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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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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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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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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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BrailleSense Polaris: May 2019 Firmware update

Last week, HIMS released a firmware update for the BrailleSense Polaris. One of the major updates allows an individual to copy a file from the internal storage...
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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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So Many Braille Displays, Which One is Right for My Student: Part One

NOTE: Please see other posts in this series including So Many Braille Displays Part Two (focusing on the Brailliant BI 14 model and touching on the Braille...
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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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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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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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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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Feelin' DNA: 3D project

Classrooms are using on-line educational resources and textbooks.  How does this impact students who are visually impaired who can not visually access pictures...
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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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Project Bloks

This article was originally posted on codingBox - a review and discussion site for all things code- and kid-related.   Project Bloks is an active research...
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iOS 10.2: Fixes, New Bugs and Focus Braille Display

If you are using a Focus Braille Display, please read this before updating to iOS 10.2!   With every update, there are new accessibility resolutions and...
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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...
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Tricks to Pairing the APH 18 Refreshabraille with an iPad

Pairing the APH 18 Refreshabraille with an iPad is simple - once you know the steps!  What if you follow the steps and the APH 18 still does not pair? You...