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Is Social Media Accessible?

Social media is important to students - including students with visual impairments. Social media is a convenient way to access information, provide information...
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QR Codes: Making Books and Worksheets Accessible!

QR Codes are exciting new teaching tools that can be used to make educational materials accessible! Teaching Superkids has created bundles of QR Codes with...
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Flip phones for the Visually impaired are still relevant!

In a world of Smart devices, one can really become overwhelmed with so many options and learning curves.  Sometimes, though, you just need to make a simple...
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Goodreads: The Bookworm's Best Friend

I don't know about where you are, but here it's colder than a politician’s heart! Seriously, though the days are getting longer and the sun is shining, it's...
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Samsung phone with TalkBack

Inclusive Android shares information on how to get started with a Samsung phone and TalkBack, Android's screen reader. This post includes step-by-step...
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Intro to Chrome & Chrome OS Accessibility Video Series

Many schools are using the Chrome browser (on any device) and/or have adopted Chromebooks. Want to learn more about Chrome and Chrome Operating Systems (OS)?  ...
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5 Free Accessible News Apps for Low Vision

In the last few years, several news apps have been released so that users can keep up with what is going on in their town, in their country, and in their world...
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Google Maps: Bus and Train Stations

Smart phones are used for navigation purposes by everyone, including people who are visually impaired. Google Maps has some interesting bus and train transit...
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WebAIM Screen Reader Survey #7 Results

Over the years, WebAim has facilitated surveys about the preferences of screen reader users. The 7th survey, which was done in October 2017, received 1,792...
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Pairing screen reader with web browser

Ever wonder why there are odd behaviors when you use a different web browser? These unexpected behaviors may be frustrating for some screen reader users. How...
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Google Maps Offline

As an O&M, it would be a dream for all of our community traveling students and clients to have a smartphone with an unlimited data plan.  In reality, many...
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Sprint and free KNFB Reader app

Sprint Corporation, commonly referred to as Sprint, is a U.S. telecommunications holding company that provides wireless services and is an internet service...
Deirdre Watkins, teacher of the visually impaired

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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Comparisoning devices that support braille displays

In the summer of 2017, the National Federation for the Blind reviewed and compared braille support for the following devices: Windows and JAWS Windows...
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Introducing Technology to Students with Visual Impairments: Toddler, Preschool and Kindergarten

When do you start? Now!  Everywhere you go, people are using technology to text, listen to music, watch a video, play a game, participate in social media,...
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BrailleBack Beta: Braille for Android Devices

BrailleBack app enables a blind user to connect a refreshable braille display to his/her Android device.  With your Android device running TalkBack, the...
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Watching the Solar Eclipse with Low Vision

It seems like everyone around me has been extremely excited for the solar eclipse. There have been lines that spanned across parking lots to get the special...
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Smart Home by Wasserstein: Smart light bulb and smart plug Review

A 'smart home' is a home equipped with appliances, lighting, heating/air conditioning, camera systems, security systems, etc. that can be monitored and...
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Texting Etiquette for Low Vision

One of my friends found a post online that was telling people not to include several emojis in the middle of a text message if the recipient is visually...
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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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Is that App Accessible or Not? Support Accessibility

The App Store and Google Play are full of educational apps geared for all levels of students.  Mainstream classroom teachers are using these fun educational...
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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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Accessibility of Android O: software updates

Android O is currently available to BETA users.  At the developer's conference last week, Android's accessibility team held a prominent position as they...
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Text Relay for Deaf Blind Users

Students are taught what to do in case of an emergency.  Preschoolers and kindergarten students learn their address and phone number.  They also learn about...
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Aware App Review: Indoor Wayfinding app

The Aware App by Sensible Innovations provided a demonstration at the 2017 ADA Symposium in Colorado.  Using iBeacons to relay the information to the user's...
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AFB and Google: Training the Trainer

Often when discussing my job with friends, I talk about emails, not specific emails mind you, just the active daily duty of emailing. At my rehabilitation...
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335 Navigator App: Android music and audio app

Listen to over 10,000 on-line radio stations as well as media using the 335 Navigator App.  This free app is designed specifically for users who are visually...
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Super Tile Smash: Accessible Smart Phone Game

Super Tile Smash is a fully accessible puzzle game.  The layout is a 4x5 grid with various shapes/objects/colors on the screen.  Drag your finger around the...
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KNFB Instructional Videos

KNFB Reader is a mobile app that reads print aloud.  Designed specifically for users who are visually impaired or blind, KNFB Reader is accessible and easy to...
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WebSonora App: Android App

The WebSonora app is designed to enable users to easily search the Internet using voice commands and a simplified interface.  Once the app is opened, simply...
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How Android Accessibility Has Evolved

Over the past few years Android has evolved quite a lot. Back when Google TalkBack first came out to compete with Apple's voiceover screen reader, voiceover...
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Blind People Reading Print They Can’t See? There’s an App for That!

This was originally posted on the Blind With Vision Blog. I am a legally blind individual with an eye condition called Bardet Biedl Syndrome and have...
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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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Bookshare’s Go Read App for Android Makes Accessible Reading Easier Than Ever

Bookshare, the online accessible library that is free for all U.S. students with a qualifying print disability such as blindness, low vision, a physical...
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Word for Android: How to Read a Document

Microsoft Word is now accessible on Android devices with TalkBack! Learn how to use TalkBack commands to read Word documents on Android devices. These same...
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Aware App: Indoor Navigation App

The Aware App is designed to help visually impaired users to explore and travel indoor surroundings independently.  The Aware app, which runs on either iOS or...
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Voice Dream Reader App

Voice Dream Reader is a text to speech app that has 186 voices to choose from and includes 30 languages.  Voice Dream Reader has synchronized highlighting...
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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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TalkBack 5.0.4.3 Updates

The new TalkBack 5.0.4.3 has major updates for web users, text editing, multipage views and more. It is a free update and is available in Google Play.  This...
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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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