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5 Blitab tablets each displaying a braille screen; sharing screen, road map, Android Home, brain image & braille screen input.

Blitab: Android Tablet with 14 Row Braille Display

Blitab is an Android tablet combined with a smart Braille surface.  As an Android tablet, it has Wi-fi, Bluetooth and can run Android Apps. The upper portion...
Toddler sitting at a kitchen table with his finger on a glowing iPad screen.

Introducing Technology to Students with Visual Impairments: Toddler, Preschool and Kindergarten

When do you start? Now!  Everywhere you go, people are using technology to text, listen to music, watch a video, play a game, participate in social media,...
Photo of Diane Lurye, a special education resource teacher

Bookshare: Back to School Series #1

Welcome to the first blog in our Back to School with Bookshare series. Over the next two months, we will publish a series of blogs specifically designed to...
drawing of a beach, water and sky above.

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...
Braille display and laptop

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...
blue sky

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...
Screenshot of Google Slides with the writing prompt, "what would life be like if you lived in an igloo?" and image of igloo.

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...
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...
Several whole lemons and one lemon sliced in half.

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...
iPad screenshot with App Store app displaying VO Lab review screen.

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...
Old fashion one room school house.

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...
Book Creator app showing photo of therapy swing with Add button menu open & Start Recording popup feature.

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...
VO Lab logo displayed on an iPad.

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...
birthday balloons

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...
I Hear Ewe logo and text, "Teaching VoiceOver Gestures with I Hear Ewe App"

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...
Bookshare logo

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...
Bookshare logo

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...
PowerPoint slide from the Alphabet Book: Airplane image and sound clip.

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...
Cinderella in her blue gown with sparkles and her name in the background.

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...
Screenshot of iBooks bookshelf full of accessible, educational eBooks.

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...
Read2Go Logo.  Read2Go is Bookshare's iOS library app.

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...
Lighthouse Guild and Bookshare's OnLine library program.

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...
ABC in bright colors.

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...
Screenshot of an iPhone virtual keyboard with the Dictation button (located to the left of the space bar) circled

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...
A-Z logo; Cartoon character robot head.

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...
Free IOS Book apps for preschoolers.

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...
Blindfold Sound Search Logo.

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...
Picture of a girl sitting on Santa's lap.

Braille Santa Letters

Do you have a braille student under the age of 10 who lives in the United States?  Fill out the Santa form and Santa will write a braille letter to your...
Smiling early elementary-age girl with her hands holding bright blue headphones over her ears.

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 "...
Blindfold Spin and Solver app logo.

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...
Screenshot of Sadie Paulson accessing her editing software on a Mac with a switch.

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...
Spin & Solve board with the Movie Title, "Juno".

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...
Screenshot of Unite for Literacy bookshelf.

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...
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,...
Teacher holding a manual while instructing a student to use a three figner swipe command on the iPad.

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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