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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Office Lens Commands and Software Updates for Screen Readers

Office Lens converts print to accessible digital materials. Office Lens is the built-in camera available in OneNote (a Microsoft  Office 365 product) that...
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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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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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Transit App Tutorial: Part 1

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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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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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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Setting a Departure Time on Google Maps for Orientation and Mobility

When planning an Orientation and Mobility trip with a student, it is essential to consider which type of transportation that they would like to take (Read...
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Work Smarter Not Harder

I had the privilege of presenting at the DC/MD AER conference recently.  There were so many wonderful topics covered at the conference including transition,...
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Goodreads: The Bookworm's Best Friend

I don't know about where you are, but here it's colder than a politician’s heart! Seriously, though the days are getting longer and the sun is shining, it's...
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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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RBDigital Magazines and Zinio for Libraries Review

RBDigital Magazines, sometimes referred to as Zinio for Libraries, has been all over my Twitter feed this week as users look to use online app services on...
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WebAIM Screen Reader Survey #7 Results

Over the years, WebAim has facilitated surveys about the preferences of screen reader users. The 7th survey, which was done in October 2017, received 1,792...
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Google Maps Offline

As an O&M, it would be a dream for all of our community traveling students and clients to have a smartphone with an unlimited data plan.  In reality, many...
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Giving Back: Using Assistive Technology to Volunteer and Help Others

When I was growing up, I was always afraid of being “that friend”... You know, “that friend” who is always asking for something but is never around when you...
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Rain Rain Sleep Sounds App: iOS & Android app for sleeping and anxiety

Many students who are blind or visually impaired have trouble sleeping.  Some students have switched day and night schedules, making it hard to fall asleep at...
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Seeing Eye GPS App: Instructional PowerPoint

Written for Paths to Technology by Kim with Sendero Sendero now offering an Instructional PowerPoint for the Seeing Eye GPS app. The Seeing Eye GPS...
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SkoogMusic: Accessible Music Technology

Skoog is a musical instrument that anyone can play!  Music and creating music draws and intrigues children; however, most musical instruments can be...
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Aware App Review: Indoor Wayfinding app

The Aware App by Sensible Innovations provided a demonstration at the 2017 ADA Symposium in Colorado.  Using iBeacons to relay the information to the user's...
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Technology and Mobility in the 21st Century

A technology enthusiast, Robin Christopherson writes blogs about technology and how this technology can empower people with vision loss. O&M Hint:  Be sure...
KNFB Reader: an accessible OCR app.

KNFB Instructional Videos

KNFB Reader is a mobile app that reads print aloud.  Designed specifically for users who are visually impaired or blind, KNFB Reader is accessible and easy to...
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Vicks SmartTemp Thermometer App Review

Do you want to take your temperature or someone else temperature - but you are not able to visually read the thermometer?  Check out BlindMomLife's video...
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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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HI-Tech O&M Progress Reports

After taking the Hi-Tech O&M professional development class taught by Diane Brauner and Ed Summers through Perkins eLearning, I realized that the...
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Comparisons of Digital Telescope/Monocular apps for iPhone for Functional Orientation and Mobility Assistance

If you don’t carry your monocular everywhere… The new iOS 10 for iPhone has a new native magnifier app as a part of its accessibility features suite under...
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IFTTT (If This Then That) Automation

Automate your house using a IFTTT program.  If This Then That is a recipe that when an identified trigger happens, then a certain action will be performed.  ...
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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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Book Creator App: Create Your Own Accessible Books on iOS, Android and Windows Tablets

Book Creator is a simple way to create e-books, right on your tablet!  Add text, pictures, video and music, and even record your own voice.  Choose a pen tool...
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Ride Sharing Apps: Uber and Lyft

Need a ride?  Use your smart phone to find a ride in minutes.  With a simple tap of a button, a nearby community driver will pick you up! For basic information...