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Back to School Activity: Accessible Find My Friend

As an O&M, I frequently start the school year with a quick talk to my kindergarten/early elementary student's class. Typically, I share about O&M and...
Screenshot of a print image created with GoodNotes and sim braille for a tactile graphics machine.

Creating Digital Images Part 2: 3 Braille Tips

The first post in this series, Creating Digital Images for Tactile Graphics Machines Part 1, we learned how to trace and/or mark up an image of worksheet or...
Image of large playing cards on black background playing War; text, "War: Greater than and Less than"

Cards for Learning Math: CVI

TVI Lisha Yoch shares how to use the card game War to reinforce the math concepts greater than, less than and equals. Choosing the right deck of cards is...
Highcharst Logo and text, "Accessible. Interactive. Dynamic. Charts and Graphs"

Highcharts: Accessible, Interactive Charts and Graphs

As an educator, I am always seeking information about how to make digital resources accessible for students who rely on a screen reader or who need low vision...
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Multiplication Super Flashcards and NaviLens Activity

The very first set of NaviLens tags designed to help create Super Flashcards is now available free from Teachers Pay Teachers thanks to the generosity of the...
Image of a Mac computer with text, "Getting started with VoiceOver".

Getting Started on a Mac with VoiceOver: Teaching Students

I often receive emails from TVIs (and students) who are new to MacOS and VoiceOver. Yes, learning a new system with a screen reader can be overwhelming! There...
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Creating Non-Visual Digital Maps of Metropolitan Areas

Updated July 10th with best practices for major cities such as New York City. Planning a trip? As things start to open back up, many families are planning get...
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3D Printing the Universe

Despite our very limited abilities to travel to distant objects in outer space that can be thousands of light years — if not millions or billions of light...
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Math Apps and Activities Summary Post for Students K-3rd Grade

Updated June 24, 2021 (Original post was published April 2021) One thing that has been obvious during the pandemic is that even young students need to be up...
graphing activity using two ice cube trays and counting bears in two columns along with associated questions.

Ice Cube Tray Math Activities: Greater Than and Graphing

Graphs are used to present information in a simple way and are used to easily compare information. “Graphing is an important math tool. It is a simple way to...
Colorful Chandra telescope space image of our galaxy with text, " Sonification of Chandra Space Images"

Sonification of Chandra and Hubble Space Images

We can explore the X-ray universe, a kind of light that no human can ever naturally see.  Since human eyes cannot detect X ray light, we have to translate it...
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Spatial Tech Standards 2: Rows

In the first Spatial Tech Standards post, we learned various hands-on activities and apps that can be used to teach spatial terms. This post will focus on the...
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Chandra X-Ray Observatory and Accessible Resources

The Chandra X-ray Observatory is one of NASA’s Great Observatories, along with the Hubble Space Telescope. Chandra detects X-ray light from very hot (millions...
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Introducing Abstract Art Lesson: CVI

This lesson can be adapted to ANY age group. Yes, a three year old can learn about abstract art and start learning artist names. It’s all about exposure. But...
Cat's Eye Nebula image from Chandra telescope with play button and text, "Visual Descriptions"

Visual Descriptions of Space Images

An accessible digital project to help connect users - particularly those who are blind, have low vision, or have different learning needs - with the science of...
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How to Request Accessible Textbooks in College

The other day, one of my friends texted me with an urgent question asking how to request accessible textbooks in college. Their professor had just announced...
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Musical Fingerprints of Wobbly Stars

Hello Everyone! It has been a while but this is the last installment of the Space Telescope Science Institute Astronify Group’s videos about sonification. If...
Julia, a teen with curly shoulder-length hair sitting on her bed holding her cane.

Convos With Julia: Cane Convo

How many of your students fully embrace their cane? At any point in time, this question will popup on social media or in a live discussion among educators and/...
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Tech, Literacy & Education Equity for College Aspiring Learners Webinar

Updated July 14, 2021 to include the recording of this amazing webinar! The Perkins College Success program is sponsoring the free Tech, Literacy and...
7 year-old applying critical thinking strategies while dragging his finger across a row of animals in a Sequencing app.

Using Tech to Develop Critical Thinking Skills

Critical thinking goes beyond memorization, encouraging students to connect the dots between concepts, solve problems, think creatively, and apply knowledge in...
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Learning about Airport/Airport Travel: O&M Activities

With the US opening up after COVID, people are beginning to travel again or to think about traveling. Guide Dogs for the Blind and Seeing Eye have created a...
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Geometry and Tactile Graphics for Students in Grades 3 to 8

Do you have a braille student who is or will soon be taking geometry? Here is a free opportunity to brush up on your TVI-related geometry skills in order to...
Moore Square Map with sonified street highlighted and text, "Map Explore: Digital Maps with Sonified Streets!"

Map Explore: Sneak Peak at a New O&M Game

Going somewhere new? What is the first thing you do? Open your favorite map app and learn about the area and preplan your route. But, what do you do if you are...
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Sonification Summary Page

Sonification is the use of non-speech audio to convey information or perceptualize data. In a nutshell, sounds have meaning. For decades, sonification has been...
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Temple Explorer: A New Directionality O&M Game!

Tap, tap, tap - your footsteps are echoing as you walk quickly through the ancient temple searching for treasure. Warning! Carefully follow the genie's...
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Low Vision Simulator Apps and Frequently Asked Questions

What Are Low Vision Simulator Apps and How Do They Work? Tengo Baja Vision and Tengo Baja Vision VR (Virtual Reality) are two FREE applications available for...
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Creating a Non-Visual Digital Map: Video Tutorial

Are you working with a student/client and want to create a customized non-visual digital map? Do you want to add just the information relevant for a specific O...
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Making Geology Accessible: Free Tactile Image Files

Do you have a student studying rocks, volcanoes, atmosphere, soils, glaciers, water or ecosystems? Geoscience or Earth science is the study of all fields of...
7 Year old making two-finger double tap gesture on Kids Listen podcast app. Text, "Listening, Comprehension & Tech Skills"

Kids Listen Podcast: Practicing Tech Skills

Want to spice up your tech lessons and incorporate educational skills at the same time? This creative Assitive Technology Specialist used the engaging Kids...
Photo of two iPads opened to VoiceOver Practice page and two hands making the 1-finger tap gesture. Text: Synchronized Swimming

Practicing Gestures: Synchronized Swimming Activity

Rote practice is boring! Synchronized swimming is a fun way to practice your VoiceOver gestures, learn what the gestures do, and to build muscle memory. This...
Second grade boy wearing a mask learning over a computer listening to audio graphs. Text, "Demos: Audio Graphs"

Desmos Audio Tracing: Introducing Sonified Graphs

Digital math. (sigh) If you are a teacher of the visually impaired, your first experiences trying to teach math concepts with digital resources was probably...
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How to Find and Fix Issues in Swift Playgrounds When using VoiceOver

Hi! My name is Tyler Sheft. Today, I want to show you how to use VoiceOver to find and fix issues that may come up while coding in Swift Playgrounds. Watch the...
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Tactile to Digital Part 5: Addition and Subtraction

This is the fifth post in a series of how to successfully teach 21st Century classroom skills by pairing tactile graphics with digital resources. In this post...
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Creating Customized Non-Visual Digital College Campus Maps

Your student is transitioning to college or you have an incoming college student who needs orientation to a large college campus. Time is limited and the...
Fiinger dragging across a tactile table overlay on the iOS game, Absolute Positions; text, "Tactile Overlay for a Digital Table"

Tactile to Digital Part 4: Positions in a Table

This is the fourth post in a series of how to successfully teach 21st Century classroom skills by pairing tactile graphics with digital resources. In this post...
Tactile graphic of Math Melodies Add and Delete screen with text, "Tactile to Digital: Math Melodies"

Tactile to Digital Part 2: Math Melodies

This is the second post in a series of how to successfully teach 21st Century classroom skills by pairing tactile graphics with digital resources. In the first...
Tactile graphic of Math Robot screen with braille beside the app with text, "Tactile to Digital: Math Robot"

Tactile to Digital Part 1: Math Robot

Math fact drills with a twist: APH's Math Robot app and it's humorous robot jokes! Students will laugh along with the "know-it-all" math robot and may even...
Screenshot of Macy's Keynote Presentation in Outline view and text, "Creating Keynote Presentation: Outline View"

Tech Standards: Creating Keynote Presentations Part 2

Macy, with Challenge Solutions, shares her tips and tricks on how she creates Keynote presentations on her iPad with VoiceOver. Challenge Solutions is a group...
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BrailleSense 6 Overview: Video Tutorial

This faster and more robust BrailleSense has 32 braille cell with cursor routers and Android 10 operating system. This is an excellent video tutorial by Jenny...
4 year old tapping top of the iPad screen and text, "Spatial Tech Standards: Directional Terms"

Spatial Tech Standards 1: Directional Terms

This series is designed to show how a tablet (in this case an iPad, but the same is true with any tablet) can be used to systematically teach critical...

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