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Procreate App: Creating Customized Materials

Tactile images and adapting images to make them accessible in raised line form can be difficult hurtles, not to mention the time consumption they entail....
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Kids Listen: Free Podcasts for Kids!

While looking for public fall-themed educational activities, I came across Kids Listen, podcasts for kids. Kids Listen is unique in that all the content is...
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Reading Remotely

This time of remote instruction has been difficult for our students, families, and teachers. I am trying desperately to meet the needs of my students the best...
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Teacher-Created Resource Library!

Finding Solutions Students in today's classrooms are using digital educational materials - especially now with remote instruction, online courses and virtual...
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Adapted Ocean Animal Book for Student with CVI

For remote instruction, my student with multiple disabilities and CVI receives materials via Google Classroom. Service providers post short videos of fine...
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Creating Engaging Adapted CVI-Friendly Books with Nothing but Free Apps and an iPad

As teachers of the visually impaired, we are always looking for efficient and inexpensive ways to adapt materials for our students with CVI.  This is...
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Remote Instruction Tip: Using Screen Recording on an iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch to Create Engaging Content

Vision providers all across the country are getting creative about providing remote instruction to students with visual impairments. One barrier some providers...
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Tips for Providing Remote Video Instruction for Students with CVI

Background Currently there are many students all across the United States with CVI recieving remote video instruction from classroom teachers and specialists...
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Railway Hero: Accessible Digital Math Game

Join the CyberSquad on a mission to repair the Super Railway after pieces of its track were stolen by the Villain Hacker. This game follows the CyberChase PBS...
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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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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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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...
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Transportation Education Curriculum

The National Aging and Disability Transportation Center (NADTC) has created a free 9 module curriculum that includes videos, downloadable templates and tools....
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One-Handed Braille Entry to Windows Computers

I’ve got a neat new tip to share with y’all today, and it’s all because my student was confident enough to speak up and correct me after I made an incorrect...
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ClaroCom Pro Communication App Review

As many of my students with visual impairments and additional disabilities approach transition, I have really taken it upon myself to find AAC apps that would...
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Sounding Board App Review

As more of my student’s with visual impairments with multiple disabilities get older and enter into the world that requires them to use a multi-modal...
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Podcasts About or For People with Visual Impairments

Podcasts! They are a great way to be entertained and informed. I enjoy listening to a wide variety of podcasts, but recently started exploring ones that are...
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Make A Choice: AAC App Review

I am a big of fan of downloading quick and easy AAC apps to use with my students with visual impairments who are multi-modal communicators with quite a bit of...
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Cough Drop AAC App

I have recently been exploring the Cough Drop AAC app, available on Android and iOS, for several of my students who are both verbal with limited language...
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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...
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More Trucks HD: A Fun and Accessible iPad App!

In my previous position as a TVI, I had the pleasure of working with a delightful young man named Caleb, who has cortical visual impairment and multiple...
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Aeden's Journey on the iPad: Part 2

Lesson 1 Materials used: iPad Objective: Student will know how to handle the iPad. To begin, I started out with a discussion on how we handle the iPad. We...
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Big Bang Patterns: App Review

The Big Bang Patterns app by HelpKidzLearn is a simple cause and effect app designed to encourage students to visually attend and follow slow moving designs...

When Are You Purple?

This iBook delves into the color PURPLE! Using bright colored images and sounds, the book describes Purple as "Royalty and Class" and uses different subjects...
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When Are You Green?

This iBook delves into the color GREEN! Using bright colored images and sounds, the book describes Green as the color of "Nature and Jealously" and uses...
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My Desk: iBook

My Desk is an iBook about what the writer does at their desk including their homework and playing with toys. Each page contains high contrast images and audio...
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Student's Outline for eMail to New 8th Grade Teachers

TVI's Comments This little artifact is written by Pasta Guy while we (his TVI) sat around and chatted about what he needs in classes, and what information he...
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Animals: iBook

This iBook is about animals and where they live (i.e. home, backyard, farm, etc.). Each page shows a different animal or location and plays sounds that...
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Smyle Mouse: Control your computer with just a smile!

The Smyle Mouse enables people with physical disabilities to control and interact with their computer or tablet using small head movements and facial...
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Use of Meaningful Pictures and Sounds for Students with CVI

For eight years I have worked with a wonderful student named Caleb, who has multiple disabilities and Cortical Visual Impairment and is served as a medical...
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A New Twist on Applying Voice Assistants

Voice-activated assistants, such as Amazon Alexa or Google Home, are being integrated into our homes and lives. These are mainstream devices which respond to...
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Technology Assessment: Components of a Meaningful AT Assessment

The first step to knowing where you’re going is knowing where you are.   No, that isn’t a famous quote...just one of those fleeting thoughts that entered my...
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Accessibility Review of Grasshopper Apps

Grasshopper apps provide a variety of educational iOS apps created for students age four and up.  Some of these apps are free while others have in-app...
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06: A Tiny Device to Control iOS Devices

The 06 is a tiny, round Bluetooth device that can be used to navigate and interact with your iOS device instead of VoiceOver gestures. This small device is...
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Dictation on your Computer: Word, Pages and Google Docs

Dictation, translating spoken word into text, is a popular means for inputting text for text messages. Dictation is accessible with screen readers such as...
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DictationBridge: Voice Input for Screen Readers

DictationBridge is a fully featured FREE, open source add-on for the NVDA and JAWS users. DictationBridge enables users to control their screen reader through...
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Snowman Stories: QR Codes

Read aloud stories (video books) and QR codes is a popular way to turn students on to the joy of books. These stories are also a great opportunities to support...
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Brian: Learning to Answer Questions using a braille display

Students who are blind with additional disabilities may struggle to read, write and answer questions independently.  However, mainstream technology such as an...

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