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National Chip and Dip Day: O&M Activity

National Chip and Dip Day is next Tuesday! (March 23rd) I’m not gonna lie, it’s one of my favorite holidays. And it makes for some fun lessons with students. I...
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Build a Mental Map of Campus

Your public or private school student has the opportunity to participate in summer school or an event at your school for the blind. (It is anticipated that...
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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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White Cane Day!

On October 15, 1964, White Cane Day became a national observation in the United States to celebrate the achievements of people who are blind or visually...
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Vermont Farm: Drawing Conclusions from an O&M Map

During the Perkins Non-Visual Digital Map workshop, orientation and mobility specialists learned how to create, use and apply non-visual digital map skills....
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ObjectiveEd: Hybrid O&M

Orientation and Mobility lessons for elementary students is a combination of concepts and safe travel skills. How can students continue to progress with...
The ECC Orientation and Mobility: A Student's Perspective

Orientation and Mobility: A Student's Perspective

The ECC or Expanded Core Curriculum consists of the knowledge and skills needed by a student with a visual disability to access core content areas. Everyone...
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Why Non-Visual Digital Maps for Young Students?

Accessible, interactive digital maps? As an O&M with 30+ years experience, I regularly use tactile maps to help my students learn about O&M concepts...
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AFTER Remote Instruction for Students Transitioning to College: On Campus

In Phase 2 (re-opening with COVID-19), Elon University has started individual college campus outdoor tours and has plans to allow orientation weeks over the...
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Remote O&M Instruction for Students Transitioning to College: Building a Mental Map

Victor is a high school senior who will be attending Elon University for a week this summer for the Odyssey Scholars program and will start full time in the...
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Remote O&M Instruction for Students Transitioning to College: Getting Started

How are YOU handling the high O&M needs for your soon-to-graduate high school student who is transitioning to college? Ideally, this student would have...
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More Cool Games that can be Played on Zoom Part 2: VI Twist

The initial post, Six Cool Games that can be Played on Zoom, was a huge success! More than 2,000 educators/families read this post the first week it was...
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Wayfinder: New O&M App!

We’ve just released Wayfinder – the latest in our series of Orientation and Mobility digital curriculum for students with vision impairments. Wayfinder is...
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Virtual Instruction: O&M

Educators are being asked to prepare lesson plans for virtual instruction due to the Coronavirus threat. Yesterday, entire states have been proactive and have...
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Turtles on the Town: An O&M Scavenger Hunt

In my O&M lessons, as my students can attest, I usually try to cram in as many different skills as I can in order to maximize our time together. This...
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Sphero City Activity

The original Sphero City activity by SpheroEDU, encourages students to either design an original Sphero City or to design a city from history. As an O&M, I...
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Sequencing Coding Concept Activities

Teaching coding concepts to students who are visually impaired is now on our radar! Mainstream classrooms are embedding coding concepts and logical thinking...
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Audio Memos App and WH Questions

As Orientation and Mobility Specialists, our caseloads include academic students, students with severe and profound multiple disabilities and students who fall...
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Transportation Education Curriculum

The National Aging and Disability Transportation Center (NADTC) has created a free 9 module curriculum that includes videos, downloadable templates and tools....
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Coding Concepts: We're Going on a Bear Hunt

This activity has been modified for students with visual impairments with permission from the original author, Deidre Smith (JDaniel4's Mom) See her original...
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Braille Beats Fine Arts Program

The Braille Beats Fine Arts Summer Residential Intensive is an experiential arts and independent living program specially designed to meet the unique needs of...
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Clew: Navigation App Review

Clew is an iOS app that records a user's path and then guides the user back to his starting point. Clew was created to help travelers who are visually impaired...
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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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Touring Colleges with Virtual Reality

As technology continues to evolve, future college students now have an additional way to search for higher education by touring colleges with virtual reality....
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Adapting a Floor Plan Using You Doodle App

About the App You Doodle comes as both a paid app for the full version, or can be downloaded for free. While the free version does not have as many features...
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Whiteboard and Compass App: O&M Lesson

I work with a second grade student with albinism who moved to a new classroom in a large combined elementary/ middle school building. The student needed to...
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Google Earth O&M lesson

My student is a 16-year-old high schooler who wants to walk to his friend’s house in a city environment. We have been working on intersections and street...
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How to Use Campus Alert Systems

While I was waiting for my plane to take off a few days ago, I got a message from my campus alert system saying that the power was out, so classes may be...
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How Do People with Vision Impairments . . . Navigate School Hallways?

My friend and I were talking the other day and they asked me how I had learned to navigate the hallways of my school before I started using a blindness cane-...
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How to create a digital pushpin map

We all know Google Maps are a very useful tool when it comes to previewing locations and getting directions, but did you know that you can create a digital...
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My Long Cane Book

I initially created a My Long Cane Book with a student who was being introduced to the long cane. The idea came after I had combed the internet for a children’...
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Tracing Lines with the iPhone

Objective The student will locate and read posted information using the iPhone camera or magnifier by spotting, fixating, and then tracing environmental...
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How Tinted Glasses Help My Light Sensitivity

When my eye doctor first recommended that I get tinted glasses in eighth grade, I was worried people might tease me for looking like I wear sunglasses all the...
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Is This My Bus Stop?! The Reminders App

I started using the iPhone Reminders app during city bus lessons when I taught a high schooler who has low vision and significant social anxiety.  The idea of...
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Creating Simple O&M Low Vision Maps with a Little Gloss!

My name is Joseph Kolb, a Certified Orientation & Mobility Specialist with The Carroll Center for the Blind in the Boston area.  My work is community-based...
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iOS Native Magnifier App

For those tech savvy low vision folks who have been handily using their iPhone cameras to capture images of restaurant menus and then using zoom to enlarge it...
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How Do People with Vision Impairments. . . Go To Waterparks?

A few summers ago, my friend and I would frequently go to a waterpark one town over from us. I have to give my friend major credit here, because they were very...
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Creating Low Vision Maps: SAS Gloss App

SAS gloss is a free annotation app that can be used to quickly create an accessible map on-the-fly for low vision students.  Annotation apps allow the student...
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Airports, BlindSquare Enabled

About BlindSquare Enabled Airports MIPsoft, makers of BlindSquare, the most used waypoint  navigation solution for persons who are blind or partially sighted...
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Setting a Departure Time on Google Maps for Orientation and Mobility

When planning an Orientation and Mobility trip with a student, it is essential to consider which type of transportation that they would like to take (Read...

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