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IFTTT (If This Then That) Automation

Automate your house using a IFTTT program.  If This Then That is a recipe that when an identified trigger happens, then a certain action will be performed.  ...
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Changing Accessibility Settings on Computers, Tablets and Mobiles

AbilityNet provides easy step-by-step instructions on how to change accessibility settings on computers, tablets and mobiles to enable users with visual...
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Protect your Tablet!

Working with students may put your tablet at risk from gooey fingers, germs and other potential slimy things, especially if you work with very young students...
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Let's Go Digital: Using Braille Displays with Screen Readers

Many students who attend Short-Term Programs at the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired rely on the use of Perkins braillers and braille...
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Bookshare Member Amare Leggett Finishes Top Ten in 2016 National Braille Challenge

Amare Leggette, an energetic eight-year-old from Eastover Elementary School in Charlotte, North Carolina just finished as a top ten finalist in the 2016...
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Book Creator App: Create Your Own Accessible Books on iOS, Android and Windows Tablets

Book Creator is a simple way to create e-books, right on your tablet!  Add text, pictures, video and music, and even record your own voice.  Choose a pen tool...
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EDA Play Toby: iOS App

EDA Play Toby is one of the newest apps created by developers Sugar and Ketchup specifically for infants and toddlers with visual impairments and multiple...
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Using VoiceOver with Bookshare: Mac and iOS

Here are step-by-step instructions on how to use Bookshare running VoiceOver on a Mac or on an iOS device.  Bookshare is a free accessible online library for...
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For Kids with Reading Challenges, Just Add Listening

Reading can be fatiguing for students with visual impairments and/or students with dyslexia.  Experts say that audiobooks have become important tools in...
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Accessibility of Samsung Smartphones and Smart TVs

This video created by Samsung, showcases the built-in accessibility features including settings and gestures - on Samsung smartphones or smart TVs.  These...
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Cody went to Sheetz: iBook

Cody, a high school student with traumatic brain injury (TBI), uses an iBook to retell his Sheetz Gas Station O&M lesson.  One of Cody's IEP goals is to be...
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Cody: Learning Life Skills through Technology

Cody is a delightful high school student who is learning functional, daily living skills.  Cody is very social, is very willing to work hard, and loves to go...
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Keeble an Accessible Keyboard: iOS App

Keeble is an iOS keyboard app that allows users with fine motor-challenges, switch users and users with visual impairments to type in any app.  The keyboard...
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Brian: Learning to Write with an iPad and Refreshable Braille Display

WRITING: In this video, Brian demonstrates how he can write braille letters and sight words using an iPad paired with a Refreshable Braille Display (RBD).  ...
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If Your Apps Could Talk: SayKit SDK

Screen readers make apps accessible; however, learning the navigation commands can be challenging for some students and for a large percent of elderly people...
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Speak Screen for iOS8 and Above

Speak Screen is another voice option that came out with the iOS8, but its only for low vision. I prefer VoiceOver better, but this is another option.
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Calling All Students - Paths to Technology Student Page

Hey students!  Have you explored the Student Section of Paths to Technology website?  This is a place for students of all ages with visual impairments and...
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Reading Resources

Reading is a passion of mine. I love it! There are many resources out there for visually impaired/blind people. I use a lot of these sources. Here are just a...
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Voice Typing with Google Docs: Editing and Formatting

Google Docs has learned a new trick: Voice Typing, the ability to recognize spoken words and commands.  Now, Google Docs via Chrome, can edit and format...
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Google Launches Vision Settings

Google has launched Vision Settings, which will allow users to control specifications such as magnification, font size, display size and TalkBack on their...
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Bookshare Tip: How to Assign Reading Lists

How can you help student access their Bookshare books?  Use Reading Lists to assign books to each student! To add books a Reading List: Log in to your...
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Creating a Google Form Quiz on the iPad

Need to make a quick accessible homework assignment, quiz or test on the iPad?  Use Google Forms!  Google Forms is accessible with VoiceOver for both the...
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Google Voice Commands

Google has introduced a way for select users to edit documents using their voice. If you use the Chrome web browser with Google Docs, you can speak formatting...
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Cody's O&M Adventures: iBook

Two high school boys with multiple disabilities created this iBook about their O&M lessons.  Using an iPhone, Cody dictated his sentences in Pages while...
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When Are You Red?

This iBook delves into the color RED! Using bright colored images and sounds, the book describes Red with not one but TWO chapters identifying red as "Love and...
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How to Slow Down the Double Tap Speed on iOS 9.1 Devices

Many students and adults struggle with the speed of the double tap gesture when using VoiceOver on an iPad, iPhone or iPod.  iOS 9.1 has added a setting option...
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Changing Double Tap Speed in iOS 9.1

Apple has created a new accessibility feature that enables users to adjust - slow down - the required speed for creating a double tap gesture.  Some students...
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When Are You Brown?

This iBook delves into the color BROWN! Using bright colored images and sounds, the book describes Brown as "Strong and Stable" and uses different subjects...
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Brian: Learning to Write with an iPad and Refreshable Braille Display Video

WRITING: In this video, Brian demonstrates how he can write braille letters and sight words using an iPad paired with a Refreshable Braille Display (RBD).  ...
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Brian: Learning to Read with an iPad and Refreshable Braille Display Video

READING:  In this video, Brian demonstrates how he can read braille letters and sight words using an iPad paired with a Refreshable Braille Display (RBD).  ...
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The Tech Giving People Power to Deal with Disability

This article discusses technologies that help disabled people contribute more in the workplace - and improve their quality of life.  Discussed are technologies...
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What's New and Changed in iOS 9 Accessibility for Blind and Deaf-Blind Users

This detailed article discusses new accessibility updates in iOS 9.  There are a number of new braille display commands that match gestures/Bluetooth keyboard...
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100 Picture Books with Image Descriptions: Bookshare

Images and image descriptions in books can provide a full multisensory reading experience for young readers with visual impairments and blindness.  Hand...
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Elina: Assistive Technology Rocks My Classroom!

Elina, a student with athetoid cerebral palsy, shares how she uses assistive technology in the classroom.  This video shows her AT skills from elementary to...
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Sami Says: Create a Story Web Browser Game

Sami Says is a simple web recorder game for students to easily create verbal stories.  Using the arrow keys, Sami Says encourages very young students and/or...
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Tar Heel Reader: Create and Read Accessible Books

Tar Heel Reader is a collection of free, easy-to-read books; students can create their own books or selet books created by others.  Tar Heel Reader is a...
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Accessible YouTube: for Switch Users

Accessible YouTube enables users to search and watch YouTube videos using two switches or a mouse.  Accessible YouTube has been created by Dr. Gary Bishop and...
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Add an iPad to your Functional Vision Assessment/Learning Media Assessment Kit

Using an iPad as a part of a Functional Vision Assessment/Learning Media Assessment (FVA/LMA) for very young children can provide useful and sometimes...

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