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Creating Videos with Visual Impairments

Students are creating videos to use in multimedia presentations in early elementary school. While tech standards vary across the country, by 4th or 5th grade,...
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APH's The Littlest Pumpkin Tactile Book and Sound Effects!

Music and sound effects play at just the right time as you read APH's The Littlest Pumpkin tactile book, bringing the book to life! Accompanying sound effects...
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One Button Shortcuts for Common Chromebook Functions

A common struggle for students with limited motor skills (gross and/ or fine) is meeting the expectation of using a laptop in a 1:1 Chromebook school. There...
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Creating Student Portfolio Webpages for VI and O&M Using Adobe Spark Page

When students with visual impairments attend school, their needs are different from the general population in several areas. As students transition into...
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Educational Example of Using Speech to Text and Dictation

When a student becomes frustrated expressing their ideas in writing in their primary learning medium and it has negative implications on learning and their...
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Read Books from Bookshare in Apple Books

Bookshare, a huge resource for students who are visually impaired, is an accessible FREE online library for students with print disabilities. Recently,...
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Microsoft Forms and Take a Test

As classroom teachers digitize their materials, they need to ensure that these materials are accessible for all students. (To learn more about creating...
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Intro to Chrome & Chrome OS Accessibility Video Series

Many schools are using the Chrome browser (on any device) and/or have adopted Chromebooks. Want to learn more about Chrome and Chrome Operating Systems (OS)?  ...
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Unlock your Mac with the Apple Watch: accessibility feature

Typing the password to unlock your computer can be challenging for many students, especially students who have motor issues and/or are visually impaired. If...
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Guided Access: Locking an iPad into one app

Guided Access enables a teacher or parent to lock the iPad so that a student can only access one app.  This is a great tool during tests to keep a student from...
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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...
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Getting Started with Bluetooth Switches on the iPad

For Teachers of the Visually Impaired who work with students who are Deaf Blind or Multiple Disabilities, using the iPad paired with a blue tooth switch can be...
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Shared Notes on the iPad

Another discovery that I made working with one of my students is the use of Shared Notes.  Within the Notes app on the ipad, live notes can be shared and...
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Digital Literacy for Students with Multiple Disabilities

Digital Literacy is defined as the ability to use information and communication technologies to find, evaluate, create, and communicate information, requiring...
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Infant & Early Childhood Program iPad Curriculum: Junior Blind

In 2012, Junior Blind conducted a six month long iPad study. This study showed that the iPad was an effective tool to use with children with visual impairments...
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21 Chrome Extensions for Struggling Students and Special Needs

Technology is a powerful tool for all students - including students with special needs.  There are many useful Chrome web extensions to improve success for...
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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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Amazon Echo "Alexa" For People With Disabilities

Amazon Echo is an excellent, accessible tool for people with disabilities.  Connected to the Internet, Alexa is a voice activated device that responds to the...
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Changing Accessibility Settings on Computers, Tablets and Mobiles

AbilityNet provides easy step-by-step instructions on how to change accessibility settings on computers, tablets and mobiles to enable users with visual...
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Let's Go Digital: Using Braille Displays with Screen Readers

Many students who attend Short-Term Programs at the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired rely on the use of Perkins braillers and braille...
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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...
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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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Accessibility of Samsung Smartphones and Smart TVs

This video created by Samsung, showcases the built-in accessibility features including settings and gestures - on Samsung smartphones or smart TVs.  These...
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Speak Screen for iOS8 and Above

Speak Screen is another voice option that came out with the iOS8, but its only for low vision. I prefer VoiceOver better, but this is another option.
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Voice Typing with Google Docs: Editing and Formatting

Google Docs has learned a new trick: Voice Typing, the ability to recognize spoken words and commands.  Now, Google Docs via Chrome, can edit and format...
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Google Launches Vision Settings

Google has launched Vision Settings, which will allow users to control specifications such as magnification, font size, display size and TalkBack on their...
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Bookshare Tip: How to Assign Reading Lists

How can you help student access their Bookshare books?  Use Reading Lists to assign books to each student! To add books a Reading List: Log in to your...
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Google Voice Commands

Google has introduced a way for select users to edit documents using their voice. If you use the Chrome web browser with Google Docs, you can speak formatting...
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How to Slow Down the Double Tap Speed on iOS 9.1 Devices

Many students and adults struggle with the speed of the double tap gesture when using VoiceOver on an iPad, iPhone or iPod.  iOS 9.1 has added a setting option...
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Changing Double Tap Speed in iOS 9.1

Apple has created a new accessibility feature that enables users to adjust - slow down - the required speed for creating a double tap gesture.  Some students...
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What's New and Changed in iOS 9 Accessibility for Blind and Deaf-Blind Users

This detailed article discusses new accessibility updates in iOS 9.  There are a number of new braille display commands that match gestures/Bluetooth keyboard...