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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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Learning Numeric Keypad Layout: Activities

What do calculators, extended keyboards, bank machines, adding machines, checkout at registers, door locks, and phone have in common? Numpads! (Also known as...
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Google Maps Offers Voice Guidance for Visually Impaired Users

Google Maps has recently introduced a new feature for visually impaired users (blind or partially sighted people). Maps now offers more detailed voice guidance...
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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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Tips for Be My Eyes Volunteers from a Vision Impaired User

Since he is used to helping me with various tasks, my brother decided to download the Be My Eyes app and learn how to be a Be My Eyes volunteer. I use the Be...
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Be My Eyes App Review

During my senior year of high school, I was researching assistive technology apps and found a Be My Eyes review. I was interested in the concept of having a...
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Introduction to Blindfold Games: Video

In the video below, Marty Schultz, founder of Blindfold Games, shares his story about how Blindfold games came to be, discusses the science behind the games...
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O&M Lesson: Teaching Distance Estimates using BlindSquare

Sally is a 7th grade student who is totally blind and has classes that often use ‘feet’ and ‘square feet’ as a measurement. She encounters this in her math...
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Welcome to Wyatt's House: O&M lesson

The challenge put forth to me was to create a mobility lesson while using a high tech app. Imagine my student, a 2 year old child who is totally blind trailing...
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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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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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Scavenger Hunt App for O&M

I recently organized a group of friends to do a scavenger hunt in Washington, D.C. The feedback that I received on the activity gave me some ideas about...
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Fitbit Exercise Tracker - Accessibility and Usability Part 2

Why an Exercise Tracker? Is it just me or does anyone else have trouble getting motivated to go out and exercise?  Whew, glad I’m not the only one!  If you’re...
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FitBit Exercise Tracker - Accessibility and Usability Part 1

I had a FitBit a few years ago until the band broke and I lost it (I swear it’s in my house somewhere...bet I’ll find it in five years somewhere stupid).  ...
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Blindfold Bowling: iOS spatial concepts app

Spatial concepts are challenging - and critical - for students who are blind.  They are challenging, as most sighted students glean spatial information by...
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5 Top Apps for People with Limited Mobility

Do you work with a student who is visually impaired and in a wheelchair?  Here are five must-have apps recommended for people who use a wheelchair followed by...
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Blind Abilities Podcast: Who won the race?

Blind Abilities presents this follow up interview with Project Starfish after their successful completion of the first ever Blindfold Racer Championship. Join...
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O&M Safety: Do Not Disturb iOS Feature

Kids love to text - anytime and anywhere.  'Bing' - a new text pops up and kids INSTANTLY stop everything to check and/or respond to the text. For students who...
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How to use Apple Pay on the web with Safari in iOS 10 and macOS Sierra

Use your Mac, iPad, iPhone and/or Apple Watch to pay for items!  Yes, Apple Pay is now available on the Mac to pay for things online.  Apple Pay is a secure...
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Tech Time-Out #2 Navigation: Engineering Camp 2016

During the NC State Engineering VIB Camp, high school students lived in college dorms, ate in the university dining halls, attended engineering lectures, rode...
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Cody: Learning Life Skills through Technology

Cody is a delightful high school student who is learning functional, daily living skills.  Cody is very social, is very willing to work hard, and loves to go...
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Money Reader: iOS App

LookTel Money Reader instantly recognizes bills and states the domination, enabling users with visual impairments to identify and count bills.  Simply open the...