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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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Choosing a Computer Mouse with Low Vision

In the past few days, a lot of people have been asking me about choosing a computer mouse with low vision and how to make computer mice accessible for vision...
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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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Seven Myths about Schools for the Blind

When I visited Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (TSBVI) to talk about assistive technology, I admit that I wasn't sure what to expect from a...
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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...
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New Voice Access for Android

The new Voice Access provides hands-free access for Android, enabling users to navigate, compose and edit text, along with additional interactions, such as "...

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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Caring for a Child with Disabilities Resource Guide

Families are often challenged to find proper care options for children with disabilities. AssistiveLiving.org created a guide that provides comprehensive...
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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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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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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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Introduction to 7 common Adaptive Switches

An adaptive switch enables a person who is physically challenged to activate assistive technology devices in their environment. There are a variety of...
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Technology Assessment: Tips, Tools, and Resources

In the first article in this two part series entitled Technology Assessment: Components of a Meaningful Technology Assessment, we looked at reasons to conduct...
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Vocational Rehabilitation for Students with Vision Impairments

Three years ago, my family and I were preparing for my high school graduation, which was mere days away- read more about graduation ceremonies for people with...
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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...
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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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How to be an ally for disabled friends

This post is dedicated to S, who helps to advocate for acceptance, not just awareness for disabled friends Whenever I speak at conferences or on panels, I...
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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...
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Easter Egg Hunt for students with visual impairments

There are several different types of commercial Easter Eggs that enable students with visual impairments to join in the fun. Beeping Eggs Traditional beeping...
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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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List of Microsoft Accessibility Features: Windows 10 and Office 365

Have you explored all the Microsoft accessibility options for Windows 10 and Office 365? Quick information about each features is available along with a...
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Why To Attend Therapy Dog Reading Programs

Dedicated to beagle butt, who attended over 50 therapy dog reading programs and helped dozens of children be comfortable around dogs. This week, a news story...
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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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Transitioning to a 504 Plan Before Graduation

The best advice my mom and I ever received about my disability accommodations was that we should transition to a 504 plan right before graduating from high...
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Web Accessibility Proposed Regulations Withdrawn

As educators working with students who are visually impaired, we are very aware of accessibility issues, especially website accessibility. In recent years,...
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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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