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Teams Tip: Efficient Navigation in Microsoft Teams

Teams Tip: Efficient Navigation in Teams

Microsoft Teams is one of several popular learning platforms students and vision professionals are learning to use to learn and interact together in a virtual/...
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How to Create Accessible Digital Maps Using SAS Graphics Accelerator and Google Maps

This post was updated on July 3, 2020. Summary This post explains how to create non-visual digital maps that contain points of interest such as intersections...
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Zoom 101: Basic Steps for Using Zoom

In recent times, there has been a huge increase in the use of video conferencing software.  So many educators and other professionals have been required to...
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Tech Lesson Week #1: Presentations (PowerPoint, Google Slides, Keynote)

This is a perfect time for students with visual impairments to learn and master new tech skills; having strong tech skills will have a significant, lasting...
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So Many Braille Displays, Which One is Right for My Student: Part Seven

NOTE: Please see other posts in this series including: So Many Braille Displays Part One (focusing on the Brailliant BI 40 and BI 80 models) So Many Braille...
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JAWS Topics: Navigating Menu Bars

In this post, I am going to build upon the basic navigation skills outlined in my previous JAWS Topics post.  We will be providing some information on how to...
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JAWS Topics: Basic Navigation

In order to become an independent screen reader user on the computer, you will need to know how to navigate.  Today, I will discuss the most basic skills for...
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So Many Braille Displays, Which One is Right for My Student? Part Four

NOTE: Please see other posts in this series including So Many Braille Displays Part One (focusing on the Brailliant BI 40 and BI 80 models) So Many Braille...
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Reading Efficiently with a Screen Reader: Headings

Educational content is strategicially organized and formatted into sections. This helps readers to quickly find specific things and to mentally organize the...
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Excel Accessibility: Screenreader speaking of Row and Column Headers in Excel

Excel Accessibility: Screenreader speaking of Row and Column Headers in Excel Since I was assigned to teach a class this spring semester that is graphics...
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Office Lens Commands and Software Updates for Screen Readers

Office Lens converts print to accessible digital materials. Office Lens is the built-in camera available in OneNote (a Microsoft  Office 365 product) that...
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New Narrator Guide

Narrator is the native Windows 10 screen reader. With the recent release of Windows 10 (version 1809), comes improvements in Narrator and a new Narrator User...
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SAS Graphics Accelerator Video Tutorial #2: Options

Hey it’s Esteban, and thanks for watching my video tutorial. This second video describes how to use customize the Accelerator using the “options” menu. Enjoy...
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Facebook: How to Add Image Descriptions

Facebook is a popular free social networking website where people can create profiles, share information, share photos and respond to information posted by...
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The Windows Right-Click Context Menu

The Windows Right-Click Context Menu There is a plethora of keyboard shortcuts that are available for the visually impaired to utilize on a Windows operating...
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Using the Applications Key... With or Without the Key!

Setting the "context" for this post As a visual user of the computer, I use a mouse to move a visual cursor around the screen to click on different items on...
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Narrator Update: Podcast Demo

In this 30 minute podcast, David Woodbridge demonstrates the new and improved Narrator (MP3) features currently available in the beta version of Narrator....
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Microsoft Forms and Take a Test

As classroom teachers digitize their materials, they need to ensure that these materials are accessible for all students. (To learn more about creating...
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Dr. Robinson teaches how to Design a Great Background for PowerPoint presentation

Many different options for beautiful backgrounds that stand out so the world stands up and cheers. Editor's Note: This video tutorial demonstrates how to...
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Excel and label everything in your graph with talking software

Top grades for lessons require labeling of your Excel graph. This lessons shows you how to do it quickly using a screen reader.  
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Excel - Geometry & insert shapes and label graph

Combine with 3D objects or a draftsman tool kit where needed then let your student fly with math lessons using Excel - with screen reader commands.
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Histogram Excel using keyboard commands

Perform any task creating a graph for math using Excel. Combine with a draftsman tool for young students so they understand the concepts then watch them fly...
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Quadratic Trend-line with scatter plot graph including equation in Excel with Jaws talking software

Complete the most complicated math graphs using excel then move the graph right into your word document to complete math work quickly and with beauty and grace...
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Facebook Keyboard Shortcuts

Facebook is a popular social media website first developed by Mark Zuckerberg while he was a student at Havard in 2004. Registered Facebook users create...
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Hoonuit Free Technology Tutorials Review

In recent times, I have been exploring a variety of virtual resources that libraries make available to library cardholders for free, inspired by one of my...
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PowerPoint and Screen Readers

Even young students are learning to create simple multi-media presentations using PowerPoint. (Read more about  teaching students PowerPoint here and another...
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Microsoft OneNote and Screen Readers

Microsoft OneNote is a digital notebook that enables you to capture, organize and share information. For general information on OneNote and how to get started...
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Windows 10 version 1709 update for screen readers

On October 17, 2017, Windows 10 Fall Creator's Edition, version 1709 will be rolled out. This is a major update with new features and refines the user...
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Microsoft Learning Tools for OneNote: Accessibility Features

One in five students struggle with dyslexia - including many students who are also visually impaired.  Fully integrated into OneNote, Microsoft Learning Tools...
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Accessible Kindle for PC

Kindle for PC (1.19.1 and above) supports NVDA (2017.1 and above), JAWS and Microsoft Narrator screen readers on Windows 7, Windows 8 or 8.1 and Windows 10 in...
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Keyboard Shortcuts Part 2: Students with Low Vision

Most students - and teachers - use mainstream keyboard shortcut commands to quickly navigate and interact with a computer.  Keyboard shortcut commands, such as...
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Keyboard Shortcuts Part I: Sharon's Shortcuts

Do you use a PC?  Chances are you know and use some keyboard shortcuts, such as the keyboard commands to copy (Control + C) and paste (Control + V).  You...
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BARD Express: Easy way to access audio NLS books

The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) has recently released BARD Express - a simplified way to browse and download NLS...
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Quorum Programming Language: Accessible Programming

Computer science is a wide open field for everyone - including people who are visually impaired.  Do you have a student who is currently interested in or is...
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Changing Accessibility Settings on Computers, Tablets and Mobiles

AbilityNet provides easy step-by-step instructions on how to change accessibility settings on computers, tablets and mobiles to enable users with visual...
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Facebook Accessibility for Users with Visual Impairments

Facebook's accessibility team has been hard at work to make Facebook even better for users with visual impairments and blindness.  Facebook, which began as a...
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Windows 10 Upgrade for Assistive Technology Users

For the general public, the free upgrade offer for Windows 10 ends on July 29, 2016.  However, if you use assistive technologies, you can still receive the...
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Future Improvements to Narrator in Windows 10

Learn about the future improvements to Narrator for Windows 10.  The Narrator website includes details about each feature and the hotkey commands that...
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Using Mail for Windows 10 with Narrator

Learn how to use the Mail app with Windows 10 running Narrator, the built-in screen reader. Microsoft Support offers clearly written instruction and videos on...
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Improvements to Narrator in Windows 10

Microsoft shares the improvements to Window 10's Narrator, the built-in screen reader.  These improvements focused on performance, reliable reading and...

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