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Kaleigh's Tools to Access Education in College Interview

Using a CCTV and reading 4 or 5 words per minute at the end of second grade to reading 79 words per minute using JAWS; learn how technology was a game changer...
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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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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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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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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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Be My Eyes: Microsoft Tech Support Story

Sam is a tech support agent at the Microsoft Disability Answer Desk, where he answers calls from customers who are blind or have low-vision calling through the...
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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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App Review: Blindfold Greeting Card

I love reading about all the new apps that are out on the market for Blind adults. As many of my secondary students approach transition, I am continuing to...
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App Review: Blind Abilities

As my secondary students approach the age of 21, I am exposing them to more and more apps and resources that they will need to live full, high quality lives as...
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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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BlindSquare Integration for Future Dog Guide User

My student is 20 years old, moved to her new apartment in downtown Winooski, VT one month ago, and is getting a dog guide at the end of the month. She rarely...
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Level Up: A summer program for students with visual impairments

Level Up is a summer camp in Wichita, Kansas where middle and high school students with visual impairments learn to use screen readers, magnification software...
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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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How Do People with Vision Impairments . . . Use Emoji?

Every time I turn around, I feel like I am seeing people use emoji, which have become a defining pop culture element of today's society. People of all ages are...
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iOS 12: Contactless Interaction

Many iOS users have been taking advantage of Apple Pay, a contactless interaction that enables users to tap their phone on a contactless terminal. With Apple...
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Microsoft Soundscape app: a free O&M app

Microsoft Soundscape is a free iOS app that provides travelers who are visually impaired or blind information about places around them in the environement....
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Microsoft Seeing AI and Low Vision Review

As a college student with low vision, I constantly find myself surrounded by things I can't see. I don't always have someone with me that can help me figure...
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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...
Eyes Free Fitness by BlindAlive: Described Workouts for the blind and visually impaired

Eyes-Free Fitness: Described Workouts for the Blind and Visually Impaired

The Eyes-Free Fitness app contains both free and paid exercise routines described specifically for the blind. Introduction The holidays are a wonderful time...
What's Cooking? Finding Recipes Using the Big Oven app.

What's Cooking? Finding Recipes using Big Oven

  This time of year, everyone is looking for recipes.  Cookies, fruitcakes, pies, and that special side dish to make your holiday meal that much more special...
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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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Talking Turkey: Using the Butterball for iOS App

I’ve never hosted Thanksgiving. OK, that’s not quite true...I had it one year, but since it was just me and my mom, I don’t think that counts. I have no idea...
3 smiling O&Ms in rain gear learning to use the BlindSquare navigation app around the Perkins School for the Blind campus.

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...
Deirdre Watkins, teacher of the visually impaired

Bookshare: Back to School Series #2

Welcome to the second blog in our Back to School with Bookshare series. These blogs help teachers get a strong start to the school year so they can help their...
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Measuring Tools: Using Traditional and Digital Tools & Activities

Measuring is often introduced in preschool and is a part of the kindergarten curriculum. Measuring with non-standard units means measuring things with blocks,...
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Prizmo Go App Review: A free OCR app

Use your iPhone or iPad to quickly grab print text and convert it to digital text.  The digital text can then be read aloud by the app's built-in text to...
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...
iBeacos provide audible information: "Main Street Station Bus Stop" and "Main Street Escalator Entrance" as pedestrian travels.

iBeacons: Next Gen O&M Tool

Tech savvy Orientation and Mobility instructors and students are familiar with using GPS apps for navigating sidewalks and streets.  The latest O&M related...
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BlindSquare Checklist

BlindSquare is becoming a leading app for travel used by those who are visually impaired. It can only be downloaded from an IOS product. Before students are...
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BlindWays: a crowdsourced bus stop location app

For people who are blind or visually impaired, accessing public bus services can mean getting to work or class on time. However, it is challenging to quickly...
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Using BlindSquare Simulation Mode to Create Tactile/Visual Maps

The Spiel I am a map-geek. Growing up I liked looking at my father’s National Geographic because the maps tucked in between those iconic glossy pages...
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Up-to-date Election Information: NFB Newsline

Learn all about the upcoming elections in NFB Newsline which offers information about the presidential elections, including platforms for both parties,...
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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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NantMobile Money Reader (formerly LookTel Money Reader)

NantMobile Money Reader  is a free iOS app that instantly recognizes currency and speaks the denomination, enabling users with visual impairments and blindness...
NC State Engineering VIB campers and instructors using BlindSquare on campus routes.

Tech Time-Out #2 Navigation: Engineering Camp 2016

During the NC State Engineering VIB Camp, high school students lived in college dorms, ate in the university dining halls, attended engineering lectures, rode...
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Blind Abilities Podcast App

Blind Abilities produces podcasts and blogs dealing with accessibility, technologies, devices and enhancing opportunities in the job market for visual impaired...

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