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How to Add Alt Text to Facebook Page

As a TVI/COMS, one of our main resources is Facebook. Where else can you ask a question and  receive instant, practical help by peers and experts? There are...
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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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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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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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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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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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Computer Lab Accommodations for Low Vision Students

COMPUTER LAB ACCOMMODATIONS FOR LOW VISION STUDENTS While it wasn’t officially written as part of my IEP accommodations, my teachers and I worked together to...
Kate Bartlett, who has Down syndrome, has been workign as a benefits assistant at Aquent for 11 years; photo by Mark J. Hunt

Tech Jobs for Students with Disabilities

The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that more than half of all jobs require some degree of technology skills.  How does this impact students with...