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What I wished I Had Learned about AT Before Starting College: Video

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to present a short talk at A Future Date, a free virtual conference event that showcased talks on topics related to...
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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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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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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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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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A to Z of Assistive Technology for Low Vision

When I first started exploring the world of assistive technology, I found myself getting frequently overwhelmed with how many different items were available...
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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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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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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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Clew: Navigation App Review

Clew is an iOS app that records a user's path and then guides the user back to his starting point. Clew was created to help travelers who are visually impaired...
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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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Touring Colleges with Virtual Reality

As technology continues to evolve, future college students now have an additional way to search for higher education by touring colleges with virtual reality....
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Be My Eyes App Review

During my senior year of high school, I was researching assistive technology apps and found a Be My Eyes review. I was interested in the concept of having a...
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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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Using Twitter with Vision Impairment

I was having a conversation with one of my mentors on Friday and was telling them about all sorts of cool articles I had found while using Twitter about vision...
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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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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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O&M Lesson: Teaching Distance Estimates using BlindSquare

Sally is a 7th grade student who is totally blind and has classes that often use ‘feet’ and ‘square feet’ as a measurement. She encounters this in her math...
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Facebook: How to Add Image Descriptions

Facebook is a popular free social networking website where people can create profiles, share information, share photos and respond to information posted by...
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Seeing AI iOS App: Recognizing People, Objects and Scenes

Microsoft has just released the FREE Seeing AI iOS app.  This amazing AI - Artificial Intelligence - app narrates the world for users with visual impairements...
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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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How Do People with Vision Impairments . . . Go to a Horse Race?

When my dad and I went to Louisville, Kentucky, we decided to go to one of the horse races at Churchill Downs, as I was interested to see how people with...
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Lazarillo: A Free Accessible GPS App for the Blind and Visually Impaired

I have a coworker whose favorite saying is “if it’s for free it’s for me”. Everyone likes a freebie, but when it’s a particularly useful freebie, it just feels...
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Be My Eyes

Be My Eyes is a free app for blind or low vision people. It can be downloaded on either IOS or Android and has many languages and preferential user settings....
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How Do People with Vision Impairments . . . watch a MLB Baseball Game?

When I went to St Louis, I had the opportunity to attend a St Louis Cardinals MLB baseball game on one of the nights while I was there. While the weather was...
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TapTapSee vs. Seeing AI App

I am a sighted person studying to be an Orientation & Mobility Specialist.  I am rating these apps as a requirement of a technology seminar I attended.  I...
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BlindSquare app and unique rural travel environments

I recently attended Diane Brauner and Ed Summer’s High Tech O&M training through Perkins E-learning and was excited to learn some wonderfully helpful tools...
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BARD Mobile Version 1.2: What's new and Noteworthy

I am a voracious reader as well as a strong advocate for literacy. Reading opens our students’ imaginations to a million new worlds and possibilities. That’s...
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Using Coca-Cola Freestyle Machines with Low Vision

My brother and I went to lunch the other day at a restaurant that uses a Coca-Cola Freestyle Machine, where customers can select a drink of their choice using...
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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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Automatic Image Descriptions on iOS

With the growing advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AI), images are becoming more accessible to students with visual impairments and blindness. AI -...
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Five Free Ways To Use Technology For Locating Your Phone

At one point, my friend was holding onto my phone while we walked across campus. When we got back to my dorm, my friend realized that my phone was not where...
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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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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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Snapchat and Low Vision

Recently, I was talking to one of my friends who asked me how people with low vision can access social media applications. With so many visual apps out there,...
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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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5 Free Accessible News Apps for Low Vision

In the last few years, several news apps have been released so that users can keep up with what is going on in their town, in their country, and in their world...
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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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