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General Guidelines for Creating Non-Visual Maps of K12 Schools, Camps and Parks

Update: 8/24/21 This Eagle Scouts group has created 20+ K12 schools, local parks and scout camps maps! View these maps in Map Library! My name is Shepard...
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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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Concept Development: Putting ORIENTATION back into O&M

In a recent series on Remote O&M Instruction for Students Transitioning to College, Victor, a rising college freshman, applied his strong O&M skills to...
Kindergarten student walking on a sidewalk using a white cane and text, "White Cane Day!"

White Cane Day!

On October 15, 1964, White Cane Day became a national observation in the United States to celebrate the achievements of people who are blind or visually...
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Concept Development: Own Your Real Estate

In a recent series on Remote O&M Instruction for Students Transitioning to College, Victor, a rising college freshman, applied his strong O&M skills to...
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Whittier Falls Housing Development Map and "Circle" Concepts

During the Perkins Non-Visual Digital Map workshop, orientation and mobility specialists learned how to create, use and apply non-visual digital map skills....
The ECC Orientation and Mobility: A Student's Perspective

Orientation and Mobility: A Student's Perspective

The ECC or Expanded Core Curriculum consists of the knowledge and skills needed by a student with a visual disability to access core content areas. Everyone...
Photo of Victor sitting in a car drawing a campus map using the Sensational BlackBoard tactile drawing tool.

Concept Development: Drawing

In a recent series on Remote O&M Instruction for Students Transitioning to College, Victor, a rising college freshman, applied his strong O&M skills to...
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AFTER Remote Instruction for Students Transitioning to College: On Campus

In Phase 2 (re-opening with COVID-19), Elon University has started individual college campus outdoor tours and has plans to allow orientation weeks over the...
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Remote O&M Instruction for Students Transitioning to College: Building a Mental Map

Victor is a high school senior who will be attending Elon University for a week this summer for the Odyssey Scholars program and will start full time in the...
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Remote O&M Instruction for Students Transitioning to College: Getting Started

How are YOU handling the high O&M needs for your soon-to-graduate high school student who is transitioning to college? Ideally, this student would have...
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How to Create 3D Printable Maps Using Touch Mapper

Summary This blog post will explain how to use Touch Mapper to create maps that can be printed on a 3D printer. Touch Mapper is a website that enables you to...
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It's My Job Podcast #9

In the ninth episode of It's My Job, Christian, a student from Texas, interviews Mr. Grant Hardy, Vancouver Bureau Reporter and Broadcast Presenter for...
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It's My Job Podcast #8

In the eighth episode of It's My Job, Christian, a student from Texas, interviews Ms. Chancey Fleet, Assistive Technology Coordinator for the New York Public...
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Upcoming Virtual O&M Opportunities

For most of us, traditional, direct service O&M with cane instruction and community travel is not an option during the current COVID-19 Stay-Home order. O...
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Live Webinars for Non-Drivers!

Three Free Webinars  “Let’s Talk Nondriving and Low Vision Driving for Teens and People in Their Early 20s” What: 2-hour webinars conducted by Dr. L. Penny...
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Middle School Virtual O&M: Thursday Zoom Meetings

Sarah Moreau and John Clare, O&Ms in Alaska, invite middle school O&M students to connect through Zoom, every Thursday during COVAD-19 school closures...
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The Gift of Independence: O&M Success Story and Activity

Students need role models! There are several wonderful YouTube vloggers (video bloggers) who share their stories, tips and successes about living with a visual...
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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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Trick-or-Treat Orientation Activity

Cooler weather, colorful leaves and pumpkins are here! Students should be settling into the new school routine and many classrooms are focusing on fall-themed...
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Coding Concepts: We're Going on a Bear Hunt

This activity has been modified for students with visual impairments with permission from the original author, Deidre Smith (JDaniel4's Mom) See her original...
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Braille Beats Fine Arts Program

The Braille Beats Fine Arts Summer Residential Intensive is an experiential arts and independent living program specially designed to meet the unique needs of...
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TSA Travel Tips

Are you planning a summer trip that includes airplane travel? TSA (Transportation Security Administration) shares information about the process of going...
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BLIND Inc. Summer Programs

BLIND Inc. (Blindness: Learning in New Dimensions) is a nationally-renowned training center for blind individuals of all ages. Founded in 1986 by the National...
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Fast Facts About Tactile Pavement

On March 18, 2019, the Google homepage featured an image that shows a blindness cane user standing on tactile pavement, with the word "Google" written across...
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Understanding Service Dog Training with Technology

A couple of weeks ago, I was talking to one of my faculty mentors about their service dog. Some of the topics we discussed included the importance of service...
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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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Incorporating Blindness Canes into Halloween Costumes

I started using a blindness cane about two months before Halloween, and found myself wondering how I was going to incorporate my blindness cane into 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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Get Ready for College: O&M Skills

What O&M skills do high school students with visual impairments or blindness need to know in order to be successful in college or in job situation? Meg...
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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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How to Use Campus Alert Systems

While I was waiting for my plane to take off a few days ago, I got a message from my campus alert system saying that the power was out, so classes may be...
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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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How Tinted Glasses Help My Light Sensitivity

When my eye doctor first recommended that I get tinted glasses in eighth grade, I was worried people might tease me for looking like I wear sunglasses all the...
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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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