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 Program directors Leslie Thatcher and Kate Katulak, and Text: "College Success@Perkins. Compass."

Compass Program: Informational Meeting and Registration

Questions about Compass? Join us for a virtual info session on February 10. We're now accepting applications for the 2021-22 session of Compass, our nine-month...
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National Homework Hotline for Blind or Visually Impaired Students: Part 2

The National Homework Hotline for Blind and Visually Impaired students (NHH-BVI) was created in response to the school closures due to COVID. (See Homework...
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BrailleBuzz App Review

Teachers are buzzing about APH's new beginning braille letter app, BrailleBuzz! This is a sister app to the popular stand-alone BrailleBuzz toy. Both games...
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Remote Instruction using Seesaw for Dual Media Learner

Seesaw is an online platform that had been used by schools prior to COVID- 19 in New Hampshire to communicate with parents and share student work. Once schools...
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ABC's of iOS: A VoiceOver Manual for Toddlers and Beyond!

UPDATE! The ABC's of iOS manual is currently available FREE for everyone!  Are you a parent or teacher of a toddler, preschooler, or kindergarten student who...
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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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ObjectiveEd Daily Live Webinars

We are now offering two live webinars every day - one focused on Orientation & Mobility skills and Assistive Technology skills, and another focused on...
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Word Melodies: Emerging Reading and Writing App

Update: 4/8/20 Word Melodies version 1.0.1 is now available in Google Play as well as in the App Store. This new release fixed the bugs mentioned below. I am...
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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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Objective Ed: How it works

To help students with visual impairments during this crisis, ObjectiveEd is providing free access to their digital curriculum to schools and teachers to use...
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Working Together to Support Students with Visual Impairments to Access Curriculum

The Idea We know that there are students with visual impairments who do not have full access to online curriculum, supplemental activities, or resources...
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Screen Reader Tech Activities: Thanksgiving Lesson Plan

How do you start teaching digital literacy skills to young students who are learning technology?  Memorizing a list of commands is B-O-R-I-N-G! How about...
Ipad displaying Chapter 3 of A Very Wimpy Kid with two-fingers making the Read All VoiceOver gesture.

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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Noelle the Cat ePub

This month I created six more digital accessible books for my kindergarten student using the Book Creator App. Attached is an ePub file of my version of the...
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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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Creating and/or Using Simple Digital Books

I still remember that first picture book that I read - ok, memorized - as a preschooler. I read that book over and over again, to myself, to mom and dad, my...
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Rhyming Activities for Early Readers

Rhyming words are simply two words that end with the same sound. Emerging readers often learn to read, write and spell using Word Families - a group of words...
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Zoey the Dog: iBook

This month, my third grade student created a digital book about her dog Zoey. This book served several purposes. Addressing IEP goals to engage in writing,...
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TVI, O&M or Parent? We need testers!

ObjectiveEd, our new company building curriculum-based games for pre-K through 12th grade students, needs testers for the new games. Our first few games are...
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Song Activities for Preschool & Kindergarten: Alphabet, Sight Words, Science & More

Teachers working with young students often incorporate fun songs and videos to reinforce concepts. Students who are visually impaired typically love music,...
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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...
Two braille Devices, BrailleSense Polaris and Actilino.

An overview of Braille Devices

Introduction Whether you are a blind user searching for the refreshable braille device that best meets your needs, a parent looking for a device for your...
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Blindfold Spin and Solve: iOS Game

Blindfold Spin and Solve is a fully accessible braille version of the Wheel of Fortune game. The object of the game is to identify the phrase by guessing...
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Riley's Transition to Middle School Video

Transitioning to a new school and tired of all those questions about blindness? Here is a fun way to educate teachers and peers! The goals for this video were...
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Using Siri on a Mac

Siri is a built-in "intelligent assistant" that enables Apple device users to speak commands to operate their device and to interact with apps. Siri is often...
Toddler sitting at a kitchen table with his finger on a glowing iPad screen.

Introducing Technology to Students with Visual Impairments: Toddler, Preschool and Kindergarten

When do you start? Now!  Everywhere you go, people are using technology to text, listen to music, watch a video, play a game, participate in social media,...
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VoiceDream Reader on Sale!

Summer is for reading - have you tried reading with your ears?  Voice Dream Reader is a popular app that reads articles, documents na dbooks out loud.  ...
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Is that App Accessible or Not? Support Accessibility

The App Store and Google Play are full of educational apps geared for all levels of students.  Mainstream classroom teachers are using these fun educational...
MAP field test: High school student's fingers are on a Braille Focus paired to an iPad displaying a math graphing question.

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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Blindfold Games: 7 Tiny Words iOS App

Blindfold Word Games, which includes Hangman, Word Flick (similar to Boggle), Word Ladder and Unscramble, has built quite a following.  Recently, people have...
Student using technology for digital literacy activities: social media, Internet search, reading, calendar, etc.

Digital Literacy for Students with Multiple Disabilities

Digital Literacy is defined as the ability to use information and communication technologies to find, evaluate, create, and communicate information, requiring...
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Blindfold Games: Braille Spin & Solve

In braille, there are 6 dot positions, where each letter corresponds to a different combination of dots.  For example, the letter “A” is dot position 1, and...
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Blindfold Spin & Solve: What just happened?

This is the third blog about Spin & Solve. While the game itself became quite popular - it was the 2nd most popular game after Blindfold Bowling, many...
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VBGhost: iOS Braille game

VBGhost is a free accessible game for iPhones.  This game encourages students to learn braille dot patterns.  Based on the word game Ghost, students take turns...
Elementary students working together using LEGO fairytale blocks while writing the story on a tablet.

Hi-Tech LEGOs

The classic LEGO bricks have now gone Hi-Tech in the classroom!  Built on Common Core and state English Language Arts Standards, LEGO Education StoryStarter is...