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Going Nuts about a New School Year

Ask your student his/her "resolutions" for the new school year! This fun activity can be done with an individual student as an O&M or VI lesson or with the...
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Audio Memos App and WH Questions

As Orientation and Mobility Specialists, our caseloads include academic students, students with severe and profound multiple disabilities and students who fall...
24 month old boy sitting at a child's table with fingers pressing keys on an APH 18 Refreshabraille.

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...
Ipad displaying Chapter 3 of A Very Wimpy Kid with two-fingers making the Read All VoiceOver gesture.

Screen Reader for Low Vision Students?

For a variety of reasons, students who have functional vision are often resistant to using a screen reader. Should these students be introduced to a screen...
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Create Books for Students with Visual Impairments Using Tactile Materials

Children are wonderful. There’s an entirely new world to explore, yet they move so fast doing so: they can show interest in book within their first year, and...
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Teaching VoiceOver Gestures: 2-Finger Tricks and Tips

In the first post in this series, we discussed the 1-finger iOS gestures. (See Teaching VoiceOver Gestures: 1-finger Tricks and Tips post.) This post will...
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Ballyland Keyboarding for Desktops and Laptops: A Fun Game for Early Learners

What is Ballyland? Ballyland is a fictional location that most of the apps and programs created by Sonokids take place. There are five familiar characters...
Photo of a BrailleSense Polaris notetaker and the text, "Check Spelling".

BrailleSense Polaris: Check Spelling

BrailleSense Polaris is a braille notetaker with a 32 cell refreshable braille display, Perkin'sstyle keyboard with a backspace and enter key, and a small LCD...
Image: Cover of the book What Can Swim? Includes title and an image of a Golden Retriever swimming in the water.

What Can Swim?

This year, I created over thirty digital accessible books for one of my students using the Book Creator App. Attached is the final book I created using...
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Adding Alt Text to an Image in Word for Office 365

Alt Text description of book on the post's featured image: "Microsoft Word document displaying the image of the book cover Frank and Beanswith an alt text pane...
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Update: Orbit Reader is available through APH

Update: June 20, 2019 the Orbit Reader is available again through APH! After months of ongoing negotiations between the Transforming Braille Group (of which...
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Coding Concepts #2: Brown Bear, Brown Bear

This is a second activity in the Coding Concepts using familiar stories series. See the first post, Coding Concepts: Going on a Bear Hunt which includes a fun...
Screenshot of Thermometers on Vital app with text, "Vital: Accessible Digital Graphics"

Vital: Exploring Accessible Digital Graphics

Vital is a combination of an accessible app that enables students with visual impairments to actively interact with digital images and a website where...
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...
Screenshot of the Accessible Number Line app showing the astronaut placed on the tick mark above the number one.

Accessible Number Line App: University AT project

Issue Number lines are a foundation math skill; number lines help students visualize number sequences and demonstrate strategies for counting, comparing,...
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So Many Braille Displays, Which One is Right for My Student? Part Five

NOTE: Please see other posts in this series including So Many Braille Displays Part One (focusing on the Brailliant BI 40 and BI 80 models) So Many Braille...
Screenshot of Sonitunes, Games page with a finger dragging down a line matching "a" to Apple & text, "Accessible Digital Line"

Sonitunes (Digital Lines App): University AT Project

As we transition to digital education materials, developers are facing new types of accessibility challenges. Traditionally, graphics have been produced...
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Aeden's Journey on the iPad: Part 5

Lesson 12: I can link the iPad to the RFB display independently. Materials Needed iPad RFB or Braille Display Objective The student will be able to...
Cover of the book, Noelle the Cat. The print title and picture of a fluffy white cat sitting at a window are on the cover.

Noelle the Cat ePub

This month I created six more digital accessible books for my kindergarten student using the Book Creator App. Attached is an ePub file of my version of the...
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So Many Braille Displays, Which One is Right for My Student? Part Four

NOTE: Please see other posts in this series including So Many Braille Displays Part One (focusing on the Brailliant BI 40 and BI 80 models) So Many Braille...
Lego Braille Bricks kit (container filled with braille legos) and text, "Lego Braille Bricks"

Lego Braille Bricks

Lego unveiled today (April 24, 2019) the Lego Braille Brick project targeting braille literacy. The Braille Bricks are fully compatible with other Legos....
Image of a hand on the iPad screen demonstrating the split tap gesture and text, "Drag and Split Tap."

The Unknown Gesture: Split Tap

VoiceOver iOS users are very familiar with the basic swipe and double tap gestures; most users are incredibly fast when swiping through apps on the Home screen...
Laugh and Learn logo and text, "Laugh and Learn Animal Sounds App Review"

Laugh and Learn Animal Sounds App Review

Laugh and Learn Animal Sounds by Fisher Price is a free iOS app. The app is self-voicing and can be played by young students who are blind. It is does not...
Photo of Egg Cartons with Easter eggs and annotated arrows showing path; Text, "Egg carton Unplugged Coding Activity"

Egg Carton Unplugged Coding Activity

This activity is from Teach Your Kids Code website and is reposted and modified for accessibility on Paths to Technology with permission. On the blog today we...
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...
2 braille displays & text, "So many braille displays: which one is right for my Student? Brailliant BI 14 & Braille Trail Reader

So Many Braille Displays, Which One is Right for My Student? Part Two

NOTE: Please see other posts in this series including So Many Braille Displays Part One (focusing on the Brailliant BI 40 and BI 80 models) So Many Braille...
Brian MacDonald (NBP) and Marty Schultz (Objective Ed) holding the large Touch of Genius Prize check

Objective Ed wins Louis Braille Touch of Genius Award

I had the honor to receive an award on behalf of Objective Ed at CSUN recently. Thanks to the team at Objective Ed, and for the help of advisors: Diane, Anna...
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Laugh and Learn: Learning Letters Puppy App Review

Most apps created for toddlers and preschool children are designed to be entertaining with colorful, non-cluttered layouts, have music/interesting sounds, use...
Photos of Braille Me and Orbit Reader 20; text, "Braille Me vs. Orbit Reader"

Braille Me and Orbit Reader: Braille Display Comparison

For many users, the cost of a traditional braille displays can be an issue. There are currently two options for small braille displays that cost around $500:...
Letter School app logo and text, "Letter School App"

"Letter School" App: learn to write letters and numbers

My students & I love the Letter School app - It is very engaging & kids can do it independently, don't have to rely on adult prompting. Large letters/...
Photo of tactile graphic with Dr. Seuss characters, box, and socks labeled in braille; Text, "Creating Tactile Graphics"

Using iPad, Stylus and Mac to create Tactile Graphics

In honor of National Reading Day, Jessica McDowell quickly created tactile images with braille to help her student better understand the Dr. Seuss story and...
Screenshot of Hop on Pop by Dr. Seuss cover and text, "Hop on Pop Review"

Dr. Seuss: Hop on Pop Interactive eBook App

Read Across America Day is a nationwide reading celebration that takes place every on March 2 - Dr. Seuss's birthday. Classrooms celebrate Dr. Seuss and his...
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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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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...
BrailleBuzz, a black & yellow bee shaped toy for braille readers with honeycomb shaped braille letter keys & Perkins keyboard.

TVI and Kindergartener's Review of the Braille Buzz

When I arrived at school after winter break, I was excited to obtain the BrailleBuzz for my kindergarten student. According to the APH website, “BrailleBuzz is...
Ladybug image and text, "Ladybugs: Accessible ePub Book"

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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Aeden's Journey on the iPad: Part 3

Lesson 8: Using voice over to pause/play speech Materials needed iPad Perkins Smart Brailler Objective To be able to pause/play speech using voice...
Toddler sitting on the floor straddling an iPad. Finger is touching the iPad's screen.

TVI, O&M or Parent? We need testers!

ObjectiveEd, our new company building curriculum-based games for pre-K through 12th grade students, needs testers for the new games. Our first few games are...
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...

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