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Blackboard Ally: Make your Learning Management System (LMS) accessible!

Blackboard Ally seamlessly integrates with the Learning Management System (LMS) and automatically generates alternative accessible formats and provides...
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How to Check for App Accessibility?

There are so many reasons why YOU (and your student!) should know how to check the accessibility of an app with a screen reader. Here are a few of the most...
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Scribe for Meetings

Zoom meetings have become the "new normal" for businesses and for classes. Scribe for Meetings is a new tool that enables the meeting host to upload PowerPoint...
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Virtual Learning Starter Kit: Windows Computers

As we all get ready to go back to school, especially with either the reality or potentiality of teaching virtually from a distance, many of us are having to...
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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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Google Meet/Hangouts as a Visually Impaired User

In times like this in society, the visually impaired community needs a way to remain socially distant yet a way to communicate with people in their daily lives...
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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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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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Preparing Middle School and High School Students with VIB for Remote Learning

Since our state has moved to remote learning while all public schools are closed for a minimum of three weeks because of the Coronavirus, students have had to...
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Virtual Instruction: Zoom Video Conferencing Platform

Zoom is a leader in accessible video and audio conferencing. With school closures, educators are turning to Zoom as a means to provide virtual instruction....
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Virtual Schools: Serving Students in Online Education

As a vision teacher/Orientation & Mobility Specialist working for a private non-profit agency, I have had the opportunity to work with several virtual...
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How Web Accessibility Impacts My Life with Low Vision

For the last few days, I haven't left my dorm very much. But during that time, I have been able to do the following: Read a virtual library book on George...
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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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Remote Desktop Computer Lab Management Software

Remote Desktop Computer Lab Management Software When I became a TVI teaching technology, I was assigned a computer lab/classroom, teaching various basic...
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How Screen Readers and e-Learning Work Together

With the rise and boom of technology has come the rise and boom of e-learning. E-Learning comes in all different shapes and sizes, whether it’s helping school-...
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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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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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JAWS Topics: Helpful Hint for Bluetooth Pairing a Braille Display

The other day I was helping a student of mine get her Refreshabraille 18 braille display paired up to her computer.  She has used it to pair with her iPhone...
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Seven Factors That Make Websites Accessible to the Visually Impaired

I spend a lot of time on the internet browsing dozens of different websites every day. I read blogs, informative websites, government websites, websites for...
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Pairing screen reader with web browser

Ever wonder why there are odd behaviors when you use a different web browser? These unexpected behaviors may be frustrating for some screen reader users. How...
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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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Before updating to iOS 11

OS 11 will be released on September 19 - here are some things you should know before you update!  As always, new features can also mean new bugs. For many who...
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Microsoft Office Sway: A PowerPoint alternative

Ever since it was first released in 2015, I have found myself using Microsoft Office Sway for many projects in college- at least once every semester.  It's...
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TextGrabber: Is the Update Worth Grabbing?

On June 23rd, TextGrabber by ABBYY was updated with some new features as well as bug fixes.  As an app promotion, it was free for a limited time, but is now...
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Accessible Coding: What's Out There?

Coding is a lifestyle. In today's digital society there are literally thousands of resources to learn the craft. Whether it be the code that controls the stuff...
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Just How Accessible is NWEA’s MAP Test for Screen Readers

It’s Springtime and that can only mean one thing, spring flowers, right?  Not in the school systems.  Springtime in the school systems means standardized...
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Accessibility of MAP Assessments Series #2: Q&A

In the first Paths to Technology post on the Accessibility of MAP Assessments series, we learned that the Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA) has created...
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Will JAWS, ZoomText, and MAGic work with Windows 10 Creators update?

The next major Windows update, Window 10 Creators, is scheduled for public release in April 11, 2017.  If you are using JAWS, ZoomText or MAGic applications,...
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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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NVDA instructional video: basic commands for navigating a website

This quick video introduces the basic NVDA commands for navigating websites.  NVDA is a popular, free screen reader for Windows computers.  The video...
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Swift Playgrounds - The VoiceOver Challenge

Then ... The look of horror on my wife's face said it all.  "How much did that cost?!" she exclaimed, as I unboxed my the iMac 24inch computer, to which I...
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BrailleNote Apex: Secure Exam Mode

This snapshot video demonstrates how to use the BrailleNote Apex in the secure Exam Mode which allows the teacher to restrict the access of the Apex to be used...