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How to Fix Magnifier issues after Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

Are you experiencing jerky movements or jumping around the screen when using Magnifier with the Windows 10 update? The Windows 10 Fall Creators update has two...
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WebAim Screen Reader User Survey #7

WebAim - Web Accessibility In Mind - is a leading organization in assisting groups to create or retroffit their website to be accessible for everyone. WebAim...
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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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Accessing the Periodic Table

In many high school and college science classes, students often encounter the Periodic Table. Typically, it is presented in an inaccessible format, with lots...
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Help Make Math Accessible in Microsoft Edge web browser - Your Vote Counts!

A few of us here in the DIAGRAM community have been hard at work coming up with the best way to get accessible math into EPUB and Microsoft’s new Edge web...
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Bookshare: Back to School Series #2

Welcome to the second blog in our Back to School with Bookshare series. These blogs help teachers get a strong start to the school year so they can help their...
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Microsoft Office Sway: A PowerPoint alternative

Ever since it was first released in 2015, I have found myself using Microsoft Office Sway for many projects in college- at least once every semester.  It's...
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Getting Started with Audio-Supported Reading

GETTING STARTED WITH ASR Introduction Audio-Supported Reading (ASR) is a technology-based approach for accessing and working with text presented in either...
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Web Language and Terms while using a Screen Reader (Focus on Google Forms)

When using a screen reader, it is quite typical that you will access websites and applications.  On webpages and within apps, you will hear special coding and...
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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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Microsoft Accessibility: A look Back and a Look Ahead

In the past year, Microsoft has restructured their approach to accessibility.  There are 1.2 billion disabled people in the world, in a world which is becoming...
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SAS enables visually impaired to 'visualize' data

Source: SAS Cary, NC (Feb 22, 2017) People with visual impairments are often shut out from hot careers in STEM fields, including analytics and data science....
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SAS Data Science Lab: March 2 at CSUN

Register for the SAS Data Science Lab and experience data visualization in an entirely new way. SAS will present unprecedented access to data science and data...
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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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Creating Headings for a Screen Reader: Lesson Plan

I recently had the opportunity to talk with a number of wonderful Teachers of the Visually Impaired (TVIs) and Orientation and Mobility Specialists (O&Ms)...
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Accessibility Improvements for Windows 10

Want to know more about the accessibility of the newly released Windows 10 Build 15002?   More inclusive experience out of the box Narrator support for...
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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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Instapaper: read articles off line

Does your student have homework reading assignments that require him/her to access an online article and your student does not have Internet at home?  No...
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What's New in Office 365: October 2016

Check out the new Office 365 for Microsoft Windows!  There are a number of new features including in 2016, including  Editor (spelling, grammar, writing...
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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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Where in the world is my cursor?

This article will attempt to provide you with some ideas for using magnets as a tactile representative of computer concepts. First, let me alleviate a concern...
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Ranking Screen Readers in Windows 10 Anniversary Update

James Oates reviews the top three screen readers - JAWS, NVDA and Narrator - using Windows 10 Anniversary Update.  The results might surprise you!  Below is...
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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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Reading Resources

Reading is a passion of mine. I love it! There are many resources out there for visually impaired/blind people. I use a lot of these sources. Here are just a...
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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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Blind Abilities Podcast App

Blind Abilities produces podcasts and blogs dealing with accessibility, technologies, devices and enhancing opportunities in the job market for visual impaired...
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How to Read Math Equations with a Screen Reader on a Windows Computer

In this video, Brice demonstrates the basic commands used to navigate math equations on a Windows machine running NVDA.  The same principles apply when using...
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SAS Flash Cards: an App for Windows 10

SAS Flash Cards for Windows 10 enables educators and students an easy way to create, learn and share flash cards.  Create your own decks or choose decks...
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Nemeth Tutorial: Web-based Curriculum and Activities

APH has created a free Nemeth Code tutorial - a complete curriculum with training activities and practice exercises for first grade through eleventh grade!  ...
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Lessons for Beginners Using Screen Readers

This article explains how to introduce a student - particularly a young student - to using a screen reader.  Sharon demonstrates several fun activities and the...
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WebAIM: Screen Reader User Survey #6 Results

In July 2015, WebAIM conducted a screen reader survey with more than 25,000 participants.  This survey tracks historic trends of primary screen readers,...
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How to Manage Accessibility Features in Windows 10

This article discusses how to manage the built-in accessibility settings in Windows 10 including a brief description of each feature.   The various options for...
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Office Lens: A Free Scanning App

Office Lens is an accessible scanning app that easily converts printed text into an editable digital Word or PowerPoint documents - allowing users to type or...
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Getting Started with Windows 10

This link discusses the built-in Windows 10 accessibility features, including  sections on how to make your PC easier to use, hear text read aloud with...

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