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Headphone/Earbuds Hearing Safety

Recently the news has been covering a story about a 12-year-old boy who was watching Netflix on his phone with AirPods on a low volume when an Amber Alert went...
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Zany Touch App Review

Test your reflexes with this exciting iOS game. Beware - the better you are the faster the game play! Zany Touch is intended to teach mainstream gestures and...
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Speak Screen

Editor's Note: Speak Screen is an excellent accessibility feature for users with low vision, tired eyes, when in dim light, or simply when you want to have...
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App Review: Blindfold Greeting Card

Editor's Note: Does your friend have an upcoming birthday? If so, we typically browse through birthday cards to find the perfect print card for each friend....
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Envision #10: How Blind Students Tune Their Guitar

Guitar tuning is essential when learning how to play guitar. Unfortunately, guitar tuners can run upwards of $20, and don’t even bother looking for one that...
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Smile Squad video: How Do Blind People . . .

With over 8 million followers, Smile Squad create light-hearted, meaningful vlogs and comedy skits. In this enlightening video, Markian spends the day with...
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iOS 15 Update: Move Safari Address Bar to Top of Page

Do you prefer that your Safari address bar is at the top of the page? In iOS 15, the address bar was moved to the bottom of the screen; however, there is a way...
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4to24 App: Preparing Your Child for Success!

Transition skills start EARLY! This valuable resource begins at age 4 and is designed specifically for parents of students who are blind or low vision. Created...
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Best OCR Apps for the Visually Impaired

It doesn’t matter how often you request accessible formats or switch to online services; one issue visually impaired people will always need to find a...
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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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Cash Reader

Cash Reader is the perfect app for identifying currencies from all over the world. Just point your phone’s camera at the banknote you want to identify, and the...
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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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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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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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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 Recognize Phishing Attempts with Vision Impairment

Yesterday, I received a phishing attempt in my email that was telling me about a file that someone had shared with me. The email asked me to click on a link to...
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Help! My VoiceOver is On but it Won't Speak!

One of the most amazing things about screen reading solutions like Apple's VoiceOver is how effective they are at speaking out loud the contents of a device's...
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Microsoft "To-Do" Task Manager Accessibility

Microsoft To-Do is an intelligent task management app that makes it easy to plan and manage your day. As educators - especially itinerant TVIs and COMS - it is...
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Building mental maps: preschool to college

As an O&M, my goal is to teach my preschool students to know where they are in relationship to other things around them and to know the spatial...
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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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Podcast? What is that?

Podcasts are a good source of information, entertainment, and education. Perkins recently released a Podcast called eLearning to go. I mentioned it to a...
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Using "Share My Location" as a Visually Impaired Traveler

“The vast majority of Americans – 95% – now own a cellphone of some kind. The share of Americans that own smartphones is now 77%, up from just 35% in Pew...
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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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iSays App Review

The classic Simon game is an electronic game that creates a series of tones and lights requiring players to repeat the sequence. Suspense builds as the...
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Seeing AI App: Explore Pictures Feature

The recent update for Seeing AI, a free Microsoft app, has added a fun new feature: Explore Photos by Touch. This feature enables users to drag a finger around...
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Clew: Navigation App Review

Clew is an iOS app that records a user's path and then guides the user back to his starting point. Clew was created to help travelers who are visually impaired...
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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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App Review: Blind Abilities

As my secondary students approach the age of 21, I am exposing them to more and more apps and resources that they will need to live full, high quality lives as...
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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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Airaport - How I Use Aira at the Airport

Back in March, I had the opportunity to go on my first ever flight, from Washington, DC to San Diego. I had to make the trip through the airport and onto my...
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Emojis Activities: the digital language of emotion

Emojis are defined as a small digital image or icon used to express an idea, emotion, etc. in electronic communication. With face-to-face interactions,...
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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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Blindfold Color Crush: iOS Game

I created Blindfold Color Crush about two years ago, when everyone was playing Candy Crush.  Candy Crush  is similar to the much older game entitled Bejeweled...
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BlindSquare Integration for Future Dog Guide User

My student is 20 years old, moved to her new apartment in downtown Winooski, VT one month ago, and is getting a dog guide at the end of the month. She rarely...
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Book Creator Mobility Lesson

Book Creator mobility lesson plan for 19-year-old student with working memory challenges and right homonymous hemianopsia. Objective Using Book Creator route...
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O&M Lesson: Teaching Distance Estimates using BlindSquare

Sally is a 7th grade student who is totally blind and has classes that often use ‘feet’ and ‘square feet’ as a measurement. She encounters this in her math...
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O&M Lesson Using BlindSquare with VoiceOver

Instructor: Laurie Wright Objective: Student will explore BlindSquare main page using VoiceOver gestures, and ‘set’ 2 points of interest in “my places.”...
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Blindfold Pyramid Tiles

Blindfold Pyramid Tiles is a fully accessible puzzle inspired by Pyramid Puzzles such as Pyramid Solitaire and Toodle Tiles from APH. The goal of the puzzle is...

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