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Kindergarten student following a cruise ship path through the Adriatic Sea with text, "Cruise Ship Tactile Graphics!"

Building World Concepts 2: Cruise Ship

In the first Building World Concepts post, first grade Logan examines a tactile graphic of a bus and then then follows his grandma and Noni's travels through...
Cover of Addyson book with an adorable preschooler holding a chalkboard sign, "Addyson 1st day of preschool, 2021-2022"

1st Day of Preschool: ePub Book

Social media blows up at the beginning of each school year as thousands of "first day" of school pictures are uploaded and shared. First day activities often...
First grade student wearing glasses with hands exploring a tactile map and text, "Building World Concepts"

Building World Concepts with Tactile Graphics

Remember sitting down with the family to watch slides after the grandparents went on vacation? Fast forward to 21st century grandparents - who FaceTime from...
Screenshot of the Boom Deck cover: icon of the ABC's in simulated braille with the image of a hand reading the Braille.

Braille Boom Cards: Braille Learning Series 4

TVI Jeanette Norman has created and shared free cane and braille-related Boom Decks for students with low vision. Her latest Boom Card Deck shares three...
Cover of the Shenandoah National Park Vacation book (mom holding hands with her two preschoolers) and text, "Experience Book"

Shenandoah National Park Vacation: Experience Book

Just how important are emerging reader books, especially books about the student? Creating books about things the student is interested in or things the...
Photos of the Drums and Instruments book covers and text, "Emerging Reader Books."

Emerging Reader Books: Instruments and Drums

Drum roll . . . can you recognize the different types of drums and instruments in these simple emerging reader books? Created for students with low vision,...
Image of a carved pumpkin and text, "Pumpkin-themed Worksheets"

Creating Tactile Graphics Images Part 8: Multiple Pumpkin Worksheets

Now that we know how to quickly create a variety of preschool and early elementary worksheets, let's quickly create themed worksheets to teach a variety of...
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Back to School with Bookshare!

Back to school has started and Bookshare is helping teachers prepare their classrooms for students with special needs. Bookshare's free guide, Launch Into...
Photo of dolphin "stay between the lines" maze and text, "Creating Tactile Graphic Mazes"

Creating Tactile Graphics Images Part 4: Maze Worksheets

Preschool and kindergarten classrooms are full of worksheets with fun images to color, find, circle, count, etc. Students with vision are learning and...
4 year old tapping top of the iPad screen and text, "Spatial Tech Standards: Directional Terms"

Spatial Tech Standards 1: Directional Terms

This series is designed to show how a tablet (in this case an iPad, but the same is true with any tablet) can be used to systematically teach critical...
Screenshot of TinyTap app while creating the Spring Flowers interactive book. "Creating Interactive Customized Books & Games"

TinyTap App: CVI-Friendly Books and Games

Did you know that you can create customized INTERACTIVE books and games? Interactive - meaning that you can make an image or area on the screen an interactive...
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Tech Standards: Why Teach Digital Concepts Early?

Teachers of students with visual impairments or blindness are responsible for teaching so many things. How do you prioritize what to teach when? It used to be...
Letter "A" with word bubble and image of a red apple. Text, "Alphabet Book"

Alphabet Bubble Book: CVI Emerging Reader

Emerging readers need exposure to letters and phonics early - including emerging readers with Cortical Visual Impairment (CVI). This lowercase alphabet book...
Image of the B (bunny) tactile coloring page with text, "Braille Alphabet Coloring Page"

Braille Alphabet Coloring Pages

Inclusion is what we all strive for. I always think back to sitting with a student when I worked with a young child in a gen ed classroom years ago. The class...
Photo of toddler pressing silicone buttons with index fingers using Dimpl Duo toy.

Dimple Duo: Toy to Develop Finger Strength

Dimple Duo by Fat Brain Toys is a fun sensory play educational toy, that can be used increase finger strength and finger isolation. The toy has six silicone...
title page of the Five Little Ducks book with text, "Creating Accessible Books"

Creating Accessible Books Using Pages

Emerging readers should have access to fun digital books - just like their peers! The books can be read aloud to the student, the student can listen to the...
BrailleBuzz logo with text, "Beginning Braille App"

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...
A page from the Rainbow Cat book with text, "This is Rainbow Cat" and image of painted ceramic cat.

Rainbow Cat Book: Emerging Reader

Emerging readers should be flooded with interesting books and these books should be available in various formats! Preschoolers love to do the same activity...
cartoon drawing of an iPad with a finger on the braille word "barn" on the answer sheet & text, "Braille Sheets: iPad Game".

ObjectiveEd: Braille Sheets

A combination of paper braille and technology? How cool is that!  Braille Sheets literacy tool that combines paper braille in tandem with with a fun app! In...
Screenshot of video: Graphic, "The Kindergarten Sight Word Dance Song" and Sight Word Lesson.

Kindergarten and First Grade Sight Words Lesson

Remote instruction activities can be challenging for young students to sit through. We know that early elementary students have trouble sitting still in class...
Young girl  reading a teacher-created print/braille book with her hands on the braille.

Teacher-Created Resource Library!

Finding Solutions Students in today's classrooms are using digital educational materials - especially now with remote instruction, online courses and virtual...
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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...
Cover page of Ocean Animals ePub with swimming dolphin, red speaker icon and text, "CVI-friendly ePub and PDF"

Adapted Ocean Animal Book for Student with CVI

For remote instruction, my student with multiple disabilities and CVI receives materials via Google Classroom. Service providers post short videos of fine...
Orbit Reader beside tablet both showing "Hello", "Hi"; text, Orbit Teacher App"

Orbit Teacher App: Remote Learning

The Orbit Reader Teacher app is a free app available for Android devices and Windows computers. Here is what Igor Feinberg wrote about how the Orbit Reader...
Photo of hands on a braille display and open app on iPhone with text, "Remote Braille Instruction: Braille AI Tutor"

ObjectiveEd and Microsoft Help Students Practice Braille During Pandemic

Thanks to a grant from Microsoft’s AI for Accessibility program, ObjectiveEd has developed Braille AI Tutor – an innovative system to enable students to...
Logos: Voice Dream Reader and Claro PDF and text, "Convert to Accessible PDFs & Images"

Inaccessible vs. Accessible PDFs: Making All PDFs Accessible!

During this crazy time of school closures and virtual instruction, educators are scrambling to find digital resources. Often general education teachers are...
Screenshot of Word Melodies Home screen with cartoon animals, musical notes and text, "Accessible Emerging Reader App"

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...
Cartoon image of smiling boy laying a couch at home holding an iPad.

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...
Image of red Help button and text, "Connecting families/students with volunteers to access curriculum during school closures."

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...
Book Creator logo and text, "Accessibility Updates: Book Creator"

Book Creator Accessibility Updates

Book Creator is a simple tool that educators, family members, and students frequently use to create fun digital books. Book Creator's latest update included...
Young boy holding and looking intently at an iPad with text, "Epic! Book App"

Epic! App Review

As educators, finding good children’s books is essential to developing literacy in students.  The Epic! app allows educators to provide students access to...
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Alphabetic Word Sign Book for Early Readers

My student has been learning to read high frequency words in braille and alphabetic word signs. She’s had the greatest success reading teacher created...
Cover of APH's The Littlest Pumpkin tactile book, music notes and text, "Story with Sound Effects".

APH's The Littlest Pumpkin Tactile Book and Sound Effects!

Music and sound effects play at just the right time as you read APH's The Littlest Pumpkin tactile book, bringing the book to life! Accompanying sound effects...
Young boy with ear buds holding an iPad with text, "Interactive Stories"

Novel Effect App Review

As educators, it is important to make literary experiences as interactive and valuable for the students that we work with. With that in mind, the Novel Effect ...
Perkins eLearning to Go logo and title: College Success Part 1: Getting Ready for Transitioning to College."

Podcast: College Success Series

The Perkins eLearning to Go podcasts cover a wide-range of topics related to working with students who are visually impaired. The current series, College...
Laughing young girl sitting on the floor interacting with an iPad and text, "Video stories"

Creating Experience Stories and Academic Videos

Now that technology is the driving force for education, it is natural that we as TVIs/O&Ms use it to teach our students. One example is using Adobe Spark...
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Student Christmas Gifts

"Yikes - it is almost winter break and what simple gift can I give to my students with visual impairments?!" This question keeps popping up and as teachers of...
 Cover page of the digital book Noelle’s Christmas Tree with an image of a Christmas tree with white lights next to a fireplace

Christmas Themed Book for Early Readers: Noelle's Christmas Tree

In first grade, my student has been learning to visually read lists of sight words. In braille, she practices reading some of the same high frequency words, as...
Active Braille, a concave 40-cell refreshable braille display with cursor router keys, a Perkin’s style keyboard with a bar keys

Active Braille

The Active Braille is a forty-cell refreshable braille display with cursor router keys, a Perkin’s style keyboard, two triple action keys, and two spacebar...
Cover page of a digital book titled I am Thankful with an image of four book boxes lined up next to each other on a shelf.

Digital Thanksgiving Book for Early Readers

This month, my student and I created a book about what she is a thankful for using the Book Creator app on an iPad. My student dictated the sentences for the...

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