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Guide Dog Online Workshops for Students: Part 2

Last spring and summer, several online guide dog workshops were offered. Recently, Paths to Technology has received several emails asking if these workshops...
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National Chip and Dip Day: O&M Activity

National Chip and Dip Day is next Tuesday! (March 23rd) I’m not gonna lie, it’s one of my favorite holidays. And it makes for some fun lessons with students. I...
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Build a Mental Map of Campus

Your public or private school student has the opportunity to participate in summer school or an event at your school for the blind. (It is anticipated that...
Cartoon images of an O&M and student pointing in various directions. "Sara & Maya: Reinforcement Learning; cardinal directions."

ObjectiveEd: Cardinal Directions

Cardinal directions are important clues in helping students maintain their orientation to the world around them. ObjectiveEd's Barnyard game is a fun way to...
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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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Pittsboro Map Lessons: Getting Started

The non-visual digital map software is brand new and O&Ms and students are learning together as we go. Older students who have strong orientation concepts...
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ObjectiveEd: Wayfinding App

Orientation is simply knowing where you are in relationship to things around you. Building strong mental maps is a critical component of orientation skills for...
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Concept Development: Putting ORIENTATION back into O&M

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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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...
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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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Concept Development: Own Your Real Estate

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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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...
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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...
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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...
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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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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...
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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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