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Screenshot of TinyTap app while creating the Spring Flowers interactive book. "Creating Interactive Customized Books & Games"

TinyTap App: CVI-Friendly Books and Games

Did you know that you can create customized INTERACTIVE books and games? Interactive - meaning that you can make an image or area on the screen an interactive...
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Procreate App 2: Activities, Worksheets and Books

These worksheets were created with images I created with the Procreate app (See Procreate App: Creating Customized Materials post) and put into a worksheet...
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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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Kids Listen: Free Podcasts for Kids!

While looking for public fall-themed educational activities, I came across Kids Listen, podcasts for kids. Kids Listen is unique in that all the content is...
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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...
Young girl  reading a teacher-created print/braille book with her hands on the braille.

Teacher-Created Resource Library!

Finding Solutions Students in today's classrooms are using digital educational materials - especially now with remote instruction, online courses and virtual...
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Adapted Ocean Animal Book for Student with CVI

For remote instruction, my student with multiple disabilities and CVI receives materials via Google Classroom. Service providers post short videos of fine...
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Remote Learning Materials: Student with CVI and Multiple Disabilities

As we all begin providing remote instruction to students with visual impairments, we may find it challenging to meet the needs of our students with CVI and...
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Creating Videos with Visual Impairments

Students are creating videos to use in multimedia presentations in early elementary school. While tech standards vary across the country, by 4th or 5th grade,...
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APH's The Littlest Pumpkin Tactile Book and Sound Effects!

Music and sound effects play at just the right time as you read APH's The Littlest Pumpkin tactile book, bringing the book to life! Accompanying sound effects...
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Christmas Themed Book for Early Readers: Noelle's Christmas Tree

In first grade, my student has been learning to visually read lists of sight words. In braille, she practices reading some of the same high frequency words, as...
Cover page of the digital book titled Noelle’s Pumpkin with an image of a fluffy white cap curled around a small orange pumpkin.

Noelle's Pumpkin: Fall Themed Digital Book for Early Readers

This month, I created a pumpkin themed book for my first grade dual media learner using the Book Creator App. Since she loves cats, I wrote a simple story...
24 month old boy sitting at a child's table with fingers pressing keys on an APH 18 Refreshabraille.

Benefits of Using a Braille Display with Emerging Readers

Refreshable Braille Displays (RBD) are peripheral devices that display braille characters, usually be raising and lowering dots through holes in a flat surface...
Screenshot of Thermometers on Vital app with text, "Vital: Accessible Digital Graphics"

Vital: Exploring Accessible Digital Graphics

Vital is a combination of an accessible app that enables students with visual impairments to actively interact with digital images and a website where...
Cough Drop logo "Cough Drop, Every Voice Should Be Heard" and text, "Cough Drop AAC App Review"

Cough Drop AAC App

I have recently been exploring the Cough Drop AAC app, available on Android and iOS, for several of my students who are both verbal with limited language...
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Creating and/or Using Simple Digital Books

I still remember that first picture book that I read - ok, memorized - as a preschooler. I read that book over and over again, to myself, to mom and dad, my...
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Pumpkin Writing Prompts Lesson: Digital Creative Writing

Crisp, cool weather means colorful leaves, hay rides, and pumpkins! Classrooms are decorated with spider webs, pumpkins and corn stalks. These fall themes can...
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Smyle Mouse: Control your computer with just a smile!

The Smyle Mouse enables people with physical disabilities to control and interact with their computer or tablet using small head movements and facial...
Hide and Peep logo: Cartoon yellow chick peeping behind an overturned pot.

Hide and Peep App: Visual Scanning App

Whimsical Peep and his friends peek out from behind items in the tool shed. Can you find them? Tap the spot where the character is hiding! This mainstream...
man sitting at a table viewing a website on a touch screen device.

WebAIM Screen Reader Survey #7 Results

Over the years, WebAim has facilitated surveys about the preferences of screen reader users. The 7th survey, which was done in October 2017, received 1,792...
Toddler sitting at a kitchen table with his finger on a glowing iPad screen.

Introducing Technology to Students with Visual Impairments: Toddler, Preschool and Kindergarten

When do you start? Now!  Everywhere you go, people are using technology to text, listen to music, watch a video, play a game, participate in social media,...
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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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Rain Rain Sleep Sounds App: iOS & Android app for sleeping and anxiety

Many students who are blind or visually impaired have trouble sleeping.  Some students have switched day and night schedules, making it hard to fall asleep at...
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Is that App Accessible or Not? Support Accessibility

The App Store and Google Play are full of educational apps geared for all levels of students.  Mainstream classroom teachers are using these fun educational...
The Skoog cube is mounted on a wheelchair and a boy is pressing the side of the cube.

SkoogMusic: Accessible Music Technology

Skoog is a musical instrument that anyone can play!  Music and creating music draws and intrigues children; however, most musical instruments can be...
Screenshot of Microsoft's Immerserve Reader with large font and the dropdown men with spacing selected.

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...
Using laminated symbols, students learn to select the app the want to play.

Choice Making Activities with Switch Apps

In my last post on my Favorite Cause and Effect Switch Apps for Students with Visual Impairments, I mentioned 5 of my favorite apps that are switch accessible...
R.J. Cooper Bluetooth Super-Switch, a big yellow switch device, that pairs with tablets.

Favorite Cause and Effect Switch Apps

As a Teacher of the Visually Impaired working with students ages 5-14 that are multiply impaired in a school with an adapted curriculum, I really appreciate...
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WebSonora App: Android App

The WebSonora app is designed to enable users to easily search the Internet using voice commands and a simplified interface.  Once the app is opened, simply...
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5 Top Apps for People with Limited Mobility

Do you work with a student who is visually impaired and in a wheelchair?  Here are five must-have apps recommended for people who use a wheelchair followed by...
Student using technology for digital literacy activities: social media, Internet search, reading, calendar, etc.

Digital Literacy for Students with Multiple Disabilities

Digital Literacy is defined as the ability to use information and communication technologies to find, evaluate, create, and communicate information, requiring...
"How to customize your tablet with BIG icons."

How to set up an Android tablet for the visually impaired

Learn how to make an Android's home screen more accessible for a user with low vision by making the icons bigger and how to change the background color scheme...
A student using the touch technique on a sidewalk in a residential area.

HI-Tech O&M Progress Reports

After taking the Hi-Tech O&M professional development class taught by Diane Brauner and Ed Summers through Perkins eLearning, I realized that the...
Screenshot of Unite for Literacy bookshelf.

Unite for Literacy: Free Digital Picture Books

Unite for Literacy has a mission: to provide a world where all children have access to an abundance of books that celebrate their languages and cultures and...
A smart house demonstrating when a car parks in the garage, the lights turn on, the door unlocks. and the thermostat adjusts.

IFTTT (If This Then That) Automation

Automate your house using a IFTTT program.  If This Then That is a recipe that when an identified trigger happens, then a certain action will be performed.  ...
Student tapping on an iPad that is encased in a 3-ring binder's plastic cover.

Protect your Tablet!

Working with students may put your tablet at risk from gooey fingers, germs and other potential slimy things, especially if you work with very young students...
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Book Creator App: Create Your Own Accessible Books on iOS, Android and Windows Tablets

Book Creator is a simple way to create e-books, right on your tablet!  Add text, pictures, video and music, and even record your own voice.  Choose a pen tool...
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Voice Typing with Google Docs: Editing and Formatting

Google Docs has learned a new trick: Voice Typing, the ability to recognize spoken words and commands.  Now, Google Docs via Chrome, can edit and format...
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Google Launches Vision Settings

Google has launched Vision Settings, which will allow users to control specifications such as magnification, font size, display size and TalkBack on their...
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Tar Heel Reader: Create and Read Accessible Books

Tar Heel Reader is a collection of free, easy-to-read books; students can create their own books or selet books created by others.  Tar Heel Reader is a...