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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...
Red-headed Markian has his arm around smiling Jessie and text, "How do blind people. . . ?"

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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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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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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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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It's My Job! Podcast #19: Sajja Koirala

Welcome to episode number nineteen of the It’s My Job podcast. In this episode of It's My Job, Cheyenne, a student from Colorado, interviews Ms. Sajja Koirala...
Smart phones identifying 100 Swedish krona and 50 Brazilian real; background of numerous bank notes from different countries.

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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Compass Program: Informational Meeting and Registration

Questions about Compass? Join us for a virtual info session on February 10. We're now accepting applications for the 2021-22 session of Compass, our nine-month...
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MiniVision2: A Simple Cell Phone for People who are Blind or Visually Impaired

The accessibility of the iPhone and Android devices is improving all the time and has become truly remarkable. On the other hand, the accessibility of basic...
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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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Crowd Sourced Lesson Library

Update: The Lesson Library is now LIVE under the Paths to Technology Resource Library. Here is the direct link to the Lesson Library. Note: The Lesson Library...
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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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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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How to Adapt Bocce for Blind or Visually Impaired

Bocce, an Italian lawn bowling game, is a classic summer game. Played with two teams (1, 2 or 4 people on a team) and four balls per team plus a smaller "...
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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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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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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 Two

Hello, New Beginnings! With week one of my hello Fresh experience in the books, it brought new skills, new mistakes, and new beginnings! For me, and I’m sure...
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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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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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AccessWorld Senior Zoom Meeting

Update: 5/14/20 Hello, There is no handout for this group. Due to scheduling conflicts, the login information and instructions have been modified from what is...
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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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How I Use Accessible Voting Machines with Low Vision

Last week, I was able to use an accessible voting machine for the first time in order to vote in the upcoming primary election. I had first learned about these...
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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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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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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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STEM Career Showcase for Students with Disabilities

The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, in collaboration with SAS Institute, will host our annual STEM Career Showcase for Students with Disabilities on...
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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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Aira is now FREE!

Aira is a service that assists individuals who are visually impaired by interpreting visual information. Through the app, this service connects the visually...
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Alexa: Speak Faster

Students and adults are quickly consuming information through auditory input and are excited about the new speech rate feature on Alexa enabled-devices. In the...
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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...
An adult hand and a child's hand playing the piano with text, " Piano tutorial #1"

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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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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