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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...
PowerPoint slide from the Alphabet Book: Airplane image and sound clip.

PowerPoint Lesson Plan for Elementary Students

Students are learning to create PowerPoint (or the Apple equivalent, Keynote presentations) in early elementary school.  Here are some simple PowerPoint themes...
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Cinderella: iBook

In this iBook, the characters from the famous Disney book "Cinderella" are identified with their images and sounds that go along with the image. Readers are...
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You Belong

Last year, I found myself having a conversation with someone who was not knowledgeable about people with disabilities. They were shocked that I was in college...
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Setting up Amazon Echo

The Amazon Echo is a "smart" wireless speaker that is connected to the Internet and is controlled by voice command. The Amazon family includes the Echo with it...
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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...
Lighthouse Guild and Bookshare's OnLine library program.

Free OnLine Library and iPad to Eligible Students Who Are Visually Impaired

The Lighthouse Guild and Bookshare announce an exciting new student literacy program.  Eligible students with visual impairments or print disabilities will...
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Project Bloks

This article was originally posted on codingBox - a review and discussion site for all things code- and kid-related.   Project Bloks is an active research...
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The Alphabet Sound: iBook

In this iBook, each page has a letter of the alphabet with a corresponding object starting with that letter and a sound clip associated with the picture. For...
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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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Accessible Talking Scientific Calculator: iOS

Are you looking for a fully accessible scientific calculator for your iOS device?  Take a look at the accessibility features of this fully featured Talking...
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Top 3 Favorite iPad Switch Apps

As I have stated in several other posts, iPad switches can be a valuable tool in the educational lives of students with mutlitple disabilities.  Switch...
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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...
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 the BlindSquare iPhone app while traveling on a school sidewalk with her long cane.

Using BlindSquare with students who have Traumatic Brain Injury

Modified Teaching Strategy to Locate a Sidewalk Intersection Teaching BlindSquare has been such a successful part of the curriculum.  I recently taught a...
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5 Top Apps for People with Limited Mobility

Do you work with a student who is visually impaired and in a wheelchair?  Here are five must-have apps recommended for people who use a wheelchair followed by...
NLS: National Library Service for the blind and physically handicapped, Library of Congress: "That All May Read".

Congress Allows NLS to Explore Providing Refreshable Braille Displays

The National Library Service has provided free books in braille and audio formats for patrons who are visually impaired and blind since the Pratt-Smoot Act was...
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...
Kate Bartlett, who has Down syndrome, has been workign as a benefits assistant at Aquent for 11 years; photo by Mark J. Hunt

Tech Jobs for Students with Disabilities

The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that more than half of all jobs require some degree of technology skills.  How does this impact students with...

Bookshare Braille and Digital Formats

Bookshare is an online library of accessible ebooks for individuals who cannot read standard print. The library has an extensive collection of titles that can...
"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...
Smiling early elementary-age girl with her hands holding bright blue headphones over her ears.

Listening versus Reading: the Great Debate

"Listening vs. Reading" is a big debate as our classrooms become digital classrooms - especially for students with visual impairments and blindness. Is "...
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Bookshare’s Go Read App for Android Makes Accessible Reading Easier Than Ever

Bookshare, the online accessible library that is free for all U.S. students with a qualifying print disability such as blindness, low vision, a physical...
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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...
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BeeLine Reader Adds Color to Bookshare

Bookshare is now offering an accessibility feature that helps readers maintain focus and improve visual tracking ability. This integration is made possible...
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Interactive Storybook App Ideas

I have several students with multiple disabilities on my caseload who benefit from interactive storybook apps that can be integrated into their routine with...
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...
Standing in the rain by the Perkins School for the Blind fence, two O&Ms work together to learn BlindSquare.

Becoming a Hi-Tech Orientation and Mobility Specialist

Hi-Tech O&M lessons? Back in the stone-age when I was in college, we were taught all the traditional O&M skills, such as street crossings, public...
A student using the touch technique on a sidewalk in a residential area.

HI-Tech O&M Progress Reports

After taking the Hi-Tech O&M professional development class taught by Diane Brauner and Ed Summers through Perkins eLearning, I realized that the...
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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...
Siri's new iOS 10 features and commands.

25 New and Unique Siri Commands in iOS 10

Meet the new and improved Siri! Siri has many new abilities in iOS 10, including contextually-based natural language capabilities that enable users to talk...
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How to take a Photo, Video or Selfie with Siri in iOS 10

In iOS 10 Siri, a personal assistant, has new tricks that can simplify tasks for everyone, including users with visual impairments and blindness and for users...
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Bebot App Review: iOS cause and effect sound app

Looking for a cause and effect app that produces fun sounds?  Bebot is an easy to use cause and effect app that creates intriguing robot-like sounds.  Simply...
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Unite for Literacy: Free Digital Picture Books

Unite for Literacy has a mission: to provide a world where all children have access to an abundance of books that celebrate their languages and cultures and...
Track a student's typing skills with this typing checklist.

Typing Skills Checklist

Teachers - including TVIs - are responsible for tracking each student's progress in every subject and every type of skill.  Especially in this digital age,...
Teacher holding a manual while instructing a student to use a three figner swipe command on the iPad.

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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High School vs. College

When transitioning from high school to college, the student goes from an environment that is structured to “ensure student success” to one that is designed to...
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Audio Described Contest for Students and Teachers!

Kids love movies!  Movies, videos and other forms of multimedia are integrated into our society and classrooms.  Audio description provides access to visual...
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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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