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It's My Job Podcast #13: Lori Scharff

Welcome to thirteenth episode of the It’s My Job podcast. Jose, a transition student from Colorado, is interviewing Lori Scharff from New York. She is an...
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It's My Job Podcast #12: Annie Chiappetta

In the twelfth episode of It's My Job, Jose, a student in Colorado, interviews Annie Chiappetta who is a retired family therapist and author of poems, articles...
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Teaching iPhone with VoiceOver to Adults

Multiple times each month, I receive emails from people who have a family member with recent vision loss who are seeking information on how to introduce...
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Apple Pay

Apple Pay (and Google Pay for Android users) is a mobile contact payment system and digital wallet service that enables users to pay for products and services...
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Learning Numeric Keypad Layout: Activities

What do calculators, extended keyboards, bank machines, adding machines, checkout at registers, door locks, and phone have in common? Numpads! (Also known as...
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Crowd Sourced Lesson Library

Update: The Lesson Library is now LIVE under the Paths to Technology Resource Library. Here is the direct link to the Lesson Library. Note: The Lesson Library...
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Concept Development: Putting ORIENTATION back into O&M

In a recent series on Remote O&M Instruction for Students Transitioning to College, Victor, a rising college freshman, applied his strong O&M skills to...
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TikTok: Lucy Edwards

TikTok is the recent social media phenomenon in which users share quick video clips. While many of the clips are meant to be humorous, there are "educational"...
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Whittier Falls Housing Development Map and "Circle" Concepts

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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IPEVO Camera: Near and Distance Viewing

Updated August 2020 Using IPEVO for Remote Instruction With many students starting the fall of 2020 with remote instruction, there is a critical need for...
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Recreation and Leisure: A Student's Perspective

The ECC or Expanded Core Curriculum consists of the knowledge and skills needed by a student with a visual disability to access core content areas. Everyone...
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Social Interaction Skills: A Student's Perspective

The ECC or Expanded Core Curriculum consists of the knowledge and skills needed by a student with a visual disability to access core content areas. Everyone...
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Independent Living Skills: A Student's Perspective

The ECC or Expanded Core Curriculum consists of the knowledge and skills needed by a student with a visual disability to access core content areas. Everyone...
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Our Cooking Adventure is Done... So Now What??

Assistive Tech for The Win! Up to this point, the content we’ve put out on this blog page has mostly about cooking. However, our wonderful meal kit delivery...
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How to Adapt Bocce for Blind or Visually Impaired

Bocce, an Italian lawn bowling game, is a classic summer game. Played with two teams (1, 2 or 4 people on a team) and four balls per team plus a smaller "...
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College Success @ Perkins: Compass Program

College Success @ Perkins is growing - and going virtual.  We are building Expanded Core Curriculum skills, bringing college and career readiness home to...
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Teaching the ECC to the 21st Century Learner: Webinar

Perkins eLearning offers a variety of free webinars, including this recent webinar on the Expanded Core Curriculum with Robbin Clark. During this webinar,...
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Webinar: Exploring Accessible Campus Maps

Update 6/18/20: The recording of the Exploring Accessible Campus Maps Using SAS Graphics Accelerator webinar is now available! This spring has been challenging...
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Cooking Without Looking: Week Four

Hello, Week Four We have finally arrived at week number four of my hellofresh experience. At this point, I’m really enjoying being back in the kitchen again...
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Concept Development: Drawing

In a recent series on Remote O&M Instruction for Students Transitioning to College, Victor, a rising college freshman, applied his strong O&M skills to...
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Using Zoom Video Conferencing Platform to Provide People with Visual Impairments Instant Access to Visual Information

Zoom is becoming a leader in video conferencing worldwide and features an accessible interface for use by people who are visually impaired. Zoom can be used...
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Braille Reading Activity: Pizza!

My multiply impaired student transitioned to middle school last year and had lots of trouble with all the changes. He refused to read braille in class with his...
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Cooking Without Looking: Week Three

Things Are Heating Up! I’m sure you all have heard the phrase, “If you can’t handle the heat, stay out of the kitchen.” This statement rang true for me this...
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It's My Job Podcast #10

In the tenth episode of It's My Job, Mohammed, a student in the U.S. Virgin Islands, interviews Dr. Kirk Adams, President and CEO of the American Foundation...
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AFTER Remote Instruction for Students Transitioning to College: On Campus

In Phase 2 (re-opening with COVID-19), Elon University has started individual college campus outdoor tours and has plans to allow orientation weeks over the...
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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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Cooking without Looking: Week Two

Hello, New Beginnings! With week one of my hello Fresh experience in the books, it brought new skills, new mistakes, and new beginnings! For me, and I’m sure...
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A Virtual Field Trip with Erik Weihenmayer

A Virtual Field Trip with Erik Weihenmayer In a companion post, Virtual Graduation, I described the process that was used to successfully accomplish a virtual...
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Cooking without Looking: Week One

The College Transition Academy We represent the College Tranistion Academy through the Utah School for the Deaf and Blind. The College Transition Academy is...
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Using a Digital Map for Work Travel

Research Triangle Park is one of the largest high-tech research and development centers in the US and is a model for research, innovation, and economic...
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Cooking without Looking: Meet the Chefs!

My name is Casey. I’m 18 years old and will be going into my sophomore year of college in the fall at Weber State University in Ogden Utah. I’m also visually...
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BlindSquare EVENT: A special FREE offer!

BlindSquare is a popular navigation app for travelers who are visually impaired. During this unprecendented time of school closures and social distancing,...
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How to Create 3D Printable Maps Using Touch Mapper

Summary This blog post will explain how to use Touch Mapper to create maps that can be printed on a 3D printer. Touch Mapper is a website that enables you to...
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It's My Job Podcast #9

In the ninth episode of It's My Job, Christian, a student from Texas, interviews Mr. Grant Hardy, Vancouver Bureau Reporter and Broadcast Presenter for...
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AccessWorld Senior Zoom Meeting

Update: 5/14/20 Hello, There is no handout for this group. Due to scheduling conflicts, the login information and instructions have been modified from what is...
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Ways to Practice Self-Advocacy in the Virtual Classroom

Even though I took over a dozen online classes in high school (and over three dozen in college), I seemed to always find ways to practice self-advocacy in the...
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Live Webinars for Non-Drivers!

Three Free Webinars  “Let’s Talk Nondriving and Low Vision Driving for Teens and People in Their Early 20s” What: 2-hour webinars conducted by Dr. L. Penny...
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E.A.R.S. - Free ECC Audio Lessons

The COVID-19 school closures is the perfect opportunity for students to learn more about daily living skills. While these skills are included in the Expanded...
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Hoopla App Review

When school is out, there is a lot more time to focus on leisure entertainment. The Hoopla app is a nice tool to have in your digital toolbox.  “Hoopla is a...
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Middle School Virtual O&M: Thursday Zoom Meetings

Sarah Moreau and John Clare, O&Ms in Alaska, invite middle school O&M students to connect through Zoom, every Thursday during COVAD-19 school closures...

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