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Introducing the Orbit Teacher Platform

Press release submitted to Paths to Technology by Orbit Research.  SONIPAT, INDIA – October 15, 2019 –  Orbit Research announced the launch of the Orbit...
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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...
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Noelle's Pumpkin: Fall Themed Digital Book for Early Readers

This month, I created a pumpkin themed book for my first grade dual media learner using the Book Creator App. Since she loves cats, I wrote a simple story...
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Going Nuts about a New School Year

Ask your student his/her "resolutions" for the new school year! This fun activity can be done with an individual student as an O&M or VI lesson or with the...
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WEbAIM Screen Reader User Survey #8 Results

WebAIM is a non-profit organization with a mission to expand the potential of the web for people with disabilities by providing the knowledge, technical skills...
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Code Jumper: APH and Humanware International Partners

We are very pleased to be the chosen partner by the American Printing House for the Blind to distribute Code Jumper internationally outside of the US....
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APH Accessible Crossword Puzzle App Review

Update 9/4/2019 APH recently updated their APH Crossword  web-browser game. There are several noteable updates, including: Letters are larger -  match the...
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Preparing a Low Vision Student to Use a Screen Reader

This is the second post in the screen reader for low vision series. The first post, Screen Reader for Low Vision Students? Includes common indicators that a...
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Benefits of Using a Braille Display with Emerging Readers

Refreshable Braille Displays (RBD) are peripheral devices that display braille characters, usually be raising and lowering dots through holes in a flat surface...
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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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Aira is now FREE!

Aira is a service that assists individuals who are visually impaired by interpreting visual information. Through the app, this service connects the visually...
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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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Adding Alt Text to an Image in Word for Office 365

Alt Text description of book on the post's featured image: "Microsoft Word document displaying the image of the book cover Frank and Beanswith an alt text pane...
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How Do People with Vision Impairments . . . Take Selfies?

When one of my friends who has no usable vision came to visit Washington DC, we decided to figure how blind people take selfies, or rather how someone with low...
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Vital: Exploring Accessible Digital Graphics

Vital is a combination of an accessible app that enables students with visual impairments to actively interact with digital images and a website where...
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Vital: Creating Accessible Digital Images

Vital is a tool that enables students with visual impairments to actively interact with digital images through auditory, haptic and text-to-speech. As 21st...
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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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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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I Have VI Technology, Now What?

I had the pleasure of presenting at the 2019 DC/MD annual AER conference.  My presentation focused on common issues that TVIs and service providers faced when...
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So Many Braille Displays, Which One is Right for My Student? Part Two

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: Reading by Paragraphs

Just as there are many types of books to read, there are also many reasons to read. Reading a textbook or technical article for school/work requires full...
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Easter Writing/Tech Activities for Students Who Use Screen Readers

Are you looking for some fun Easter-themed activities? Use these activities to practice tech skills! This is a great way to review tech skills in preparation...
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Why the Easter Bunny Brings Easter Eggs: Folktale

This fun European folktale is one explanation of why a bunny brings eggs at Easter. A folktale is a legend or tale that has a moral or lesson and is typically...
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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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All About that Base(Line): Strategies on Getting your Student's Baseline Typing Speed

NOTE: Please see these related articles on touch typing skills and resources: Starting from Scratch: Where Do I Start When Teaching My Visually Impaired...
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How to teach your students to read at 600 words per minute – Part 4

Let the student drive It is important to let your student be the person interacting with the device during practice sessions. The ability to control when...
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How to teach your students to read at 600 words per minute – Part 3

Use content that fascinates The most important criterion for choosing content that your student will use to practice reading speed is the degree to which the...
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Algebra By Hand: A Web-based Tool

At Learn By Hand, we set out to create a web-based tool that would allow visually impaired students to independently practice algebra skills. Our first step...
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How I Use My Phone for Orientation and Mobility

Over the weekend, an image went viral of a woman holding a blindness cane and using a phone at the same time. Many people assumed that the woman was faking her...
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How to teach your students to read at 600 words per minute – Part 2

Before we discuss tools, I must clarify that our goal is to increase your student’s auditory reading speed. Residual vision should not be used during this...
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Coursicle Class Scheduling App Review

A few semesters ago, I had to switch around a bunch of my classes. I went through my school's class database and made notes of the new classes I wanted to take...
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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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How to Fix Android Settings that Turn Off Automatically

Smart phones are not always . . .well, as smart as we think. Some Android smart phone users are having trouble apps/settings shutting off. This article from...
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12 Safe Alternatives to the Bird Box Challenge

In recent times, I have seen a new social media trend flooding my timeline called the Bird Box Challenge (#BirdBoxChallenge). The concept of the challenge is...
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Be My Eyes App Review

During my senior year of high school, I was researching assistive technology apps and found a Be My Eyes review. I was interested in the concept of having a...
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Emojis Activities: the digital language of emotion

Emojis are defined as a small digital image or icon used to express an idea, emotion, etc. in electronic communication. With face-to-face interactions,...
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Emojis and Accessibility

Emojis are apart of our digital world. These little icons help express our emotions and provide insight into our personalities and emotions. Background on...
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Eight Ways to Read Handwritten Cards with Assistive Technology

Yesterday, a close friend of mine gave me a handwritten card. They were worried at first that I would have trouble reading it, as they weren't sure if there...
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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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Five reasons why your students should learn to read at a rate of 600 words per minute

My personal perspective When I was in elementary school, I was diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP). I hated to read because of RP. I had a great deal of...

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