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Smart Developments in Braille Technology

For quite a while, assistive technology devices produced for students with visual impairments and blindness have tended to be dedicated devices.  That is, they...
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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...
Three colorful Taptilo Block Key Chains: each block has 6 pins that push in or out to create braille letters.

Taptilo Blocks: Braille Cell Key Chain

Taptilo Blocks are now publically available!  Each colorful block is a jumbo braille cell - the perfect size for little hands to hold and play with.  The pins...
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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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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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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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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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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...
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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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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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10 Free Book Apps for Preschool Kids: iOS

iGameMom has reviewed over a hundred free apps and has created this list of 10 favorite free book apps for preschoolers. Read the 10 Free Book Apps Preschool...
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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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Braille Bee Spelling App Review: iOS app

Does your student love learning and practicing Braille letters with the Exploring Braille with Madilyn and Ruff app?  Sensory Sun has released and exciting new...
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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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Interactive Nursery Rhyme Activities: iOS and Android App for Students with Low Vision

Nursery rhymes are an important part of early childhood development -  interactive nursery rhymes with activities are even better!  Young children are...
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Unite for Literacy: Free Digital Picture Books

Unite for Literacy has a mission: to provide a world where all children have access to an abundance of books that celebrate their languages and cultures and...
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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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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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Bob Books Reading Magic Lite: iOS app for students with low vision

Bob Books Reading Magic Lite is a free app created to help students learn to read and spell.  This app is appropriate for emerging readers who are low vision;...
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...
APH's Refreshable Tactile Graphics Display prototype with 20 x 32 pin display with braille input keys below.

Refreshable Tactile Graphics Display: Making On-Screen Images Accessible!

APH has partnered with Orbit Research to develop the revolutionary Refreshable Tactile Graphics Display (RTGD) - a braille display that produces tactile...
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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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Whizzy Kids Tracing App: iOS

The Whizzy Kids app is a series of fun games for 3 - 5 year old students.  Five games are free with additional games available with in-app purchases.  These...
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Using iOS Tracing Apps: Young Students with Blind Spot(s)

It can be challenging to understand how a scotoma – a blind spot – impacts a young student in the classroom.  A young student or a student with multiple...
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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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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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Taptic-edu: a Smart Braille Coaching Device

OHFA TECH is excited to announce a smart Braille coaching device for teaching and learning Braille efficiently. The Taptic-edu is the new generation of...
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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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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...
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Exploring Braille with Madilyn and Ruff: iOS app

Exploring Braille with Madilyn and Ruff is a fantastic app created for emerging braille students.  Pairing the iPad with a refreshable braille display enables...

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