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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 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...
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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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Teaching a Totally Blind Braille Learner Virtually: What worked and what didn’t

We all have been thrown into the deep end with regard to virtual/distance learning! Some of us had prepared our students and some didn’t. Some of us are tech...
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Active Braille

The Active Braille is a forty-cell refreshable braille display with cursor router keys, a Perkin’s style keyboard, two triple action keys, and two spacebar...
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Screen Reader Tech Activities: Thanksgiving Lesson Plan

How do you start teaching digital literacy skills to young students who are learning technology?  Memorizing a list of commands is B-O-R-I-N-G! How about...
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Help! My VoiceOver is On but it Won't Speak!

One of the most amazing things about screen reading solutions like Apple's VoiceOver is how effective they are at speaking out loud the contents of a device's...
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JAWS Topics: FINDing your way around a Word document

Hey y'all, it's been a while since I last posted but I am excited to get back at it today! I wanted to share a tip or strategy for navigating long Word...
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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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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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Aeden's Journey on the iPad: Part 5

Lesson 12: I can link the iPad to the RFB display independently. Materials Needed iPad RFB or Braille Display Objective The student will be able to...
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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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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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Reading Independent Titles with Kindle Unlimited

Recently, one of my former teachers self-published a novel on Amazon, and my friend asked me if I would be able to read it in an accessible format. Luckily, I...
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Braille Me and Orbit Reader: Braille Display Comparison

For many users, the cost of a traditional braille displays can be an issue. There are currently two options for small braille displays that cost around $500:...
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Access to High-level Mathematics Using LaTeX

In my short time as a vision teacher and assistive technology specialist, I have come to appreciate the vast lengths that developers have gone to in order to...
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BrailleNote Touch: A Glaring Missing Feature

Setting the scene In my work with the Tennessee School for the Blind, I work with many of our classroom teachers regularly to figure out new and improved...
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Two Tips for iOS Voiceover Users

Hey there folks, today I wanted to share two tips with you that address annoyances that I ran into when I was working on braille displays and keyboards with my...
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Zoey the Dog: iBook

This month, my third grade student created a digital book about her dog Zoey. This book served several purposes. Addressing IEP goals to engage in writing,...
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Aeden's Journey on the iPad: Part 2

Lesson 1 Materials used: iPad Objective: Student will know how to handle the iPad. To begin, I started out with a discussion on how we handle the iPad. We...
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iOS 12.1 Misspelled Words

Misspelled words is an iOS feature that alerts users to - you guessed it - misspelled words! A word that is misspelled will visually have a dotted red line...
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Digital Books for Beginning Readers

Beginning print and braille readers benefit from reading books with predictable text or repetitive text. A book with predictable text contains repetitive...
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Orbit 20 Part 2

In the first article in this series, we introduced the layout of the Orbit Reader and proceeded into the basic menu structure.  In this article, we will look...
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Chromebooks: FAQs for TVIs

What are they?  A very common device in classrooms for going online and completing curricular activities. Most classrooms use 9 or 11 inch Chromebooks....
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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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The BrailleSense Polaris: Using the Word Processor

The BrailleSense Polaris is a 32 cell braille notetaker with many features, including a fully functional Word Processor that provides access to a variety of...
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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 Technology to Access the Song "Here Comes the Sun"

The first evening of summer, the song “Here Comes the Sun” popped into my head, as I reflected over the school year and the progress one of my student’s has...
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BARD Mobile Version 1.2: What's new and Noteworthy

I am a voracious reader as well as a strong advocate for literacy. Reading opens our students’ imaginations to a million new worlds and possibilities. That’s...
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JAWS Topics: Helpful Hint for Bluetooth Pairing a Braille Display

The other day I was helping a student of mine get her Refreshabraille 18 braille display paired up to her computer.  She has used it to pair with her iPhone...
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Technology Assessment: Tips, Tools, and Resources

In the first article in this two part series entitled Technology Assessment: Components of a Meaningful Technology Assessment, we looked at reasons to conduct...
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Accessible Digital Picture Books for Preschoolers

Just like their peers, young students with visual impairments and blindness are being introduced to technology at a very early age. Exposure to books -...
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iPads and Preparing for Productivity

Woohoo! I just got an iPad! This is awesome! Err... wait a second, is this it?  What do I do now? The above is likely to be something all of us have thought at...
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Brian: Learning to Answer Questions using a braille display

Students who are blind with additional disabilities may struggle to read, write and answer questions independently.  However, mainstream technology such as an...
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What's New with VoiceOver in iOS 11

iOS 11 have a number of new VoiceOver features that are well described and demonstrated in the video below.  Using a braille display? New braille display...
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What's new in iOS 11 Accessibility

There are numerous accessibility features in iOS 11 that have rarely been discussed. Scott Davert, blogger for AppleVis, thoroughly examines iOS 11...
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Reading Fluency Activities: Elementary Students

Reading fluency is the ability to read “like you speak”. There are three aspects to fluent reading: Accurate reading of connected text at a conversational rate...
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Intro to BrailleSense Polaris

In July 2017, HIMS released the BrailleSense Polaris, a modern braille notetaker that runs on the Android operating system and the Polaris Office Suite which...
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Using the Visual Brailler app as a Digital Perkins Braillewriter

The Visual Brailler iPad app from APH is a handy app marketed as a "simple braille editor."  It is meant primarily to provide visual users with a way to...
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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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