the Keyboard - CVI Lesson and Tips

This lesson can be adapted to any age group from about five years and above. You will see this in many of my lessons, why, because this is a tool, use it to...
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White Cane Day Video: Can't Stop Believin'!

How are you celebrating White Cane Day 2020 during this age of social distancing and remote instruction? The students at the Colorado School for the Deaf and...
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Format for Remote Instruction Lessons

The demand for quality accessible lessons is at an all time high during remote instruction and hybrid classrooms. Paths to Technology is building a Lesson...
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Psyched for STEAM: Coding Activities

Crash! Bang! Is it more fun to program your robot to flawlessly complete the course or to "accidently" run into obstacles? Such is the dilemma for students who...
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iOS 14 and Phone Calls

Issue Are you having trouble answering your phone with the iOS 14 update? Several people have asked about an 'issue' related to not being able to answer a...
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Crowd Sourced Lesson Library

Update: The Lesson Library is currently under development (September 2020). Please share your lessons now! What if . . . there is a place to find remote...
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TikTok: Lucy Edwards

TikTok is the recent social media phenomenon in which users share quick video clips. While many of the clips are meant to be humorous, there are "educational"...
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Ten Tech Skills Every College Student Needs for Virtual Classes

Recently, I received a message from a Teacher of the Visually Impaired asking about the most common tech skills for virtual classes that I use in college, as...
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Basic Subtraction - CVI Lesson and Tips

This lesson is a jumping off point to become a unit done in days, weeks, years of learning however necessary. Never take a lesson and end it, keep it going....
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Final Thoughts: A Student's Perspective

The ECC or Expanded Core Curriculum consists of the knowledge and skills needed by a student with a visual disability to access core content areas. Everyone...
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Using Blackboard Ally with Low Vision

This semester, I noticed a new tool within my online classes called Blackboard Ally that could transform the way that I access materials as a student with low...
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What Worked: Remote O&M instruction Ideas

By: Amanda Stolz If you’re anything like me, thinking back to what I did during the Spring for remote instruction and virtual learning is a bit of a blur.  In...
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How Remote Learning is Causing Visual Fatigue

As many of our students with low vision are adjusting to online learning, it is becoming more and more apparent that the screen time is causing some eye strain...
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TVI "Push-In" During Zoom Class

Teachers of the Visually Impaired (TVIs) quietly and unobtrusively teach within the gen ed classroom. Subtle verbal or physical prompts are often needed to...
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Beginning Readers -Sight Words: Lesson, Activities, Tips

The lesson is a jumping off point to become a unit done in days, weeks, and course of the year however necessary. Never take a lesson and end it, keep it going...
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Self-Determination: A Student's Perspective

The ECC or Expanded Core Curriculum consists of the knowledge and skills needed by a student with a visual disability to access core content areas. Everyone...
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Taking Online History Classes with Low Vision

Fun fact- all of the history classes that I have taken since ninth grade have been online history classes. I took my first online history class shortly before...
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It's My Job Podcast #11

In the eleventh episode of It's My Job, Elora, a student in New York, interviews Ginny Owens, an award-winning singer/songwriter, author, and speaker. Elora...
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Recreation and Leisure: A Student's Perspective

The ECC or Expanded Core Curriculum consists of the knowledge and skills needed by a student with a visual disability to access core content areas. Everyone...
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Seven Unexpected Disability Accommodations for Virtual Learning

Seven Unexpected Disability Accommodations for Virtual Learning As a student with low vision, I am used to requesting and explaining disability...
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Math by Ear: Add and Subtract Negative Numbers

Math By Ear is a virtual audio lesson series teaching Math to blind and visually impaired middle school and high school students. This Math By Ear lesson is...
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Math by Ear: Introduction

Something blind students often don't get to enjoy is Math. Whether it is graphs and figures, absence of Nemeth Braille and Math ML material, blind students are...
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Virtual Learning Starter Kit: Quick Assist

Hey everybody, this is now my second post in a new "Virtual Learning Starter Kit" series of posts that I hope to continue with over the course of the school...
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Virtual Learning Starter Kit: Windows Computers

As we all get ready to go back to school, especially with either the reality or potentiality of teaching virtually from a distance, many of us are having to...
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Remote Instruction: Emerging Reader who is Deaf-Blind

Lesson Objectives  After experiencing a story through a combination of visual, tactual, and sign, Student A will imitate at least one sign. After...
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Independent Living Skills: A Student's Perspective

The ECC or Expanded Core Curriculum consists of the knowledge and skills needed by a student with a visual disability to access core content areas. Everyone...
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Remote Instruction using Seesaw for Dual Media Learner

Seesaw is an online platform that had been used by schools prior to COVID- 19 in New Hampshire to communicate with parents and share student work. Once schools...
The ECC Orientation and Mobility: A Student's Perspective

Orientation and Mobility: A Student's Perspective

The ECC or Expanded Core Curriculum consists of the knowledge and skills needed by a student with a visual disability to access core content areas. Everyone...
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Braille Exams for AP Classes during COVID-19

Yes, we all know that COVID-19 flipped our world upside down; we are just learning more about the functional impact of the pandemic on students with visual...
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Ten Form Emails to Send to Your Professors

TEN FORM EMAILS TO SEND TO YOUR PROFESSORS Many of my friends have come to me for advice about how to email professors or ask if an email they have written...
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Our Cooking Adventure is Done... So Now What??

Assistive Tech for The Win! Up to this point, the content we’ve put out on this blog page has mostly about cooking. However, our wonderful meal kit delivery...
"The ECC Assistive Technology: A Student's Perspective"

Assistive Technology: A Student's Perspective

The ECC or Expanded Core Curriculum consists of the knowledge and skills needed by a student with a visual disability to access core content areas. Everyone...
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How to Adapt Bocce for Blind or Visually Impaired

Bocce, an Italian lawn bowling game, is a classic summer game. Played with two teams (1, 2 or 4 people on a team) and four balls per team plus a smaller "...
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Show Your Work: Documenting Independent Student Work

During the period of school closures due to the Covid-19 pandemic, I created online assignments for my vision and O&M students to complete on their own. I...
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Splashtop Secure Remote Access, Remote Support and Collaboration Solutions for Educational Institutions

Splashtop Secure Remote Access, Remote Support and Collaboration Solutions for Educational Institutions In researching remote control applications for teaching...
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Virtual Computer Instruction: Lessons Learned

Virtual Computer Instruction: Lessons Learned After almost 4 months of virtual instruction (spring and summer sessions), I am better prepared to offer some...
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How to Create an Accessible Formula Sheet

HOW TO CREATE AN ACCESSIBLE FORMULA SHEET In several of my math, statistics, and data science classes, the professor will provide a formula sheet for quizzes...
The ECC Sensory Efficiency: A Student's Perspective

Sensory Efficiency: A Student's Perspective

The ECC or Expanded Core Curriculum consists of the knowledge and skills needed by a student with a visual disability to access core content areas. Everyone...
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First Week with the Mantis Q40: What I Have Learned so Far

First Impressions  Like many other folks in the AT for VI world I was very excited when APH started shipping their new braille device, the Mantis Q40.  My...

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