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Kaleigh's Tools to Access Education in College Interview

Using a CCTV and reading 4 or 5 words per minute at the end of second grade to reading 79 words per minute using JAWS; learn how technology was a game changer...
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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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How to Learn Another Language with Duolingo: A Student's App Review

Sienna is back with another video blog! In this video, she reviews and demonstrates the accessibility of the Duolingo app on her iPad while using VoiceOver. ...
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Socratic App Accessibility Review

As a college student studying data science, I have to have a basic understanding of different subjects and topics so that I can better understand the data I am...
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Learn How to Code Being a Blind Kid: Video #2 Swift Playgrounds

Sienna, a vivacious 4th grader from Guatemala, created a quick video demonstrating the Swift Playgrounds app. Swift Playgrounds is Apple's app that teaches...
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Learn How to Code Being a Blind Kid: Video #1 CodeQuest

Sienna, a fourth grade student in Guatemala, shares her experiences about coding/robotics class at school and her search for accessible coding applications for...
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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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How I arrange my iPad Homescreen

The other day, my friend and I were talking about our favorite apps on our iPads, which led to another discussion about how I arrange my iPad homescreen so...
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Understanding Swift Playgrounds

Hi! I’m Tyler Sheft. I enjoy working with Swift Playgrounds. I love coding and all the sounds the characters make. They sometimes crack me up. This video is...
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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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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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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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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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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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SoloLearn Programming App Review

I've been working towards learning more about programming and coding languages outside of the classroom, because I want to stand out more when applying for...
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Respondus LockDown Browser Accessibility for Visual Impairment

Since the start of my freshman year at my university, I have taken over a dozen online classes- read more about why and how in my post about virtual college...
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How to Use VoiceOver For Beginners

When I started teaching myself how to use VoiceOver, I often got very frustrated at how much of a challenge it seemed to be. There were moments where I...
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How Do People with Vision Impairments . . . Use Emoji?

Every time I turn around, I feel like I am seeing people use emoji, which have become a defining pop culture element of today's society. People of all ages are...
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Be My Eyes

Be My Eyes is a free app for blind or low vision people. It can be downloaded on either IOS or Android and has many languages and preferential user settings....
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How Do People with Vision Impairments . . . watch a MLB Baseball Game?

When I went to St Louis, I had the opportunity to attend a St Louis Cardinals MLB baseball game on one of the nights while I was there. While the weather was...
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TumbleBooks for Low Vision Review

Many libraries have started providing eBooks for cardholders- read more about digital library resources here. While many eBook titles available are targeted at...
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Hoonuit Free Technology Tutorials Review

In recent times, I have been exploring a variety of virtual resources that libraries make available to library cardholders for free, inspired by one of my...
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Using Coca-Cola Freestyle Machines with Low Vision

My brother and I went to lunch the other day at a restaurant that uses a Coca-Cola Freestyle Machine, where customers can select a drink of their choice using...
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VR for VI: How Visually Impaired Students Can Use Virtual Reality

Virtual reality technology has been changing how many different industries present and interpret information, and education is no exception. While it may not...
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How Do People with Vision Impairments . . .identify Money?

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to meet people from the US Bureau of Engraving, which designs and produces paper money, amongst other things, for the...
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Five Free Ways To Use Technology For Locating Your Phone

At one point, my friend was holding onto my phone while we walked across campus. When we got back to my dorm, my friend realized that my phone was not where...
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Why To Attend Therapy Dog Reading Programs

Dedicated to beagle butt, who attended over 50 therapy dog reading programs and helped dozens of children be comfortable around dogs. This week, a news story...
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Snapchat and Low Vision

Recently, I was talking to one of my friends who asked me how people with low vision can access social media applications. With so many visual apps out there,...
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Dear Ms. Teacher

Dear Ms. Teacher, I hope you are having a great day and I hope this is a good time. I am writing because the equipment to help me with my visual impairment is...
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Screen Recorder: iOS 11 Feature

iOS 11 has several new features, including the Screen Recorder feature. The screen recorder feature enables you to capture of video recording of what you are...
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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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BlindSquare--Liberating Blind People from a Square of Restriction

If a person is blind, it costs only $39.99 to buy his freedom! This liberation that will allow someone to travel many new places is in the form of an...
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How do YOU use Apple Products?

Apple released a series of videos showcasing how individuals with a variety of disabilities have integrated Apple devices and apps with accessibility features...
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College Preparedness Series #2: How to Buy Digital Textbooks

Welcome! In this series, I will discuss how to start the semester off right, with all of the tools and tricks I have learned. Topics covered will include...
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Accessible Animated Effects in Messages: iOS 10

Do you use the new features of the Messaging app? I didn't know they were useable with VO. You may not appreciate the visuals, but VO will describe them for...
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Language-Learning on the IPhone

Language Learning on the Iphone. You want to learn a new language, and you're a Blind or Visually-impaired IOS User. So where do you start? Here is a...
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3D-Touch with VoiceOver on the iPhone 6s Plus

How does 3D Touch with VoiceOver on the iPhone 6s  actually work? Photo App:  In the Photo app running VoiceOver, pick a photo and hold your finger on the...
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Speak Screen for iOS8 and Above

Speak Screen is another voice option that came out with the iOS8, but its only for low vision. I prefer VoiceOver better, but this is another option.
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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...