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How to Request Accessible Textbooks in College

The other day, one of my friends texted me with an urgent question asking how to request accessible textbooks in college. Their professor had just announced...
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Reflections on a Year of Education During COVID Study

As the school year comes to an end there is a group of researchers who want to collect reflections from many individuals involved in the education of children...
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Remote iPad Instruction with a Toddler: Luke

The pandemic changed traditional educational services for toddlers with visual impairments, but one dedicated mom and innovative preschool TVI created their...
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Format for Remote Instruction Lessons

The demand for quality accessible lessons is at an all time high during remote instruction and hybrid classrooms. Paths to Technology is building a Lesson...
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Psyched for STEAM: Coding Activities

Crash! Bang! Is it more fun to program your robot to flawlessly complete the course or to "accidently" run into obstacles? Such is the dilemma for students who...
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Using Blackboard Ally with Low Vision

This semester, I noticed a new tool within my online classes called Blackboard Ally that could transform the way that I access materials as a student with low...
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How Remote Learning is Causing Visual Fatigue

As many of our students with low vision are adjusting to online learning, it is becoming more and more apparent that the screen time is causing some eye strain...
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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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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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Teaching a Totally Blind Braille Learner Virtually: What worked and what didn’t

We all have been thrown into the deep end with regard to virtual/distance learning! Some of us had prepared our students and some didn’t. Some of us are tech...
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Chromebook and Low Vision: Maximizing Success

Since learning has gone online in most places across the country, I am getting many questions about what the best Chromebook setup is for a student with low...
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No-Tech Solutions for Drawing Graphs with Low Vision and Dysgraphia

For some of the practice problems in my classes, I have to draw graphs or plot points by hand, a task that can be difficult as a person with low vision and...
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What Distance Learning Means to Me: 8th Grader with Low Vision

COVID-19 school closures have thrown students and teachers into the 21st century and for many students with visual impairments, this new classroom format has...
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How to Learn Another Language with Duolingo: A Student's App Review

Sienna is back with another video blog! In this video, she reviews and demonstrates the accessibility of the Duolingo app on her iPad while using VoiceOver. ...
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Interlining Braille: Remotely!

You (the TVI) and your general education classroom teacher are working in tandem to continue classroom instruction with your braille student during the COVID-...
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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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Learn How to Code Being a Blind Kid: Video #2 Swift Playgrounds

Sienna, a vivacious 4th grader from Guatemala, created a quick video demonstrating the Swift Playgrounds app. Swift Playgrounds is Apple's app that teaches...
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Learn How to Code Being a Blind Kid: Video #1 CodeQuest

Sienna, a fourth grade student in Guatemala, shares her experiences about coding/robotics class at school and her search for accessible coding applications for...
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Field Test an iOS App (TestFlight and CodeQuest apps)

Updated 2/10/20 with a student-made video of how to provide feedback through the TestFlight app! App developers are just that - they DEVELOP apps; rarely do...
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Assistive Technology for Fluctuating Eyesight

Assistive Technology for Fluctuating Eyesight When I was in middle school, I noticed that it was easier to read text early in the morning compared to later...
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Accessing and Succeeding in STEM Courses: Call

The Science and Engineering Division of the National Federation of the Blind and the National Association of Blind Students present a joint phone conference on...
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APH Math and Science App Development Survey

APH continues to develop more apps to facilitate math and science study, but first APH wants to know what you need! If you have a suggestion or an idea, please...
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Teaching Number Line Math Skills: Part 1

Mainstream kindergarten and first grade classrooms would not be complete without proudly displaying the alphabet and a number line on the wall. Often taped to...
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Brainfuse Online Tutoring Review

This semester, I discovered that I need some extra help with some of my data science coursework involving physics and statistics, so I went looking for online...
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Screen Reader for Low Vision Students?

For a variety of reasons, students who have functional vision are often resistant to using a screen reader. Should these students be introduced to a screen...
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Ten "Odd" Things I Do With Double Vision

For as long as I can remember, I have had double vision that causes me to see two of everything. The way I see double has fluctuated over time- sometimes I see...
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WebAIM Screen Reader Survey #8

Accessing the web is a critical component in today's classroom. WebAIM's goal is to help make the web more accessible to individuals with disabilities by...
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From a Distance Part 1: Take a Picture, It Lasts Longer

I’ve always had low vision.  I never knew anything different, and frankly I think a lot of the experiences I had as a young woman with low vision shaped who I...
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Dealing with Anxiety about Accommodations

There were many times when I was in middle and high school that I had to deal with anxiety related to receiving accommodations in the classroom for my vision...
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Dr. Seuss: Hop on Pop Interactive eBook App

Read Across America Day is a nationwide reading celebration that takes place every on March 2 - Dr. Seuss's birthday. Classrooms celebrate Dr. Seuss and his...
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Wolfram Alpha

Wolfram Alpha According to the Wolfram Alpha website, “Wolfram Alpha is a unique online engine for computing answers and providing knowledge. It works by using...
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Aeden's Journey on the iPad: Part 4

Lesson 10:  I can use two finger swipe up/down to activate the reading commands: say all and say all from the cursor. Materials needed iPad Page on...
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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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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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My Eight Favorite Free Fonts for Print Disabilities

At the beginning of each school year, I often have the opportunity to teach people about how to create accessible materials for someone with low vision, and...
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Accessibility Review of SpellQuiz Website

SpellQuiz is a an online spelling quiz program, offering students opportunities to learn and practice spelling words. SpellQuiz includes spelling words for...
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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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Dear Ms. Teacher

Dear Ms. Teacher, I hope you are having a great day and I hope this is a good time. I am writing because the equipment to help me with my visual impairment is...

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