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AtYourLevel Podcast: Invite to Talk

Update: April 5, 2021 Ari's recent podcast covers the exciting topic, Video Games! Ari interviews Minecraft's Rebecca Gordius who shares the inside scoop,...
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National Coding Symposium 2021

Hosted by APH ConnectCenter and the California School for the Blind, the free virtual National Coding Symposium will demonstrate how the world of coding,...
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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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Freedom Scientific: Student of the Month

Do you have a student who uses a Freedom Scientific device? Showcase your student's success by entering him/her into this contest!  K-12 students in the United...
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Ten Tech Skills Every College Student Needs for Virtual Classes

Recently, I received a message from a Teacher of the Visually Impaired asking about the most common tech skills for virtual classes that I use in college, as...
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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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Seven Unexpected Disability Accommodations for Virtual Learning

Seven Unexpected Disability Accommodations for Virtual Learning As a student with low vision, I am used to requesting and explaining disability...
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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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Ten Form Emails to Send to Your Professors

TEN FORM EMAILS TO SEND TO YOUR PROFESSORS Many of my friends have come to me for advice about how to email professors or ask if an email they have written...
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Our Cooking Adventure is Done... So Now What??

Assistive Tech for The Win! Up to this point, the content we’ve put out on this blog page has mostly about cooking. However, our wonderful meal kit delivery...
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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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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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Homework Hotline for Blind and Visually Impaired Students

In response to the wave of K-12 school closures across the United States due to COVID-19, a few concerned teachers of the blind and advocates got together to...
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How to Create Accessible Classroom Posters for Students with Visual Impairments

Educational posters are common fixtures in K-12 classrooms, as teachers love to find ways to present information in a fun and visual way that students can...
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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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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...
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How to Recognize Phishing Attempts with Vision Impairment

Yesterday, I received a phishing attempt in my email that was telling me about a file that someone had shared with me. The email asked me to click on a link to...
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STEM Career Showcase for Students with Disabilities

The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, in collaboration with SAS Institute, will host our annual STEM Career Showcase for Students with Disabilities on...
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Seven Things I Tell My College Suitemates About My Disability

As a college student with vision impairment and chronic illness, I have lived with several suitemates, meaning that I have my own bedroom and share a common...
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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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You Are Not Alone: Connecting with Others

Many students feel that they are different or alone. Connecting with a positive role model can influence actions and can motivate a student to strive to...
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UEB Math Online

Pusuant to Diane Brauner’s previous post on "Free Online Braille Math Training Program" , UEB Online’s new Braille mathematics program  introduces primary...
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How Bookshare Books Come to Life

When I was visiting Palo Alto, I had the opportunity to tour Bookshare headquarters and learn more about how Bookshare books come to life. As someone who has...
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Understanding Swift Playgrounds

Hi! I’m Tyler Sheft. I enjoy working with Swift Playgrounds. I love coding and all the sounds the characters make. They sometimes crack me up. This video is...
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3D printed Senior Pictures

Senior pictures are a right of passage - but what about pictures for students who are blind? Senior portraits are a time capsule - memorializing life as a...
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Be My Eyes: Microsoft Tech Support Story

Sam is a tech support agent at the Microsoft Disability Answer Desk, where he answers calls from customers who are blind or have low-vision calling through the...
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Seeing the Future: A Proposed Resource for Students with Vision Impairments

Last year, I wrote a policy idea that won the "10 Ideas" yearly policywriting contest that is hosted by the Roosevelt Institute, a student-run think tank. My...
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College Success and Career Launch Programs at Perkins

College Success @ Perkins College Success is a selective, nine-month residential program for blind or visually-impaired high school graduates – ages 18 to...
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How to Create Custom Keyboard Shortcuts in Windows

Yesterday, I was helping my friend set up their new computer and they asked me how to create custom keyboard shortcuts in Windows. They were telling me that...
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Reading Independent Titles with Kindle Unlimited

Recently, one of my former teachers self-published a novel on Amazon, and my friend asked me if I would be able to read it in an accessible format. Luckily, I...
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App Review: Blind Abilities

As my secondary students approach the age of 21, I am exposing them to more and more apps and resources that they will need to live full, high quality lives as...
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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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Ten Facts about Braille for World Braille Day

Happy World Braille Day! Today is the first ever celebration of World Braille Day, and people from all over the world are celebrating, especially people who...
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Google Search Tips

Google Search is defined as a web search engine developed by Google LLC. It is the most used search engine on the World Wide Web across all platforms, handling...
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Using Assistive Technology with Hour of Code

Today is a special day, because thousands of students from all around the world are going to be introduced to computer science for the first time with Hour of...
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Respondus LockDown Browser Accessibility for Visual Impairment

Since the start of my freshman year at my university, I have taken over a dozen online classes- read more about why and how in my post about virtual college...
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Level Up: A summer program for students with visual impairments

Level Up is a summer camp in Wichita, Kansas where middle and high school students with visual impairments learn to use screen readers, magnification software...
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How to Make Historical Documents Accessible for Vision Impairment

Ever since I joined a student-run bipartisan think tank at my university last year, I have become very interested in policy work and learning about how...
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Ten Facts About College Campus WiFi

When people hear that I am an IT major, they often assume that I know all sorts of deep dark secrets about the inner workings of our college campus wifi, as if...
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Braillenote Touch: A Successful Tool

I love using my brailleNote Touch. I write on it, and I share documents with my teachers. I type on the keyboard to write what I want. the device is different...

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