Search Paths to Technology

Cartoon image of a grey cat in a purple cat bed with text, "Procreate App: Create Customized Materials"

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....
FutureBot logo with text, "A Goofy Quiz Game"

Accessibyte Arcade: FutureBot

FutureBot is a machine who loves asking bizarre questions to calculate your future. The thing is, he isn’t very good at it. But we admire his passion for...
Picture of the book "That's Not My Bear" book standing up with a brown teddy bear leaning on it.

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...
Cartoon image of Mac pushing a stroller, woman with walker and man in a wheelchair  and "Accessible Places: Google Maps"

Google Maps Introduces Accessible Places

"Accessible Places" is a new feature (May 2020) in Google Maps. This feature lists whether a location has an accessible entrance, seating, restrooms and...
Cover page of Ocean Animals ePub with swimming dolphin, red speaker icon and text, "CVI-friendly ePub and PDF"

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...
Sesame Street character smiles while holding toothbrush and toothpaste

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...
Arrow pointing to screen recording icon in control center

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...
Image of movie projector, film, and action board with text, "Videos"

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,...
Cover of APH's The Littlest Pumpkin tactile book, music notes and text, "Story with Sound Effects".

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...
drawing of a computer with video symboled and lines of text along with print, " Creating Student Portfolio"

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...
Screenshot of a simple GoWorksheet Maker worksheet with marked up Drag and Drop question.

GoWorksheet Maker iPad App

The GoWorksheet Maker iPad App is created by Attainment Company, a company dedicated to serving people with disabilities. This app enables educators to convert...
Text, "STEM Career Showcase for Students with Disabilities. Science Technology Engineering Math. October 15, 2019."

STEM Career Showcase for Students with Disabilities

The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, in collaboration with SAS Institute, will host our annual STEM Career Showcase for Students with Disabilities on...
Screenshot displaying iOS Settings > Accessibility  with VoiceOver, Zoom, Magnifier, Display & Text Size buttons

Sneak Peak at iOS 13!

iOS 12 focused on "under the hood" features. iOS 13, however, is ". . . easily the most power-user-focused iOS update that we have seen in the history of the...
Cough Drop logo "Cough Drop, Every Voice Should Be Heard" and text, "Cough Drop AAC App Review"

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...
image of Aeden concentrating on VoiceOver with his finger on the braille display's joystick.

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...
Microsoft Forms Logo

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...
Smyle Mouse logo

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...
Image of an iPad displaying Switch settings, two round switch buttons, and Tapio switch interface.

iOS and Switch Control: Tapio

Tapio is an iOS switch interface and is used in conjunction with an iOS device and a switch control button. Tapio comes with a lightening adapter. Tapio...
Screenshot of the Bitsboard Match up game: two images of cats on the left, the words, licking, eating and sitting and three boxe

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...
Screenshot from STEM Career Video: Students with lab coats, hair nets and gloves are working with adults  doing lab experiments.

STEM Field Mentors: STEM Career Showcase

A 'role model' is defined as a person who others admire and want to emulate. All students benefit from teachers and professionals who are role models. Students...
Image with text: DictationBridge: A free dictation solution for blind users everywhere

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...
Fingers typing on a braille display beside an iPad displaying Cody's O&M Book.

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...
Screenshot from video tutorial: Laura Palmaro, Program Manager, Chrome Accessibility sitting at a small table with open MacBook.

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)?  ...
Card with QR code and Duck Soup book cover.

QR Codes and Children's Video Books

Storyline Online streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading award winning children's books. These riveting video books are free! Teacher guides/...
Open Sesame logo

Sesame Enable: Touch-Free Phone

Open Sesame is an app that enables users to control and interact with an Android smart phone or tablet using simple head movements. Users who are unable to use...
Screenshot of the Mac's Siri Set up page with set up options.

Using Siri on a Mac

Siri is a built-in "intelligent assistant" that enables Apple device users to speak commands to operate their device and to interact with apps. Siri is often...
Screenshot: Top half of screen shows text & bottom shows onscreen keyboard with line following eye gaze from H to selected T.

Microsoft's Eye-Tracking System Review

Microsoft recently announced the new built-in eye-tracking technology for Windows.  This technology is currently available for beta tesing. Eye-tracking...
Man in a wheelchair with head support operating a computer using Eye control.

Eye Control: Eye Tracking in Windows 10

Microsoft recently announced an upcoming accessibility feature for Windows 10, called Eye Control. This feature supports users with severe motor issues to be...
Makey Makey logo

Makey Makey: STEM activities and lesson plans

Exciting STEM activities are embedded into elementary classrooms. Classroom kits, such as robotic kits, Arduinos and Makey Makey are introducing young students...
Mac computer displaying Paths to Technology post, Unlock Your Mac; woman's arm with Apple Watch touching Mac's mouse.

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...
A father using TapTapSee app on his iPhone to identify a white onion.

How do YOU use Apple Products?

Apple released a series of videos showcasing how individuals with a variety of disabilities have integrated Apple devices and apps with accessibility features...
The Skoog cube is mounted on a wheelchair and a boy is pressing the side of the cube.

SkoogMusic: Accessible Music Technology

Skoog is a musical instrument that anyone can play!  Music and creating music draws and intrigues children; however, most musical instruments can be...
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...
WebSonora_logo

WebSonora App: Android App

The WebSonora app is designed to enable users to easily search the Internet using voice commands and a simplified interface.  Once the app is opened, simply...
Tecla Shield is a small portable box that paired with smart phone, tablet, and/or computer.

Tecla Shield: Use assistive switches to access smartphones and tablets

How can a student with limited mobility use a smart phone, tablet or computer?  One option is the Tecla Shield, a small, portable device that is used by...
Student using technology for digital literacy activities: social media, Internet search, reading, calendar, etc.

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...
"How to customize your tablet with BIG icons."

How to set up an Android tablet for the visually impaired

Learn how to make an Android's home screen more accessible for a user with low vision by making the icons bigger and how to change the background color scheme...
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...
Screenshot of a visually impaired infant gazing at and interacting with an iPad.

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...
Text: "Google Tools for Special Needs" ContolAltAchieve.com"

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...

Pages