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BrailleSense 6 Overview: Video Tutorial

This faster and more robust BrailleSense has 32 braille cell with cursor routers and Android 10 operating system. This is an excellent video tutorial by Jenny...
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Braille Display and iOS 14.4 bug

If you or your student uses a braille display with an iOS device, do NOT update to iOS 14.4!  Currently, there is a bug with iOS 14.4 that is causing users to...
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Connection Issues with Mantis Q40 and Chameleon 20

APH shared the following information: We have identified connection issues for the Mantis Q40 and Chameleon 20 after upgrading to iOS 14.4. We recommend that...
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JAWS 2021 Math Support Update

A new feature in JAWS 2021 is the native ability to read math content in Word documents. Below is what Freedom Scientfic writes: JAWS and Fusion now supports...
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iOS 14: Screen Recognition

What if . . . everything on the screen was labeled correctly for VoiceOver? What if every button, icon, image and element is accessible? iOS 14 incorporates on...
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Google Accessibility Improvements

Google's software update included accessibility improvements! New Shortcut command that instantly toggles Braille Support in Docs, Sheets and Slides...
BrailleSense Polaris braille notetaker with a 32 cell refreshable braille display, Perkin’s style keyboard & small LCD display.

BrailleSense Polaris: April 2020 Firmware Upgrade

This month, HIMS released the BrailleSense Polaris firmware upgrade. Since my students use Google Drive to access and share files, they were highly...
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Word Melodies: Emerging Reading and Writing App

Update: 4/8/20 Word Melodies version 1.0.1 is now available in Google Play as well as in the App Store. This new release fixed the bugs mentioned below. I am...
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Book Creator Accessibility Updates

Book Creator is a simple tool that educators, family members, and students frequently use to create fun digital books. Book Creator's latest update included...
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Using a Braille Display on iOS: An Introduction

AppleVis continues to be a wonderful resource for learning about Apple products and the accessibility of these products. Scott Davert reports about using a...
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BrailleBlaster: Free braille transcription software

Post Updated 9/26/19 APH states that BrailleBlaster version 1.1.23 "Document types that are supported by Pandoc and include LaTeX can convert that LaTeX into...
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Accessibility Bugs in iOS 13

iOS 13 will be publicly released on September 19, 2019. Beta testers have been evaluating and reporting accessibility bugs and Apple developers are working...
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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...
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Update: Orbit Reader is available through APH

Update: June 20, 2019 the Orbit Reader is available again through APH! After months of ongoing negotiations between the Transforming Braille Group (of which...
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JAWS 2019 Updates

JAWS 2019 has many enhanced features that students may find beneficial. Note: there are many additional JAWS enhancements than what is listed below.  Let us...
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BrailleNote Touch Plus: An Update

Just last month, I was weighing whether or not to purchase a BrailleNote Touch or a BrailleSense Polaris, two competing braille notetakers that both have...
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iOS 12.1 Misspelled Words

Misspelled words is an iOS feature that alerts users to - you guessed it - misspelled words! A word that is misspelled will visually have a dotted red line...
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iOS 12.1 updates

Today (10/30/18) Apple releases iOS 12.1 to the public with Group FaceTime, new Emoji, and some fixes for VoiceOver and Braille Users. AppleVis reports several...
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New Narrator Guide

Narrator is the native Windows 10 screen reader. With the recent release of Windows 10 (version 1809), comes improvements in Narrator and a new Narrator User...
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APH's Statement Regarding Availability of Orbit Reader 20

Thank you for your interest in the Orbit Reader 20. This refreshable braille display is the result of a partnership of the members of the Transforming Braille...
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Updates for Taptilo, a beginning braille game

  Taptilo is a wireless stand-alone electronic braille device that teaches braille reading and writing. Taptilo syncs with an app on your smart phone, enabling...
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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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AccessNote Will No Longer Be Supported

AFB announcement 2/14/18: When AccessNote was released in 2013 we were proud to be the first fully accessible note-taking app available. We are excited to find...
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Chromebooks, Google Sheets and Braille Display

Braille display accessibility with Chromebooks is improving. You can now use Chrome OS (Operating System) using the ChromeVox screen reader paired with a...
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Reach Out and Touch the new Braille Features in iOS 11: AppleVis

Scott Davert with AppleVis shares his informative podcast about the iOS 11 changes for braille display users. The podcast includes step-by-step braille display...
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Accessibility Fixes in iOS 11.2

In December, Apple released iOS 11.2; this release includes a number of accessibility fixes. Included in AppleVis' list of fixes are several important braille...
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What's new with NVDA

NVDA (NonVisual Desktop Access) is a popular free screen reader which enables blind and visually impaired users to access computers. Like all software...
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What's New with VoiceOver in iOS 11

iOS 11 have a number of new VoiceOver features that are well described and demonstrated in the video below.  Using a braille display? New braille display...
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What's new in iOS 11 Accessibility

There are numerous accessibility features in iOS 11 that have rarely been discussed. Scott Davert, blogger for AppleVis, thoroughly examines iOS 11...
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Windows 10 version 1709 update for screen readers

On October 17, 2017, Windows 10 Fall Creator's Edition, version 1709 will be rolled out. This is a major update with new features and refines the user...
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macOS 10.13 High Sierra software update: VoiceOver

The AppleVis team often writes about the accessibility of software updates. The recent (September 27, 2017) High Sierra update includes a number of...
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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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Accessibility of MAP Assessments Series #1: Introduction

  In this series, we will be discussing the accessibility of on-line MAP growth assessment. As our classrooms transition to digital textbooks and on-line...
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Accessibility Improvements for Windows 10

Want to know more about the accessibility of the newly released Windows 10 Build 15002?   More inclusive experience out of the box Narrator support for...
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iOS 10.2: Fixes, New Bugs and Focus Braille Display

If you are using a Focus Braille Display, please read this before updating to iOS 10.2!   With every update, there are new accessibility resolutions and...
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How to enable VoiceOver on the new MacBook Pro's Touch Bar

The new MacBook Pro has replaced the Function Keys (top row keys) with the new Touch Bar.  The Touch Bar is a contextual touch screen at the top of the...
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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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Control Center: iOS 10

With a swipe of your finger, the Control Center gives you instant access to the most important controls on your iOS device.  To access the Control Center,...
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Correcting VoiceOver Pronunciations: iOS 10

Screen readers do an amazing job pronouncing most words; however, there are some words - especially names - that are mispronounced.  iOS 10 has a new feature...
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Accessibility Bugs in iOS 10 for Blind and Low Vision Users: AppleVis

Anxiously trying to decide whether to upgrade to iOS 10?  Read what the experts at AppleVis say about the currently known iOS 10 bugs along with work arounds...

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