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Envision #2: Let Me Check My Schedule!

Staying organized can be a hassle for anyone, especially when it comes to creating an agenda!  Enough with post-it notes scattered on a fridge, brailled papers...
College student sitting crosslegged on the floor with a laptop and text, "Envision #1: Create & Organize Class Folders"

Envision #1: Create and Organize Class Folders

Fall semester is approaching quickly! Keeping folders, documents and that comes with college and university can be a headache for sighted people, let alone for...
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How to Add Alt Text to Facebook Page

As a TVI/COMS, one of our main resources is Facebook. Where else can you ask a question and  receive instant, practical help by peers and experts? There are...
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It's My Job! Podcast #19: Sajja Koirala

Welcome to episode number nineteen of the It’s My Job podcast. In this episode of It's My Job, Cheyenne, a student from Colorado, interviews Ms. Sajja Koirala...
How I use Accessible Voting Machines with low vision. www.veroniiiica.com

How I Use Accessible Voting Machines with Low Vision

Last week, I was able to use an accessible voting machine for the first time in order to vote in the upcoming primary election. I had first learned about these...
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Accessibility of D.A.R.E Resources

D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) is an educational program that seeks to prevent the use of controlled drugs, membership in gangs, and violent...
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Google Lens Review for Low Vision

One of the most-used apps by far on my Android phone as a person with low vision is the Google Lens app. In the last 24 hours, I’ve used it seven times for...
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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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Help! My VoiceOver is On but it Won't Speak!

One of the most amazing things about screen reading solutions like Apple's VoiceOver is how effective they are at speaking out loud the contents of a device's...
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STEM Career Showcase for Students with Disabilities

The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, in collaboration with SAS Institute, will host our annual STEM Career Showcase for Students with Disabilities on...
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Microsoft "To-Do" Task Manager Accessibility

Microsoft To-Do is an intelligent task management app that makes it easy to plan and manage your day. As educators - especially itinerant TVIs and COMS - it is...
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Seven Things I Tell My College Suitemates About My Disability

As a college student with vision impairment and chronic illness, I have lived with several suitemates, meaning that I have my own bedroom and share a common...
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Alexa Blueprints: The Easy Way to Make Your Own Skills

Alexa seems like it (or she) has become a part of our culture.  As more and more homes are subscribing to WiFi services, smart speakers such as Google Home and...
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Building mental maps: preschool to college

As an O&M, my goal is to teach my preschool students to know where they are in relationship to other things around them and to know the spatial...
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Podcast? What is that?

Podcasts are a good source of information, entertainment, and education. Perkins recently released a Podcast called eLearning to go. I mentioned it to a...
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Bop It Micro for Visually Impaired Students

I am on an unending quest to find good, yet functional educational recreational toys for my blind and Visually Impaired students.  So many toys out on the...
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Zany Touch App Review

Test your reflexes with this exciting iOS game. Beware - the better you are the faster the game play! Zany Touch is intended to teach mainstream gestures and...
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iSays App Review

The classic Simon game is an electronic game that creates a series of tones and lights requiring players to repeat the sequence. Suspense builds as the...
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Seeing AI App Update: Explore Pictures Feature

The recent update for Seeing AI, a free Microsoft app, has added a fun new feature: Explore Photos by Touch. This feature enables users to drag a finger around...
High school girl in a data lab interacting with an accessible bar chart on her PC; text, "NC STEM Camp for Students with VIB".

Registration is now open for the 2019 NC STEM Camp for Students with Visual Impairments or Blindness

For the last four summers, high school students with VIB from across the country have travelled to Research Triangle Park in North Carolina to learn about STEM...
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STEM Camps for Students with VIB Survey

Summer is just around the corner and it is time to register for summer camps. The American Camp Association (ACA) reports that there are about 7,000...
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Emojis Activities: the digital language of emotion

Emojis are defined as a small digital image or icon used to express an idea, emotion, etc. in electronic communication. With face-to-face interactions,...
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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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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...
VR for VI: How Visually Impaired Students can use virtual reality. www.veroniiiica.com

VR for VI: How Visually Impaired Students Can Use Virtual Reality

Virtual reality technology has been changing how many different industries present and interpret information, and education is no exception. While it may not...
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Talking Wand

The world is filled with written word. I discovered this awesome tool to help my students bring words to voice with the touch of a wand. The wand is used to...
YD logo with letters "Y" and "D".

YouDescribe iOS App

YouDescribe is a free and easy method that enables educators and other volunteers to describe YouTube videos for viewers who are visually impaired or blind.  ...
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Is Social Media Accessible?

Social media is important to students - including students with visual impairments. Social media is a convenient way to access information, provide information...
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Goodreads: The Bookworm's Best Friend

I don't know about where you are, but here it's colder than a politician’s heart! Seriously, though the days are getting longer and the sun is shining, it's...
RBDigital Magazines and Zinio for Libraries Review. www.veroniiiica.com

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...
Eyes Free Fitness by BlindAlive: Described Workouts for the blind and visually impaired

Eyes-Free Fitness: Described Workouts for the Blind and Visually Impaired

The Eyes-Free Fitness app contains both free and paid exercise routines described specifically for the blind. Introduction The holidays are a wonderful time...
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Elf on the Shelf

What is Elf on a Shelf? This feisty character was sent by Santa to check whether children have been naughty or nice. When adopted and named by a family, the...
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Screen Recorder: iOS 11 Feature

iOS 11 has several new features, including the Screen Recorder feature. The screen recorder feature enables you to capture of video recording of what you are...
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Blindfold Slide Puzzle

About two years, I created Blindfold Tile Puzzle, based on the game 2048. 2048 is played on a 4 by 4 grid, where you combine identical numbers to produce their...
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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...
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...
How do people with low vision work on school news? Tips for including students with low vision. www.veroniiiica.com

How Do People with Low Vision . . . Work on School News?

At many of the schools I attended, I served on the school news in some capacity. I love being in front of the camera, as well as working behind the scenes, and...
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Using Siri on a Mac

Siri is a built-in "intelligent assistant" that enables Apple device users to speak commands to operate their device and to interact with apps. Siri is often...
Screenshot of Move to Measure app showing ruler, protractor, settings and help.

Measuring Tools: Using Traditional and Digital Tools & Activities

Measuring is often introduced in preschool and is a part of the kindergarten curriculum. Measuring with non-standard units means measuring things with blocks,...
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Cars 3, accessible movie app and activities!

"Blindsided by a new generation of blazing-fast cars, the legendary Lightening McQueen finds himself pushed out of the sport thathe loves. Hoping to get back...

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