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How to Check for App Accessibility?

There are so many reasons why YOU (and your student!) should know how to check the accessibility of an app with a screen reader. Here are a few of the most...
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Tech Standards: Why Teach Digital Concepts Early?

Teachers of students with visual impairments or blindness are responsible for teaching so many things. How do you prioritize what to teach when? It used to be...
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The Podcast Experience at KSSB

Podcast team contributors: Rich, Patrick, Brook, Mara, Ajay, Nick, Abrienda, and Evan.   Teacher supports: Jackson Shermer, Bob Taylor Humble beginnings:...
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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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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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AFTER Remote Instruction for Students Transitioning to College: On Campus

In Phase 2 (re-opening with COVID-19), Elon University has started individual college campus outdoor tours and has plans to allow orientation weeks over the...
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ACVREP's Guidance on Remote O&M Instruction

Orientation and Mobility is typically a 1:1, face-to-face lesson. With school closures and social distancing mandates, K-12 orientation and mobility...
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How to Keep Your Zoom Meetings Safe

With all the school closures, video conference calls have become the new normal for educators working virtually with students and for educators to connect with...
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Using Screen Readers in Google Classrooms

Using Screen Readers in Google Classrooms This post is related to a previous post Learning Management Systems in the Age of Pandemic. Our school decided to use...
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Learning Management Systems in the Age of Pandemic

Learning Management Systems for the BVI in the Age of Pandemic With the new forced paradigm in this world of distance learning, our school, like almost every...
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Preparing for Virtual Instruction

Across the country, many TVIs have been using virtual instruction to reach students who are physically located in hard to reach areas or to be more efficient...
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Podcast: College Success Series

The Perkins eLearning to Go podcasts cover a wide-range of topics related to working with students who are visually impaired. The current series, College...
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Bigger is Not Always Better: Understanding Magnification

Students who have functional vision should certainly use their vision and - when appropriate - low vision tools. For educational tasks, some students with low...
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Ten Things I Wish My TVI Taught Me About Transition

Whenever I speak about my experiences with working with a teacher of the vision impaired (TVI) in Virginia Public Schools, people are often surprised by how...
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Get Ready for College: O&M Skills

What O&M skills do high school students with visual impairments or blindness need to know in order to be successful in college or in job situation? Meg...
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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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Back-to-School: Information for TVIs to share with General Education Teachers

By Diane Brauner The new school year is beginning and Teachers of the Visually Impaired (TVIs) are gearing up to work with a new group of general education...
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Facebook: How to Add Image Descriptions

Facebook is a popular free social networking website where people can create profiles, share information, share photos and respond to information posted by...
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Exploring the Juliet 120: Getting Started and an Introduction to DirectBraille

There is usually one in every school.  Or maybe just on everyone’s caseload. The lone blind kid who is super high functioning and keeps up with his or her...
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Riley's Transition to Middle School Video

Transitioning to a new school and tired of all those questions about blindness? Here is a fun way to educate teachers and peers! The goals for this video were...
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Blitab: Android Tablet with 14 Row Braille Display

Blitab is an Android tablet combined with a smart Braille surface.  As an Android tablet, it has Wi-fi, Bluetooth and can run Android Apps. The upper portion...
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Dear Elementary School Teacher: Back to School Part I

I'm one of your new students for the year. You may have read my SAP, 504, or IEP- or maybe I don't have any of those yet. I'm still a little kid, so my support...
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Research from MAP Growth Assessments: MAP Series #3

  In the fall of 2016, NWEA publicly released their accessible version of the MAP growth assessments. Discussions with educators initially focused on the...
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Digital Transitions #1: What You Need to Know and How You Can Help!

Paths to Technology is a Community of Practice, bringing together creative educators, tech savvy students, families and developers.  Together, we can discuss...
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Accessibility of MAP Assessments Series #2: Q&A

In the first Paths to Technology post on the Accessibility of MAP Assessments series, we learned that the Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA) has created...
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E-Bot Pro Review

Over the summer, I had the fun of visiting the assistive technology lab affiliated with the Department of Blind and Visually Impaired. The day I visited, a...
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Is Braille Obsolete?

With accessible smartphones, tablets and computers, is braille becoming obsolete?  To view the full written article, audio clips and podcast, go to Blind Kids...
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BrailleNote Apex: Secure Exam Mode

This snapshot video demonstrates how to use the BrailleNote Apex in the secure Exam Mode which allows the teacher to restrict the access of the Apex to be used...