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Accessible Digital Writing Journals: Google Slides

Journal writing is an activity that encourages students to become confident writers by giving students the opportunity to practice writing in safe environment...
iOS 11and MmacOS 10.13 beta accessibility features.

iOS 11 preview of new accessibility features

During the World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC), Apple revealed a number of new accessibility features for Apple products that are anticipated to be...
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When Are You Yellow?

This iBook delves into the color YELLOW! Using bright colored images and sounds, the book describes Yellow as "Bright and Happy" and uses different identifiers...
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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...
Book cover:  "The Key to Extraordinary by Natalie Lloyd, a Scholastic book.

Set Students Up for Reading Success This Summer and Beyond

Great readers are made, not born. For students with disabilities, the path to reading greatness may require tools and support. We know the final weeks of the...
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After School I: iBook

This simple iBook is about after school activities. Each page has a clear image of an item from an activity the student does after school along with sounds...
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Adapting iBooks for Children with Multiple Disabilities: Book Creator App

Recently I wanted to begin creating my own iBooks for some of my students with multiple disabilities who also had good use of their functional vision.  I...
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VO Lab App: Learning VO Gestures

Sonokids has just released an exciting new iOS app called VO Lab.  This app is designed for 14+ to learn basic VoiceOver gestures.  The app is interactive and...
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Teaching VoiceOver Gestures with I Hear Ewe App: Activity

Do you have a toddler, preschooler, kindergarten/early elementary student or student with multiple disabilities who is learning to use an iPad? The I Hear Ewe...
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Help Keep Bookshare Funded!

Bookshare funding remains in jeopardy as Congress continues to consider the budget for both the 2017 and 2018 fiscal years. We urgently need your help to...
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Save Bookshare

Author's note- Bookshare, a service that provides large print and Braille digital books for people with print disabilities worldwide, is currently in danger...
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PowerPoint Lesson Plan for Elementary Students

Students are learning to create PowerPoint (or the Apple equivalent, Keynote presentations) in early elementary school.  Here are some simple PowerPoint themes...
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Cinderella: iBook

In this iBook, the characters from the famous Disney book "Cinderella" are identified with their images and sounds that go along with the image. Readers are...
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Creating Digital Accessible Materials Workshop

Your VI students are using technology successfully, but are you and your general education teachers creating accessible materials? Learn how to create...
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Read2Go app Checklist

As TVIs, we tend to download and try various apps in hopes of finding one that fits our student’s needs in a more precise and pointed way.  I have been using...
Kid-friendly search engines.

Kid-Friendly Search Engines and Accessibility

How do you keep students - especially young students - safe when they are doing online research?  Can you prevent students from stumbling across inappropriate...
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Free OnLine Library and iPad to Eligible Students Who Are Visually Impaired

The Lighthouse Guild and Bookshare announce an exciting new student literacy program.  Eligible students with visual impairments or print disabilities will...
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The Alphabet Sound: iBook

In this iBook, each page has a letter of the alphabet with a corresponding object starting with that letter and a sound clip associated with the picture. For...
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Using Dictation in the Classroom: Mac OS and IOS

Dictation is a voice-to-text feature giving students the ability to talk to his/her device rather than type.  Dictation is available anytime there is text...
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The Kids A-Z App

What is the Kids A-Z App? Many elementary schools have subscriptions to Reading A-Z, a resource that provides access to a wide variety of leveled books for...
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Blindfold Sound Search

Blindfold Bird Songs was such a popular matching game that I started getting requests to do a similar game but with animal sounds. Just like Bird Sounds, Sound...
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Listening versus Reading: the Great Debate

"Listening vs. Reading" is a big debate as our classrooms become digital classrooms - especially for students with visual impairments and blindness. Is "...
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Blindfold Games: Braille Spin & Solve

In braille, there are 6 dot positions, where each letter corresponds to a different combination of dots.  For example, the letter “A” is dot position 1, and...
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Apple Introduces their New Accessibility Website

Accessibility continues to remain a top priority with Apple;  Apple kicked off the October "Hello Again" press event with a video highlighting built-in...
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Blindfold Spin & Solve: What just happened?

This is the third blog about Spin & Solve. While the game itself became quite popular - it was the 2nd most popular game after Blindfold Bowling, many...
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Typing Skills Checklist

Teachers - including TVIs - are responsible for tracking each student's progress in every subject and every type of skill.  Especially in this digital age,...
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New on Paths to Technology: Software Updates and Curriculum Pages!

We are excited to announce two new sections on Paths to Technology!  Have questions about new features in iOS 10, TalkBack, NVDA, JAWS, Windows 10 and other...
Holly Jeffries, Teacher of the Visually Impaired, NC with Amare Leggett at the 2016 National Braille Challenge.

Bookshare Member Amare Leggett Finishes Top Ten in 2016 National Braille Challenge

Amare Leggette, an energetic eight-year-old from Eastover Elementary School in Charlotte, North Carolina just finished as a top ten finalist in the 2016...
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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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Using VoiceOver with Bookshare: Mac and iOS

Here are step-by-step instructions on how to use Bookshare running VoiceOver on a Mac or on an iOS device.  Bookshare is a free accessible online library for...
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Typio: An Accessible Typing Game (Windows)

Typio is an accessible typing instructional tool for Windows computers.  Teachers can use Typio's default lessons or they can easily create custom lessons -...
Cody standing at the front door of Sheetz Gas Station.

Cody went to Sheetz: iBook

Cody, a high school student with traumatic brain injury (TBI), uses an iBook to retell his Sheetz Gas Station O&M lesson.  One of Cody's IEP goals is to be...
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Cody: Learning Life Skills through Technology

Cody is a delightful high school student who is learning functional, daily living skills.  Cody is very social, is very willing to work hard, and loves to go...
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Keeble an Accessible Keyboard: iOS App

Keeble is an iOS keyboard app that allows users with fine motor-challenges, switch users and users with visual impairments to type in any app.  The keyboard...
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Ballyland Magic App: Learn VoiceOver Gestures and iPad Accessibility

Looking for a way to introduce students with visual impairments or blindness to VoiceOver on the iPad?  The Ballyland Magic app is an iPad game that is...
Screenshot of the Student Page of the Paths to Technology website; high school student using a magnified computer in his class.

Calling All Students - Paths to Technology Student Page

Hey students!  Have you explored the Student Section of Paths to Technology website?  This is a place for students of all ages with visual impairments and...
Kaleigh reading Braille

Reading Resources

Reading is a passion of mine. I love it! There are many resources out there for visually impaired/blind people. I use a lot of these sources. Here are just a...
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Creating a Google Form Quiz on the iPad

Need to make a quick accessible homework assignment, quiz or test on the iPad?  Use Google Forms!  Google Forms is accessible with VoiceOver for both the...
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Cody's O&M Adventures: iBook

Two high school boys with multiple disabilities created this iBook about their O&M lessons.  Using an iPhone, Cody dictated his sentences in Pages while...
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Interactive Stories

Interactive stories are a great way to motivate young students to practice Refreshable Braille Display (RBD) commands and Voice Over gestures. Each time we use...

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