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Access and Engagement Survey Results

The Access and Engagement Survey examined the impact of COVID-19 on the education of students birth-21 with visual impairments, their families, and...
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Comprehensive Evaluation During COVID-19 Guidance Document

San Francisco State, California School for the Blind, and Cal State LA have released a Guidance Document to provide information on how to approach...
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Vendor List

Due to a generous donation from the Reader's Digest Partners For Sight, we have created a AT Vendor Support List to serve as a resource for teachers of the...
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Braille Exams for AP Classes during COVID-19

Yes, we all know that COVID-19 flipped our world upside down; we are just learning more about the functional impact of the pandemic on students with visual...
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Splashtop Secure Remote Access, Remote Support and Collaboration Solutions for Educational Institutions

Splashtop Secure Remote Access, Remote Support and Collaboration Solutions for Educational Institutions In researching remote control applications for teaching...
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Assistive Technology: It's the Law

It's the Law!   As school is ending all across the country, this is a good time to take stock of what we accomplished this school year and what we want to...
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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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Virtual Graduation

Virtual Graduation Our school, the Louisiana School for the Visually Impaired, is a residential school like many state schools for the blind and visually...
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ACVREP's Guidance on Remote O&M Instruction

Orientation and Mobility is typically a 1:1, face-to-face lesson. With school closures and social distancing mandates, K-12 orientation and mobility...
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How to Keep Your Zoom Meetings Safe

With all the school closures, video conference calls have become the new normal for educators working virtually with students and for educators to connect with...
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Using Screen Readers in Google Classrooms

Using Screen Readers in Google Classrooms This post is related to a previous post Learning Management Systems in the Age of Pandemic. Our school decided to use...
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Learning Management Systems in the Age of Pandemic

Learning Management Systems for the BVI in the Age of Pandemic With the new forced paradigm in this world of distance learning, our school, like almost every...
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Educational Companies Offering Free Subscriptions due to School Closings

As more and more schools are closed and moving to virtual instruction, numerous education companies are offering free subscriptions during this time of need....
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Preparing for Virtual Instruction

Across the country, many TVIs have been using virtual instruction to reach students who are physically located in hard to reach areas or to be more efficient...
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Automated Method for Creating Math Textbooks in Braille

Researchers are developing an automated method for creating math textbooks in braille. Traditionally, math textbooks are expensive and require months of work...
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Podcast: College Success Series

The Perkins eLearning to Go podcasts cover a wide-range of topics related to working with students who are visually impaired. The current series, College...
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Bigger is Not Always Better: Understanding Magnification

Students who have functional vision should certainly use their vision and - when appropriate - low vision tools. For educational tasks, some students with low...
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TVI Career Day: inspiring students to become TVIs

Career Day is such a great opportunity to share our love for our chosen career. Career exploration is an essential part of the curriculum that helps students...
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Ten Things I Wish My TVI Taught Me About Transition

Whenever I speak about my experiences with working with a teacher of the vision impaired (TVI) in Virginia Public Schools, people are often surprised by how...
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I Have VI Technology, Now What?

I had the pleasure of presenting at the 2019 DC/MD annual AER conference.  My presentation focused on common issues that TVIs and service providers faced when...
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College Success and Career Launch Programs at Perkins

College Success @ Perkins College Success is a selective, nine-month residential program for blind or visually-impaired high school graduates – ages 18 to...
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Braille Me and Orbit Reader: Braille Display Comparison

For many users, the cost of a traditional braille displays can be an issue. There are currently two options for small braille displays that cost around $500:...
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Survey Results: Braille and Born Digital Curriculum

Last October (2018) the National Instructional Materials Access Center (NIMAC) conducted a survey to gather information about how the transition to the use of...
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Seven Myths about Schools for the Blind

When I visited Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (TSBVI) to talk about assistive technology, I admit that I wasn't sure what to expect from a...
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A critique of pure educational technology

This week, I attended the Lousiana Association of Computer Using Educators (LACUE). The contrast to the APH conference I attended last year was marked; even...
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Get Ready for College: O&M Skills

What O&M skills do high school students with visual impairments or blindness need to know in order to be successful in college or in job situation? Meg...
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The Power of Not Knowing

I was introduced to Braille in elementary school when we knew I had a visual impairment that was impacting my ability to read, but we didn’t have a diagnosis....
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Back-to-School: Information for TVIs to share with General Education Teachers

By Diane Brauner The new school year is beginning and Teachers of the Visually Impaired (TVIs) are gearing up to work with a new group of general education...
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Facebook: How to Add Image Descriptions

Facebook is a popular free social networking website where people can create profiles, share information, share photos and respond to information posted by...
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Exploring the Juliet 120: Getting Started and an Introduction to DirectBraille

There is usually one in every school.  Or maybe just on everyone’s caseload. The lone blind kid who is super high functioning and keeps up with his or her...
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How to Celebrate Global Accessibility Awareness Day Every Day

Happy (belated) Global Accessibility Awareness Day! Each year, on the third Thursday of May, promoting “digital accessibility and inclusion for people with all...
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STEM Field Mentors: STEM Career Showcase

A 'role model' is defined as a person who others admire and want to emulate. All students benefit from teachers and professionals who are role models. Students...
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Transitioning to a 504 Plan Before Graduation

The best advice my mom and I ever received about my disability accommodations was that we should transition to a 504 plan right before graduating from high...
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How to Transfer to a Virtual Class Mid-Year

During my junior year of high school, I ended up having to transfer into virtual education for two of my classes partway through the year. There were a lot of...
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Web Accessibility Proposed Regulations Withdrawn

As educators working with students who are visually impaired, we are very aware of accessibility issues, especially website accessibility. In recent years,...
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An overview of Braille Devices

Introduction Whether you are a blind user searching for the refreshable braille device that best meets your needs, a parent looking for a device for your...
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Accessibility of Educational Materials

K-12 classrooms are embracing technology and are working to overcome accessibility issues associated with digital and online educational materials. While there...
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Riley's Transition to Middle School Video

Transitioning to a new school and tired of all those questions about blindness? Here is a fun way to educate teachers and peers! The goals for this video were...
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STEM Career Showcase 2017: For Students with Disabilities

Tuesday, Nov 14, 2017. 10:00 am - 2:00 pm. The STEM Career Showcase for Students with Disabilities is an annual educational event where attendees meet role...
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Blitab: Android Tablet with 14 Row Braille Display

Blitab is an Android tablet combined with a smart Braille surface.  As an Android tablet, it has Wi-fi, Bluetooth and can run Android Apps. The upper portion...

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