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Getting Started on a Mac with VoiceOver: Teaching Students

I often receive emails from TVIs (and students) who are new to MacOS and VoiceOver. Yes, learning a new system with a screen reader can be overwhelming! There...
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Exploring Math with Demos: Getting Started

TVIs - our mission is to help our students learn math and to love learning math! What mainstream, approved digital math tools are you teaching your students?...
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Winter Puns: Comprehension Activity

When reading, some students breeze over the words without truly understanding the meaning - missing many of the humorous lines that are weaved into the story....
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National Homework Hotline for Blind or Visually Impaired Students: Part 2

The National Homework Hotline for Blind and Visually Impaired students (NHH-BVI) was created in response to the school closures due to COVID. (See Homework...
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Santa's Sleigh Ride: Geography & Map Activities

Santa is preparing for his Christmas Eve run to deliver presents to children around the world. Find out how far it is between the North Pole and your house by...
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Format for Remote Instruction Lessons

The demand for quality accessible lessons is at an all time high during remote instruction and hybrid classrooms. Paths to Technology is building a Lesson...
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13 Colonies Lesson

The 13 British Colonies joined together to form the original United States. A colony, is a group of people who leave their native country to form in a new land...
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Vermont Farm Lesson: Elementary Student

During the Perkins Non-Visual Digital Map workshop, orientation and mobility specialists learned how to create, use and apply non-visual digital map skills....
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Why Non-Visual Digital Maps for Young Students?

Accessible, interactive digital maps? As an O&M with 30+ years experience, I regularly use tactile maps to help my students learn about O&M concepts...
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Remote O&M Instruction for Students Transitioning to College: Building a Mental Map

Victor is a high school senior who will be attending Elon University for a week this summer for the Odyssey Scholars program and will start full time in the...
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Remote O&M Instruction for Students Transitioning to College: Getting Started

How are YOU handling the high O&M needs for your soon-to-graduate high school student who is transitioning to college? Ideally, this student would have...
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SAS Accessibility Webinar: Exploring Accessible Campus Maps

SAS Graphics Accelerator recently released the ability to create and access customized digital maps using their cutting-edge software. With the current school...
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What Distance Learning Means to Me: 8th Grader with Low Vision

COVID-19 school closures have thrown students and teachers into the 21st century and for many students with visual impairments, this new classroom format has...
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Webinar: Learn how to create accessible charts, graphs, and maps

Update: The recording of the webinar and the related resources are now available on the SAS website here. I’m a blind professional. I lost my vision about 15...
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Companies/Organizations Providing Support and Free Subscriptions during School Closure

As each state embarks on providing remote instruction to students, many companies are providing free training through video conferencing and webinars, as well...
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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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Virtual Instruction: Zoom Video Conferencing Platform

Zoom is a leader in accessible video and audio conferencing. With school closures, educators are turning to Zoom as a means to provide virtual instruction....
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News by the Numbers: Online Workshop

News by the Numbers: High-Contrast and Nonvisual Access to Data Representations Remote-only workshop with Ed Summers, Director of Accessibility, SAS; and...
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The Power of Spotlight Search

My academic high school student has been learning to use a MacBook Air with Voiceover (VO). She was initially introduced to the layout of the screen using a...
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Tech Standards for Students with VIB: What's Happening

Students with visual impairments and blindness are successfully using technology in the classroom and it is exciting to see how technology has a positive...
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Where Do Commas Belong? Grammar Activity

All students need to learn to use commas and have opportunities to practice using commas. Quite often braille students who are pulled out for language arts,...
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Moving Forward with Accessible Digital Math: Part 2

In Part 1 of this series, we discussed several unique tech-related skills that students with visual impairments need to fully interact with and understand math...
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Moving Forward with Accessible Digital Math: Part 1

There are digital tools available that enable students with visual impairments to access digital math and more resources are being developed! As educators, we...
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'Twas the Night Before Christmas: Teaching Comprehension

As educators, we often teach basic reading skills, such as identifying letters, words, building vocabulary and spelling. However, when was the last time you...
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SAS Graphics Accelerator Summary Page

Are you interested in learning about accessible digital charts and graphs? SAS Graphics Accelerator is a free Chrome extension that enables users to access...
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Getting Started with VoiceOver on the Mac: Menu Bar, Desktop, and Dock

Transitioning between operating systems is never easy, but transitioning between operating systems and accessibility software brings another layer of...
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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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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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Choosing a Habitable Planet: Data Analysis Activity

The year is 2029 and global warming disaster scenarios have become real - temperatures have increased drastically, glaciers have melted and sea levels have...
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Charts and Graphs Skills Review

Part of the SAS Accessibility Team recently taught this activity with students in the SAVVY Transition Program in North Carolina. This post is follows the...
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Tomb of the Unknown Soldier: iBook

Here is a free, fully accessible iBook dedicated to the Tomb of Unknown Soldier. This iBook explains the purpose behind the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the...
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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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Accessible Online Calculus Course

Accessible online math resources are tough to find. Flying Blind has recommended Professor Kleitman's course, Calculus for Beginners. If you have tried this...
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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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Using Apple Vis to Connect My Students to the VI Tech Community

As a Teacher of the Visually Impaired and Assistive Technology Specialist, I seek opportunities for my secondary students to read about the authentic...
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Activity: Creating line charts from Yahoo Finance stock market data

Objective The objective of this activity is to teach your student how to create a specific type of line chart called a time series chart. The ability to...
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Activity: Reading line charts that show stock market data

Objective The objective of this activity is to teach your student how to quickly determine the shape and trend of a line chart. We do that by scanning the...
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Free Hadley Tutorial Videos

Hadley Institute for the Blind and Visually Impaired has created iFocus videos - short and easy-to-follow videos on on the accessibility features of Apple...

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