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Procreate App: Creating Customized Materials

Tactile images and adapting images to make them accessible in raised line form can be difficult hurtles, not to mention the time consumption they entail....
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Exploring Math with Demos: Getting Started

TVIs - our mission is to help our students learn math and to love learning math! What mainstream, approved digital math tools are you teaching your students?...
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ObjectiveEd: IEP Meetings

Since the company was founded, it has strived to earn the support of the TVIs and O&Ms. By attending regional and nationwide conferences, holding scores of...
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Scribe for Meetings

Zoom meetings have become the "new normal" for businesses and for classes. Scribe for Meetings is a new tool that enables the meeting host to upload PowerPoint...
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CVI and Assistive Technology

I recently presented on AT and CVI for Perkins CVI Now.  Assistive technology for children with CVI is a personal passion area of mine. Unfortunately, there is...
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Math Melodies App: Young Students

The Math Melodies app is a FREE fully accessible math app created specifically for students who are blind or low vision. The app covers a wide range of math...
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Project Inspire: Spring 2021 Nemeth Courses

Project INSPIRE is a 5 year training grant to support braille literacy for professionals and students to build their skills and knowledge in the braille codes...
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AnimalWatch Vi: Building Graphics Literacy

Endangered animals and invasive species and MATH? This recently released iOS app incorporates motivating content used to build graphics literacy. Tasmanian...
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Tracking and Counting Using Emojis

It can be challenging to think of age-appropriate activities for students with CVI or for students who had additional disabilities. Jessica McDowell, TVI...
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Ballyland Stay Still Squeaky App: Following Directions and Independence

Students giggle as Squeaky rolls in the sand, slides through the mud, plays in paint and more! How dirty can Squeaky get? Stay Still Squeaky is a cute auditory...
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Hearing the Sound of Light

Attention Parents and Teachers of budding astronomy geeks!  Right now, there are blind/visually impaired astronomers, sound engineers, programmers, computer...
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JAWS 2021 Math Support Update

A new feature in JAWS 2021 is the native ability to read math content in Word documents. Below is what Freedom Scientfic writes: JAWS and Fusion now supports...
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ObjectiveEd: Identifying Sounds

Auditory Awareness is defined as a person's ability to perceive and make sense of what is going on around them through sound. Students who are visually...
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Braille Boom Cards

Boom Cards are digital, self-checking, interactive activities. Boom is a platform which enables teachers to purchase, find and/or create digital activities for...
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iOS 14: Screen Recognition

What if . . . everything on the screen was labeled correctly for VoiceOver? What if every button, icon, image and element is accessible? iOS 14 incorporates on...
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Winter Puns: Comprehension Activity

When reading, some students breeze over the words without truly understanding the meaning - missing many of the humorous lines that are weaved into the story....
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2020: The Year in Which Education Changed

As we begin a new year, our thoughts turn to reviewing the previous year and thinking about New Year’s resolutions. On January 3, 2020, Paths to Technology ...
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Google Classroom Using NVDA/JAWS Part 6

Google Classroom enables teachers to create an online classroom space that enables educators to simply creating, distributing, and grading assignments. This...
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It's My Job Podcast #13: Lori Scharff

Welcome to thirteenth episode of the It’s My Job podcast. Jose, a transition student from Colorado, is interviewing Lori Scharff from New York. She is an...
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Reindeer Activities

This time of year, students are dreaming about Santa and his infamous red-nosed reindeer, Rudolph. Does your student with visual impairments know what a...
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Elementary School Classrooms and Low Vision: Designing Accessible Classroom Series

Last semester, I had the opportunity to work with an elementary school-aged student and their teachers to help implement various accessibility tools within the...
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ABC's of iOS: VoiceOver for Kids 3 - 8 Course

Perkins is offering a 6 module (12 weeks) course on how to introduce young children to an iPad running VoiceOver. The online modules are video tutorials...
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Elf Activities: Bringing People Together!

Are you feeling isolated this holiday season? Looking for ways to bring your remote students together? Have family members who are staying home or unable to...
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Math Melodies App Part 1: Addition

Teachers of the Visually Impaired are jumping for joy! Why? Math Melodies is a fully accessible math app covering a wide range of math topics ranging from...
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It's My Job Podcast #12: Annie Chiappetta

In the twelfth episode of It's My Job, Jose, a student in Colorado, interviews Annie Chiappetta who is a retired family therapist and author of poems, articles...
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Dimpl Duo: Toy to Develop Finger Strength

Dimpl Duo by Fat Brain Toys is a fun sensory play educational toy, that can be used increase finger strength and finger isolation. The toy has six silicone...
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Peekaboo Presents App Review

We all adore the classic Peakaboo Barn app by Night and Day. Peakaboo Barn was launched in 2008 and has been in the top 25 kids apps ever since. Have you tried...
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National Homework Hotline for Blind or Visually Impaired Students: Part 2

The National Homework Hotline for Blind and Visually Impaired students (NHH-BVI) was created in response to the school closures due to COVID. (See Homework...
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Santa's Sleigh Ride: Geography & Map Activities

Santa is preparing for his Christmas Eve run to deliver presents to children around the world. Find out how far it is between the North Pole and your house by...
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ObjectiveEd: Cardinal Directions

Cardinal directions are important clues in helping students maintain their orientation to the world around them. ObjectiveEd's Barnyard game is a fun way to...
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Christmas Alphabet Book

Alphabet books are among a child's first exposures to read aloud books and are important first steps to reading. Students with visual impairments should also...
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Google Classroom Using NVDA/JAWS Part 5

Google Classroom enables teachers to create an online classroom space that enables educators to simply creating, distributing, and grading assignments. This...
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STEM Career Showcase for Students with Disabilities 2020

Updated: The STEM Career Showcase Live Recording is now available - see the video at the end of this post! The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences hosts...
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Gus the Ghost and Thanksgiving Poem: Reading Comprehension Activities

What happens when Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas are all mixed together? Find out in this whacky poem! These activities can be done on any device; the...
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Teaching Braille Remotely to a Student with Autism

I wanted to share a success story with remote learning. Last year I had a 3rd grader with no functional vision that I was trying to teach Braille to. He also...
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Teaching iPhone with VoiceOver to Adults

Multiple times each month, I receive emails from people who have a family member with recent vision loss who are seeking information on how to introduce...
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Student Activity: Types of Tech

"My students are going to be pros at technology by the time this pandemic is over!" a TVI exclaims during a virtual conference. Many of our students with...
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Tips to Stay Organized in Virtual Classes

I took over a dozen virtual classes in high school, and about half of the classes I’ve taken in college have been virtual classes as well. As a result I’ve...
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Apple Pay

Apple Pay (and Google Pay for Android users) is a mobile contact payment system and digital wallet service that enables users to pay for products and services...
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Learning Numeric Keypad Layout: Activities

What do calculators, extended keyboards, bank machines, adding machines, checkout at registers, door locks, and phone have in common? Numpads! (Also known as...

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