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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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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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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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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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General Guidelines for Creating Non-Visual Maps of K12 Schools, Camps and Parks

Update: 8/24/21 This Eagle Scouts group has created 20+ K12 schools, local parks and scout camps maps! View these maps in Map Library! My name is Shepard...
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Envision #2: Let Me Check My Schedule!

Staying organized can be a hassle for anyone, especially when it comes to creating an agenda!  Enough with post-it notes scattered on a fridge, brailled papers...
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Envision #1: Create and Organize Class Folders

Fall semester is approaching quickly! Keeping folders, documents and that comes with college and university can be a headache for sighted people, let alone for...
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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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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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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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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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Alexa Blueprints: The Easy Way to Make Your Own Skills

Alexa seems like it (or she) has become a part of our culture.  As more and more homes are subscribing to WiFi services, smart speakers such as Google Home and...
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So Many Braille Displays, Which One is Right for My Student? Part Four

Editor's Note: The Smart Beetle is no longer available. NOTE: Please see other posts in this series including So Many Braille Displays Part One (focusing on...
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How to Write Alt Text and Image Descriptions for Instagram

Earlier today, Instagram announced an update that would automatically add alt text and image descriptions to images in the feed, explore, and profile sections...
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Using Twitter with Vision Impairment

I was having a conversation with one of my mentors on Friday and was telling them about all sorts of cool articles I had found while using Twitter about vision...
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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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Transit App Tutorial: Part 3

Editor's Note: This video was created by Penny Stevenson and is posted on Paths to Technology with permission. Transit is a public transport app that works...
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Transit App Tutorial: Part 2

Editor's Note: This video was created by Penny Stevenson and is posted on Paths to Technology with permission. Transit is a public transport app that works...
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Facebook: How to Add Image Descriptions

Facebook is a popular free social networking website where people can create profiles, share information, share photos and respond to information posted by...
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How to enable audio description on your smart phone

Audio Description is an additional narration track that provides auditory information about visual content essential for comprehension to viewers who are...
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Accessibility-How to make your signature Electronic and insert it into a Document

Get rid of the printer and access the world through your computer when it is required to sign your name to a document. Editor's Note: This video tutorial...
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Facebook Keyboard Shortcuts

Facebook is a popular social media website first developed by Mark Zuckerberg while he was a student at Havard in 2004. Registered Facebook users create...
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Is This My Bus Stop?! The Reminders App

I started using the iPhone Reminders app during city bus lessons when I taught a high schooler who has low vision and significant social anxiety.  The idea of...
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Office Lens: Convert Print to Digital Materials (video)

Office Lens is the built-in camera available in OneNote that enables users to take a picture of whiteboards, printed documents, or textbook pages and then...
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Automatic Image Descriptions on iOS

With the growing advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AI), images are becoming more accessible to students with visual impairments and blindness. AI -...
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Google Maps: Bus and Train Stations

Smart phones are used for navigation purposes by everyone, including people who are visually impaired. Google Maps has some interesting bus and train transit...
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Navigating Facebook with a Screen Reader

Facebook is a popular, free social networking website that allows registered users to create profiles, upload photos and videos, send messages and keep in...
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Sharing Secret Locations Lesson: BlindSquare Lesson Plan

This lesson was originally taught at the Perkins High-Tech O&M Workshop with Ed Summers and Diane Brauner.  The Lesson Plan post is written by Kristin...
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Blindfold Bop Game: Teach VoiceOver Gestures

In many schools for the blind, you’ll often find the Bop-It toy out on a table, or in a closet. The Bop-It toy is an audio game where you follow the commands...
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KNFB Instructional Videos

Note: KNFB Reader is now called One Step Reader. The links in this post will redirect to the One Step Reader. KNFB Reader is a mobile app that reads print...
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BARD Express: Easy way to access audio NLS books

The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) has recently released BARD Express - a simplified way to browse and download NLS...
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The Use of BlindSquare to teach compass directions

I attended the High-Tech O&M Workshop (Perkins School for the Blind Professional Development) at the Governor Morehead School in Raleigh, NC in November,...
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Digital Literacy for Students with Multiple Disabilities

Digital Literacy is defined as the ability to use information and communication technologies to find, evaluate, create, and communicate information, requiring...
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How to use Apple Pay on the web with Safari in iOS 10 and macOS Sierra

Use your Mac, iPad, iPhone and/or Apple Watch to pay for items!  Yes, Apple Pay is now available on the Mac to pay for things online.  Apple Pay is a secure...
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QuickBooks for the Blind

The following post originally appeared on the Blind With Vision Blog. Most individuals use QuickBooks for their bookkeeping needs with point and click visual...
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Beginner's Guide to Blindsquare

I recently attended the “High Tech O&M” professional development conference at Perkins School for the Blind.   The conference provided an extensive...
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Creating and Using a Point of Interest on a Greenway or College Campus using BlindSquare

Can you use GPS based navigational apps in open spaces such as on a university campus or on a greenway?  Absolutely!  Even though navigational apps are...
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LEGOs in Education

LEGOs are a favorite childhood activity - did you know that LEGO are also educational?  Educational Technology and Mobile Learning shares 7 Skills Kids Can...
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Hi-Tech LEGOs

The classic LEGO bricks have now gone Hi-Tech in the classroom!  Built on Common Core and state English Language Arts Standards, LEGO Education StoryStarter is...

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