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Highcharts: Accessible, Interactive Charts and Graphs

As an educator, I am always seeking information about how to make digital resources accessible for students who rely on a screen reader or who need low vision...
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Exploring Math with Demos: Getting Started

TVIs - our mission is to help our students learn math and to love learning math! What mainstream, approved digital math tools are you teaching your students?...
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National Homework Hotline for Blind or Visually Impaired Students: Part 2

The National Homework Hotline for Blind and Visually Impaired students (NHH-BVI) was created in response to the school closures due to COVID. (See Homework...
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Apple Pay

Apple Pay (and Google Pay for Android users) is a mobile contact payment system and digital wallet service that enables users to pay for products and services...
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BlindSquare EVENT: A special FREE offer!

BlindSquare is a popular navigation app for travelers who are visually impaired. During this unprecendented time of school closures and social distancing,...
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What Distance Learning Means to Me: 8th Grader with Low Vision

COVID-19 school closures have thrown students and teachers into the 21st century and for many students with visual impairments, this new classroom format has...
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Brainfuse Online Tutoring Review

This semester, I discovered that I need some extra help with some of my data science coursework involving physics and statistics, so I went looking for online...
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Screen Reader for Low Vision Students?

For a variety of reasons, students who have functional vision are often resistant to using a screen reader. Should these students be introduced to a screen...
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Be My Eyes: Microsoft Tech Support Story

Sam is a tech support agent at the Microsoft Disability Answer Desk, where he answers calls from customers who are blind or have low-vision calling through the...
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How I Use My Phone for Orientation and Mobility

Over the weekend, an image went viral of a woman holding a blindness cane and using a phone at the same time. Many people assumed that the woman was faking her...
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App Review: Blind Abilities

As my secondary students approach the age of 21, I am exposing them to more and more apps and resources that they will need to live full, high quality lives as...
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Coursicle Class Scheduling App Review

A few semesters ago, I had to switch around a bunch of my classes. I went through my school's class database and made notes of the new classes I wanted to take...
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Using Apple Vis to Connect My Students to the VI Tech Community

As a Teacher of the Visually Impaired and Assistive Technology Specialist, I seek opportunities for my secondary students to read about the authentic...
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MyMathLab for Vision Impairment

Many of my professors in college have gone paperless, and assign homework, quizzes, and tests online using softwares like Blackboard and MyMathLab. I prefer to...
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Eight Ways to Read Handwritten Cards with Assistive Technology

Yesterday, a close friend of mine gave me a handwritten card. They were worried at first that I would have trouble reading it, as they weren't sure if there...
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SoloLearn Programming App Review

I've been working towards learning more about programming and coding languages outside of the classroom, because I want to stand out more when applying for...
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Respondus LockDown Browser Accessibility for Visual Impairment

Since the start of my freshman year at my university, I have taken over a dozen online classes- read more about why and how in my post about virtual college...
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Level Up: A summer program for students with visual impairments

Level Up is a summer camp in Wichita, Kansas where middle and high school students with visual impairments learn to use screen readers, magnification software...
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How Do People with Vision Impairments . . . Use Emoji?

Every time I turn around, I feel like I am seeing people use emoji, which have become a defining pop culture element of today's society. People of all ages are...
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Hoonuit Free Technology Tutorials Review

In recent times, I have been exploring a variety of virtual resources that libraries make available to library cardholders for free, inspired by one of my...
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iOS 12: Contactless Interaction

Many iOS users have been taking advantage of Apple Pay, a contactless interaction that enables users to tap their phone on a contactless terminal. With Apple...
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Microsoft OneNote and Screen Readers

Microsoft OneNote is a digital notebook that enables you to capture, organize and share information. For general information on OneNote and how to get started...
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TED Talk: free iOS app

A TED Talk is a video created from a presentation at the main TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) conference or event. TED Talks are given by engaging,...
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Google Maps: Bus and Train Stations

Smart phones are used for navigation purposes by everyone, including people who are visually impaired. Google Maps has some interesting bus and train transit...
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RBDigital Magazines and Zinio for Libraries Review

RBDigital Magazines, sometimes referred to as Zinio for Libraries, has been all over my Twitter feed this week as users look to use online app services on...
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WebAIM Screen Reader Survey #7 Results

Over the years, WebAim has facilitated surveys about the preferences of screen reader users. The 7th survey, which was done in October 2017, received 1,792...
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Google Maps Offline

As an O&M, it would be a dream for all of our community traveling students and clients to have a smartphone with an unlimited data plan.  In reality, many...
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Talking Turkey: Using the Butterball for iOS App

I’ve never hosted Thanksgiving. OK, that’s not quite true...I had it one year, but since it was just me and my mom, I don’t think that counts. I have no idea...
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Cited: An Accessible Citation App

A student came to me and asked for help doing source citations for one of her college classes.  Now, I was raised in the “use the card catalogue, hand-copy the...
Deirdre Watkins, teacher of the visually impaired

Bookshare: Back to School Series #2

Welcome to the second blog in our Back to School with Bookshare series. These blogs help teachers get a strong start to the school year so they can help their...
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Test-approved Graphing Calculator App

The next generation of graphing calculator - the Desmos app - is available at no cost! This app, which is accessible for users who are blind and visually...
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Up-to-date Election Information: NFB Newsline

Learn all about the upcoming elections in NFB Newsline which offers information about the presidential elections, including platforms for both parties,...
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iStudiezPro: Task Organizer and Planner iOS App Review

iStudiezPro is a task organizer and planner app for high school and college students that is available on iOS devices that are running on iOS 8.2 or higher...
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Tech Time-Out #2 Navigation: Engineering Camp 2016

During the NC State Engineering VIB Camp, high school students lived in college dorms, ate in the university dining halls, attended engineering lectures, rode...
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Ride Sharing Apps: Uber and Lyft

Need a ride?  Use your smart phone to find a ride in minutes.  With a simple tap of a button, a nearby community driver will pick you up! For basic information...
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Using Third-Party GPS Apps in Conjunction with BlindSquare

BlindSquare can be used in conjunction with number third-party apps offering turn-by-turn directions. This allows you to use the navigation app best meeting...