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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/...
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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...
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How Amazon Alexa Can Help You Sleep

I’ve had a lot of trouble falling asleep lately, and have been trying many things to help me fall asleep faster. For the last few nights, I have been trying...
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Seeking field testers for Math Editor

Traditionally, a braille student completes math equations using a manual Perkins Braille Writer. However, 21st Century classrooms are completing assignments...
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Bookshare Receives Funding!

Benetech's Bookshare is a free accessible online library for students with print disabilities. Bookshare is used in over 25,000 schools and school districts...
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Accessibility of Educational Materials

K-12 classrooms are embracing technology and are working to overcome accessibility issues associated with digital and online educational materials. While there...
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Dysgraphia Accommodations in the Classroom

In recent times, I have been talking to a lot of students who have either diagnosed or suspected dysgraphia. Inspired by this, I have put together a list of...
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Disclosing Disability in College Applications

When I was applying to colleges, I couldn't decide if I should mention that I have a disability. My low vision had been a major part of my life, especially in...
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How to Create Secure and Easy to Remember Passwords

In a cybersecurity class that I took, my professor talked about finding the balance between security and accessibility. It's nearly impossible to create a...
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Cody's Favorite LOGOs iBook

Cody, a high school student with multiple disabilities due to a traumatic brain injury (TBI), is learning to visually identify and name fast food signs in his...
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How to Find Colleges

I've done posts on questions to ask when choosing a college (part one, part two), but it can be difficult to decide what colleges to tour in the first place....
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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...
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STEM Career Showcase 2017: For Students with Disabilities

Tuesday, Nov 14, 2017. 10:00 am - 2:00 pm. The STEM Career Showcase for Students with Disabilities is an annual educational event where attendees meet role...
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Smart Home by Wasserstein: Smart light bulb and smart plug Review

A 'smart home' is a home equipped with appliances, lighting, heating/air conditioning, camera systems, security systems, etc. that can be monitored and...
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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...
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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...
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The Beach iBook

This iBook is about going to the beach!  Using high contrast images and sounds, the writer talks about playing in the sand, laughing with friends, and throwing...
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6 Ways Amazon Alexa can Help with Homework

I love my Amazon Echo Dot (I have a review on it here).  I use it easily thirty times a day as a talking clock, as a news source, for telling me the weather,...
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When Are You Blue?

This iBook delves into the color BLUE! Using bright colored images and sounds, the book describes blue as the color for "Calm and Sadness" and uses different...
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EziSmart: Making the smartphone easy and accessible for all

Written for Paths to Technology by Richard Chan Biz Stone, co-founder of Twitter says: “The mobile phone is the hyperlink of humanity.” While the majority of...
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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...
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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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iOS 11 preview of new accessibility features

During the World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC), Apple revealed a number of new accessibility features for Apple products that are anticipated to be...
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When Are You Yellow?

This iBook delves into the color YELLOW! Using bright colored images and sounds, the book describes Yellow as "Bright and Happy" and uses different identifiers...
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Is that App Accessible or Not? Support Accessibility

The App Store and Google Play are full of educational apps geared for all levels of students.  Mainstream classroom teachers are using these fun educational...
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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...
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Set Students Up for Reading Success This Summer and Beyond

Great readers are made, not born. For students with disabilities, the path to reading greatness may require tools and support. We know the final weeks of the...
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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...
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Using the MAP Assessment with Students Who are Visually Impaired: A Residential School Perspective

School year 2016-2017 was a pilot year for the MAP assessments at the Governor Morehead School for the Blind. As a school, we were looking for a way to provide...
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After School I: iBook

This simple iBook is about after school activities. Each page has a clear image of an item from an activity the student does after school along with sounds...
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Siri and the Visually Impaired: Call Me Apple!

The following is originally from the Blind With Vision Blog. When Apple first introduced the voice assistant Siri with the iPhone 4S in 2011, I can tell you...
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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...
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My Birthday

In this iBook, the writer describes events that happen on their birthday. For each page, there is an image and text describing what they do on their birthday...
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Blindfold Games & Cerebral Palsy

Last week, I received an email from Jim H. telling me how much he enjoyed some of my games and that he thought the Talking Information Center interview was...
Amazon Alexa, Echo Dot Review: Great for College Students and Low Vision!

Amazon Echo Dot Review

Last month, a new device joined my technology collection, and has quickly become one of my new favorites. I don't have to worry about making it accessible,...
Functional, after graduation tech skills for students with multiple disabilities.

4 Ways to Entertain Tech-Savvy "Seniors"

Technology has helped many seniors (senior citizens) stay connected with family, friends and what is happening in the world - even when these senior citizens...
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Help Keep Bookshare Funded!

Bookshare funding remains in jeopardy as Congress continues to consider the budget for both the 2017 and 2018 fiscal years. We urgently need your help to...
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Save Bookshare

Author's note- Bookshare, a service that provides large print and Braille digital books for people with print disabilities worldwide, is currently in danger...
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Choice Making Activities with Switch Apps

In my last post on my Favorite Cause and Effect Switch Apps for Students with Visual Impairments, I mentioned 5 of my favorite apps that are switch accessible...
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Favorite Cause and Effect Switch Apps

As a Teacher of the Visually Impaired working with students ages 5-14 that are multiply impaired in a school with an adapted curriculum, I really appreciate...

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