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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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Protect your Tablet!

Working with students may put your tablet at risk from gooey fingers, germs and other potential slimy things, especially if you work with very young students...
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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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Typio: An Accessible Typing Game (Windows)

Typio is an accessible typing instructional tool for Windows computers.  Teachers can use Typio's default lessons or they can easily create custom lessons -...
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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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Keeble an Accessible Keyboard: iOS App

Keeble is an iOS keyboard app that allows users with fine motor-challenges, switch users and users with visual impairments to type in any app.  The keyboard...
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Brian: Learning to Write with an iPad and Refreshable Braille Display

WRITING: In this video, Brian demonstrates how he can write braille letters and sight words using an iPad paired with a Refreshable Braille Display (RBD).  ...
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Ballyland Magic App: Learn VoiceOver Gestures and iPad Accessibility

Looking for a way to introduce students with visual impairments or blindness to VoiceOver on the iPad?  The Ballyland Magic app is an iPad game that is...
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Calling All Students - Paths to Technology Student Page

Hey students!  Have you explored the Student Section of Paths to Technology website?  This is a place for students of all ages with visual impairments and...
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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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Cody's O&M Adventures: iBook

Two high school boys with multiple disabilities created this iBook about their O&M lessons.  Using an iPhone, Cody dictated his sentences in Pages while...
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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 Red?

This iBook delves into the color RED! Using bright colored images and sounds, the book describes Red with not one but TWO chapters identifying red as "Love and...
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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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Layla's Three Preschool Apps Video

In this video, TVI Rachel Heuston Harris demonstrates the three preschool apps that Layla was using in the Paths to Technology post, "Layla: 4 Year Old...
Fingers inputting braille on refreshable braille display.

Brian: Learning to Write with an iPad and Refreshable Braille Display Video

WRITING: In this video, Brian demonstrates how he can write braille letters and sight words using an iPad paired with a Refreshable Braille Display (RBD).  ...
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Brian: Learning to Read with an iPad and Refreshable Braille Display Video

READING:  In this video, Brian demonstrates how he can read braille letters and sight words using an iPad paired with a Refreshable Braille Display (RBD).  ...
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Tar Heel Reader: Create and Read Accessible Books

Tar Heel Reader is a collection of free, easy-to-read books; students can create their own books or selet books created by others.  Tar Heel Reader is a...
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Hark the Sound: Audio Games on the Web

Hark the Sound is a collection of free web games that can be played on computers and tablets.  These games are designed for young students with visual...
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Layla: 4 Year Old Learning VoiceOver and Braille Video

This summary video follows a four year old student as she is learning to use an iPad, VoiceOver gestures and a refreshable braille display.  This 9 minute...
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100 Picture Books with Image Descriptions: Bookshare

Images and image descriptions in books can provide a full multisensory reading experience for young readers with visual impairments and blindness.  Hand...
Image of a smiling 4 year old boy playing Sami Says on the computer.

Sami Says: Create a Story Web Browser Game

Sami Says is a simple web recorder game for students to easily create verbal stories.  Using the arrow keys, Sami Says encourages very young students and/or...
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Refreshable Braille Display Commands for the Emerging Braille Reader: R Chord & P Chord

After introducing a 4 year old student to the “Exploring Braille with Madilyn and Ruff” app, she was hooked. I was able to use the app as motivation for her to...
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Getting Started on the iPad in Preschool

Kids who are blind need access to technology at the same time as their sighted peers. Young sighted children are getting their hands on their parents’ iPhones...

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