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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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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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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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Amazon Children's Books and Audio Stories are Free

During COVID-19 school closures, Amazon has made their books and audio stories for children and students of all ages FREE - no subscription! Books can be...
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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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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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'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...
Active Braille, a concave 40-cell refreshable braille display with cursor router keys, a Perkin’s style keyboard with a bar keys

Active Braille

The Active Braille is a forty-cell refreshable braille display with cursor router keys, a Perkin’s style keyboard, two triple action keys, and two spacebar...
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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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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...
Ipad displaying Chapter 3 of A Very Wimpy Kid with two-fingers making the Read All VoiceOver gesture.

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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Read Books from Bookshare in Apple Books

Bookshare, a huge resource for students who are visually impaired, is an accessible FREE online library for students with print disabilities. Recently,...
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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...
Cover of the book, Noelle the Cat. The print title and picture of a fluffy white cat sitting at a window are on the cover.

Noelle the Cat ePub

This month I created six more digital accessible books for my kindergarten student using the Book Creator App. Attached is an ePub file of my version of the...
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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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So Many Braille Displays, Which One is Right for My Student: Part Three

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...
2 braille displays & text, "So many braille displays: which one is right for my Student? Brailliant BI 14 & Braille Trail Reader

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...
Book cover with colorful Easter eggs and title, " Why the Easter Bunny Brings Eggs" and text, "iBook/PDF".

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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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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Valentine's Day Puns: iBook

Candy, cards and laughter go hand-in-hand on Valentine's Day! The Valentine's Day Puns book is an accessible digital book full of candy related puns! This book...
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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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How to teach your students to read at 600 words per minute – Part 1

This series on increasing auditory reading speed is based on a master-apprentice model. In this case, successful professionals with visual impairments like me...
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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...
small white 20-cell braille display with black keys; up and down arrows on both sides of the braille, cursor buttons underneath.

Braille Me: new refreshable braille display

The Braille Me is a new smart braille display by Innovision Tech. This refreshable braille display is a 6-dot, 20-cell display with a Perkins style keyboard...
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A Day at the Beach: iBook and Tactile book

Just in time for summer! Are you planning a beach trip? Here is a great beach experience book for young readers. The book talks about many of the sights and...
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How to Give a Spelling Test Using Google Forms, Sheets and Flubaroo!

Tech savvy classroom teachers in the 21st Century are using Google Forms, Sheets and Flubaroo (add-on) to create, grade and tests, including weekly spelling...
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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Using Siri on a Mac

Siri is a built-in "intelligent assistant" that enables Apple device users to speak commands to operate their device and to interact with apps. Siri is often...
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Google Forms

One accessibility challenge that some of my Visually Impaired and blind students faced last school year was independent access to the same form of multiple...
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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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Using the Reader Available and Reader Appearance Features on iOS

A helpful feature for readers with visual impairments is the Reader Available setting available on iOS.  On portable devices such as iPods, iPhones, and iPads...
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Cinderella: iBook

In this iBook, the characters from the famous Disney book "Cinderella" are identified with their images and sounds that go along with the image. Readers are...
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The Alphabet Sound: iBook

In this iBook, each page has a letter of the alphabet with a corresponding object starting with that letter and a sound clip associated with the picture. For...
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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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Apple Introduces their New Accessibility Website

Accessibility continues to remain a top priority with Apple;  Apple kicked off the October "Hello Again" press event with a video highlighting built-in...

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