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Tech Standards: Accessing Keynote Presentations with VoiceOver

Young students are being introduced to technology way before kindergarten. Students who are blind and low vision often access teacher-created books and...
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Squigz: Toy to Promote Improvement of Developmental Skills and Independence

Squigz by Fat BrainToys are a fun multi-sensory toy that can help support many developmental skills. As a TVI, part of the job is to be creative in our...
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Freedom Scientific: Student of the Month

Do you have a student who uses a Freedom Scientific device? Showcase your student's success by entering him/her into this contest!  K-12 students in the United...
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Crowd Sourced Lesson Library

Update: The Lesson Library is now LIVE under the Paths to Technology Resource Library. Here is the direct link to the Lesson Library. Note: The Lesson Library...
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Access and Engagement Survey Results

The Access and Engagement Survey examined the impact of COVID-19 on the education of students birth-21 with visual impairments, their families, and...
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Reading Remotely

This time of remote instruction has been difficult for our students, families, and teachers. I am trying desperately to meet the needs of my students the best...
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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...
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Assistive Technology: It's the Law

It's the Law!   As school is ending all across the country, this is a good time to take stock of what we accomplished this school year and what we want to...
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Bookshare's #AllInTogether Summer Read-a-thon

Get #AllInTogether for Summer Reading Are you looking for fun and EASY ways to keep your child or students learning this summer? Bookshare’s #AllInTogether ...
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Access and Engagement Survey: COVID-19 Remote Education for Students with Visual Impairments

We hope you will participate in a survey to help us better understand the challenges and successes students with visual impairments, including those with...
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Book Creator Accessibility Updates

Book Creator is a simple tool that educators, family members, and students frequently use to create fun digital books. Book Creator's latest update included...
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Educational Example of Using Speech to Text and Dictation

When a student becomes frustrated expressing their ideas in writing in their primary learning medium and it has negative implications on learning and their...
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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...
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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...

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...
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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...
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Why To Attend Therapy Dog Reading Programs

Dedicated to beagle butt, who attended over 50 therapy dog reading programs and helped dozens of children be comfortable around dogs. This week, a news story...
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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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Bookshare Receives Funding!

Benetech's Bookshare is a free accessible online library for students with print disabilities. Bookshare is used in over 25,000 schools and school districts...
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The Beach iBook

This iBook is about going to the beach!  Using high contrast images and sounds, the writer talks about playing in the sand, laughing with friends, and throwing...
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When Are You Blue?

This iBook delves into the color BLUE! Using bright colored images and sounds, the book describes blue as the color for "Calm and Sadness" and uses different...
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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...
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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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My Birthday

In this iBook, the writer describes events that happen on their birthday. For each page, there is an image and text describing what they do on their birthday...
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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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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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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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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...
Track a student's typing skills with this typing checklist.

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...

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