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Creating Accessible Books Using Pages

Emerging readers should have access to fun digital books - just like their peers! The books can be read aloud to the student, the student can listen to the...
Cover of the Farm Vehicles book with a dump truck and text, "Farm Vehicles by Stephanie Bissonette"

Farm Vehicles Book

Farm vehicles are essential to keep a farm moving (pun intended). They sound, feel, look and ride differently from each other. Let’s explore a variety of farm...
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Farm Buildings Book

Kids and adults love to learn and experience life on the farm. This book is about 12 farming terms used on the farm or within a farm building. I learned the...
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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...
Coverof the Vegetables book with pepper, zucchini, and carrots with the text “Vegetables” and red speaker icon.

Adapted Books for Student with CVI: Fruits and Vegetables

As the school year comes to an end, I wanted to share the last two digital books I created for my student with CVI who is working on scanning and visual...
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Creating CVI-Friendly Videos using PowerPoint

Who knew that these CVI-friendly videos were so simple to make?!? All you need is a little imagination, PowerPoint and two free web applications. These web...
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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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CVI-Friendly Videos: Resources for Students with CVI

With the recent - and sudden! - school closures due to COVID-19, educators are scrambling to create materials that can be used at home. TVIs have diverse...
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Crosby, Service Dog in Training: iBook

Read all about Crosby, a seven month old Golden Retriever in training with the Wildcat Service Dog Program in Lexington, Kentucky. After a year of training in...
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Alphabetic Word Sign Book for Early Readers

My student has been learning to read high frequency words in braille and alphabetic word signs. She’s had the greatest success reading teacher created...
 Cover page of the digital book Noelle’s Christmas Tree with an image of a Christmas tree with white lights next to a fireplace

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 a digital book titled I am Thankful with an image of four book boxes lined up next to each other on a shelf.

Digital Thanksgiving Book for Early Readers

This month, my student and I created a book about what she is a thankful for using the Book Creator app on an iPad. My student dictated the sentences for the...
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...
Cover page of the book "Little Puppy is Lost" is with a golden retriever puppy laying in the grass.

Digital Book for First Grade Dual Media Learner

This school year, I am attempting to expedite the process of making digital books for my student. I want her to be able to access them independently on her...
iPad with a screen displaying the title page of the book Quack the Duck’s Family and an Orbit Reader 20 braille display on table

Reading Books Created with Book Creator App Using an iPad and RBD

Here is a video demonstrating how to read digital books created using the Book Creator app on the iPad with an Orbit Reader 20 refreshable braille display (RBD...
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Tomb of the Unknown Soldier: iBook

Here is a free, fully accessible iBook dedicated to the Tomb of Unknown Soldier. This iBook explains the purpose behind the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the...
Title page of the a digital book with a tan and white kitten and the title, "What do you like?"

Accessible Digital Kindergarten Books

In the past two months, I have made 15-leveled books from the Reading Street program digitally accessible for my dual media student. Each book was made...
Book cover with colorful Easter eggs and title, " Why the Easter Bunny Brings Eggs" and text, "iBook/PDF".

Why the Easter Bunny Brings Easter Eggs: Folktale

This fun European folktale is one explanation of why a bunny brings eggs at Easter. A folktale is a legend or tale that has a moral or lesson and is typically...
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Five Little Leprechauns iBook and PDF

Paths to Technology strongly supports emerging literacy skills for students with visual impairments. These teacher-created iBooks and PDFs are available for...
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Valentine's Day Puns: iBook

Candy, cards and laughter go hand-in-hand on Valentine's Day! The Valentine's Day Puns book is an accessible digital book full of candy related puns! This book...
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Ladybugs: ePub Book

This accessible digital book was created using iBooks Author. (Step-by-step directions on how to use iBooks Author here.) iBooks Author is currently the only...
Covers of two books: I Can (boy jumping) & My Glasses (pink glasses) and image from book: doll wearing glasses & holding a book.

More Digital Books for Early Readers

Before winter break, I made 8 digital books for my students. Two of the books were Christmas gifts. I adapted and created 6 leveled reading books from the...
Cover of a digital book titled Zoey the Dog. The title and a picture of a golden retriever puppy are on the cover.

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,...
Cover of the digital book titled We Look. A young girl and a boy are holding large bottles of milk to feed a calf.

It Is All About Motivation

Last week, I adapted the book We Look written by Bill Dinardo and Illustrated by Signe Nordin into a digital book for my kindergarten student. She enjoys...
Image of book cover with a red sports car and a small yellow school bus with text, "Things that Go"

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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Using Technology to Support a Dual Media Learner

I have been enjoying teaching a kindergartener braille this school year. As a TVI, I closely collaborate with the special education teacher and classroom...
Photo of 6 year old Aeden tapping the iPad to turn the page in his  Pictello book.

Aedan: Introduction to the iPad and VoiceOver

For 6 year old Aedan, using the iPad is an exciting part of his day. Aedan is in the beginning stages of using the iPad with voiceover gestures and cause...

When Are You Purple?

This iBook delves into the color PURPLE! Using bright colored images and sounds, the book describes Purple as "Royalty and Class" and uses different subjects...
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When Are You Green?

This iBook delves into the color GREEN! Using bright colored images and sounds, the book describes Green as the color of "Nature and Jealously" and uses...
Screenshot from ebook with image of working area in a flower shop and text, "I have a plant maintenance job at Russo's Market."

Crossing Over Boundaries: O&M

At the end of August 2018, I completed an incredible training on O&M Technology Apps, in Brattleboro, Vermont, with Diane Brauner and Ed Summers. After...
Black line drawing of a square house with text, "Welcome to Wyatt's House by Stephanie Bissonette."

Welcome to Wyatt's House: O&M lesson

The challenge put forth to me was to create a mobility lesson while using a high tech app. Imagine my student, a 2 year old child who is totally blind trailing...
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My technology iBook

It’s hard to believe summer vacation is over and it’s time to go back to school. One of the many ways we can support our students with visual impairments to...
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My Desk: iBook

My Desk is an iBook about what the writer does at their desk including their homework and playing with toys. Each page contains high contrast images and audio...
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Animals: iBook

This iBook is about animals and where they live (i.e. home, backyard, farm, etc.). Each page shows a different animal or location and plays sounds that...
Folded long cane with text, "The shaft has 4 sections that allow me to fold my cane when I am not using it."

My Long Cane Book

I initially created a My Long Cane Book with a student who was being introduced to the long cane. The idea came after I had combed the internet for a children’...
Cover of the Clouds iBook with the text, "Clouds, by Lindsey Lanier".

Clouds: iBook and Activity

Learning about cloud types is a common elementary school activity. Students with visual impairments and blindness may or may not be able to visually identify...
Screenshot of the iBook cover, 'A Day at the Beach' by Lindsey Lanier

A Day at the Beach: iBook and Tactile book

Just in time for summer! Are you planning a beach trip? Here is a great beach experience book for young readers. The book talks about many of the sights and...
Image of book cover with the text, Tough Boris by Men Fox, illustrated by Kathryn Brown.

Tough Boris Audiobook

Boris Von Der Borch is a mean, greedy old pirate - tough as nails, through and through, like all pirates. Or is he? When a young boy sneaks onto Boris's ship,...
Fingers typing on a braille display beside an iPad displaying Cody's O&M Book.

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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