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Convos With Julia: Cane Convo

How many of your students fully embrace their cane? At any point in time, this question will popup on social media or in a live discussion among educators and/...
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Tech, Literacy & Education Equity for College Aspiring Learners Webinar

The Perkins College Success program is sponsoring the free Tech, Literacy and Educational Equity: Exploring What's Next and Necessary for College-Aspiring...
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Learning about Airport/Airport Travel: O&M Activities

With the US opening up after COVID, people are beginning to travel again or to think about traveling. Guide Dogs for the Blind and Seeing Eye have created a...

Activity Bank for Disabilities: Resource

Looking for activities for students with multiple disabilities? The Activity Bank for Disabilities (ABD) is a resource of activities for educators and for...
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Challenge Solutions: A Group of Blind Students Podcasting/Video Blogging

Challenge Solutions is a website created and managed by a group of blind students for blind students and their teachers. Their mission is to provide lessons...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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9 More than Core Virtual Academies: Game On! and Geography Smash!

Hang on tight! Robin Keating Clark is offering her amazing short term virtual academies to all students with visual impairments - no matter where you are!...
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Explaining hand washing and germs for young students

Here are two videos to help young children learn about handwashing. Wash Your Hands Song by Baby First:     Designed for elementary students, this...
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Escape Rooms: How Do I Get Out of Here? Part 1

This school year, in our district we have been doing a great activity with students based on the concept of “escape rooms.” Escape rooms are a popular team-...
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Google Lens Review for Low Vision

One of the most-used apps by far on my Android phone as a person with low vision is the Google Lens app. In the last 24 hours, I’ve used it seven times for...
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TVI and O&M Professional New Year's Resolutions

The crazy and joyful holiday rush is past and hopefully everyone has time to relax. As I reflect on 2019 (how has another year already flown by?) and ponder...
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Podcast: College Success Series

The Perkins eLearning to Go podcasts cover a wide-range of topics related to working with students who are visually impaired. The current series, College...
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The Gift of Independence: O&M Success Story and Activity

Students need role models! There are several wonderful YouTube vloggers (video bloggers) who share their stories, tips and successes about living with a visual...
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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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Seven Things I Tell My College Suitemates About My Disability

As a college student with vision impairment and chronic illness, I have lived with several suitemates, meaning that I have my own bedroom and share a common...
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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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Twelve is the Magic Number

Welcome to lesson #3. I’m very excited about this lesson because… by the end of this lesson we will know every note on the piano! The reason we accomplished...
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Eating Your Way Through New Jersey: 5 Black and White Notes

So, Janet and I flew back to the Jersey shore to visit her family, all seven siblings, their children, grandparents, grandchildren, aunts and uncles, dogs and...
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Help - I'm Lost! Getting Familiar with the Keyboard

So, I took a walk with my fingers the other night, wasn't paying attention to where I was going, got lost, and couldn't find my way home. Oh, did I forget to...

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