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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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Christmas Alphabet Book

Alphabet books are among a child's first exposures to read aloud books and are important first steps to reading. Students with visual impairments should also...
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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...
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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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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...
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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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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...
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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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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...
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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...
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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...

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...
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...
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...
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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Cody's Favorite LOGOs iBook

Cody, a high school student with multiple disabilities due to a traumatic brain injury (TBI), is learning to visually identify and name fast food signs in his...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Open Bookshare book on iPad in iBooks - EPUB Beta feature

Bookshare and EPUB: a great combo! Why EPUB? Getting EPUB through Bookshare opens up new options. We know it is not one size fits all when it comes to...
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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...
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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When Are You Brown?

This iBook delves into the color BROWN! Using bright colored images and sounds, the book describes Brown as "Strong and Stable" and uses different subjects...