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White Cane Day 2020: Pete the Cat Video

These students created a fun video showing off their cane techniques for White Cane Day 2020. The students modified the popular Pete the Cat book, I Love My...
Kindergarten student walking on a sidewalk using a white cane and text, "White Cane Day!"

White Cane Day!

On October 15, 1964, White Cane Day became a national observation in the United States to celebrate the achievements of people who are blind or visually...
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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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Vermont Farm: Drawing Conclusions from an O&M Map

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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John's O&M Lesson 6: Road Numbering Systems

Now that John has knowledge about the nearby small towns and cities, let's take a moment to learn more about the roads that connect these towns and cities and...
Whiteboard drawing of cartoon O&M looking at the ObjectiveEd IEP clock analogy goal on her home computer.

ObjectiveEd: Hybrid O&M

Orientation and Mobility lessons for elementary students is a combination of concepts and safe travel skills. How can students continue to progress with...
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John's O&M Lesson 5: 3 Types of Communities

Lesson 5: PBO's Relationship to Nearby Cities Now that John has basic knowledge about downtown historic Pittsboro and the new area around the Pittsboro...
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Editing a Non-Visual Digital Map from the Map Library

You found a map in the new Map Library on Paths to Technology - but what if you want to make some changes to the map? The university maps are detailed; a...
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John's O&M Lesson 4: Analyzing Map Data

Lesson 4: Analyze Map Data  The goal of this map is to learn how to analyze map data to draw conclusions. The pattern of POIs indicate that there are two...
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Recorded! Map Library Webinar

Update! The Map Library Webinar was recorded and is now available below! In honor of ADA’s 30th anniversary, Perkins and SAS have collaborated to develop an...
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John's O&M Lesson 2: Learn about Streets

In Lesson 1, John, a 4th grade student who lives in a small town, was introduced to a simple, non-visual digital map of his town. He learned the basics about...
The ECC Orientation and Mobility: A Student's Perspective

Orientation and Mobility: A Student's Perspective

The ECC or Expanded Core Curriculum consists of the knowledge and skills needed by a student with a visual disability to access core content areas. Everyone...
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John's O&M Lesson 1: Non-Visual Digital Maps for Elementary Student

When creating orientation and mobility lessons, O&Ms should carefully consider the goal(s) of each lesson and the current lesson. As an O&M, my mission...
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Why Non-Visual Digital Maps for Young Students?

Accessible, interactive digital maps? As an O&M with 30+ years experience, I regularly use tactile maps to help my students learn about O&M concepts...
"The O&M Quiz: Creating a Better online Quiz Together. Landmarks & Clues? intersections? images of water hydrant and coffee cup

The O&M Quiz: Creating a Better Online Quiz Together

This activity lends itself well both to in-person and digital instruction, and the digital version can bring a group of students together to work on one...
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Webinar: Exploring Accessible Campus Maps

Update 6/18/20: The recording of the Exploring Accessible Campus Maps Using SAS Graphics Accelerator webinar is now available! This spring has been challenging...
Photo of Victor sitting in a car drawing a campus map using the Sensational BlackBoard tactile drawing tool.

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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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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Remote O&M Instruction for Students Transitioning to College: Getting Started

How are YOU handling the high O&M needs for your soon-to-graduate high school student who is transitioning to college? Ideally, this student would have...
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Activities that Build Digital Map Skills

Are SAS Graphics Accelerator Maps the same as visual maps? Yes and no. The SAS Graphics Accelerator Maps are accessible digital maps which do contain the...
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SAS Graphics Accelerator Maps: Student Uploading and Accessing Maps

In his post, How to Create Accessible Digital Maps Using SAS Graphics Accelerator and Google Maps, Ed shared how to create accessible digital maps. In this...
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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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It's My Job Podcast #9

In the ninth episode of It's My Job, Christian, a student from Texas, interviews Mr. Grant Hardy, Vancouver Bureau Reporter and Broadcast Presenter for...
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It's My Job Podcast #8

In the eighth episode of It's My Job, Christian, a student from Texas, interviews Ms. Chancey Fleet, Assistive Technology Coordinator for the New York Public...
Cubetto Robot (big block on wheels) on a route to go around an obstacle (3 cups) with text, "Cubetto Robot and O&M"

Coding, Cubetto and O&M

Around this time last year, a colleague of mine in the district’s Assistive Technology Program began exploring the coding equipment that had been purchased for...
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More Cool Games that can be Played on Zoom Part 2: VI Twist

The initial post, Six Cool Games that can be Played on Zoom, was a huge success! More than 2,000 educators/families read this post the first week it was...
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Upcoming Virtual O&M Opportunities

For most of us, traditional, direct service O&M with cane instruction and community travel is not an option during the current COVID-19 Stay-Home order. O...
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Wayfinder: New O&M App!

We’ve just released Wayfinder – the latest in our series of Orientation and Mobility digital curriculum for students with vision impairments. Wayfinder is...
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Live Webinars for Non-Drivers!

Three Free Webinars  “Let’s Talk Nondriving and Low Vision Driving for Teens and People in Their Early 20s” What: 2-hour webinars conducted by Dr. L. Penny...
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Middle School Virtual O&M: Thursday Zoom Meetings

Sarah Moreau and John Clare, O&Ms in Alaska, invite middle school O&M students to connect through Zoom, every Thursday during COVAD-19 school closures...
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Virtual Instruction: O&M

Educators are being asked to prepare lesson plans for virtual instruction due to the Coronavirus threat. Yesterday, entire states have been proactive and have...
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Turtles on the Town: An O&M Scavenger Hunt

In my O&M lessons, as my students can attest, I usually try to cram in as many different skills as I can in order to maximize our time together. This...
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Escape Rooms: How Do I Get Out of Here? Part 2 (O&M)

"Escape Rooms" are a creative and fun way to develop team-building and other skills in students with visual disabilities. In Part 1 of this series, I describe...
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TVI and O&M Professional New Year's Resolutions

The crazy and joyful holiday rush is past and hopefully everyone has time to relax. As I reflect on 2019 (how has another year already flown by?) and ponder...
Cartoon image of a person walking with a long cane with dark glasses and text, "Electronic Cane or Traditional Cane"

Electronic Canes and Traditional Canes

This PBS article Why is Creating Electronic Canes for the Blind So Hard? dives into the potential benefits of cane technology while balancing the need for...
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The Gift of Independence: O&M Success Story and Activity

Students need role models! There are several wonderful YouTube vloggers (video bloggers) who share their stories, tips and successes about living with a visual...
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Google Maps Offers Voice Guidance for Visually Impaired Users

Google Maps has recently introduced a new feature for visually impaired users (blind or partially sighted people). Maps now offers more detailed voice guidance...
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Sphero City Activity

The original Sphero City activity by SpheroEDU, encourages students to either design an original Sphero City or to design a city from history. As an O&M, I...
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Sequencing Coding Concept Activities

Teaching coding concepts to students who are visually impaired is now on our radar! Mainstream classrooms are embedding coding concepts and logical thinking...

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