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How BLV Users Can Create Digital Accessible Maps

There is quite a buzz about the SAS Graphics Accelerator, a free Chrome Extension that enables blind and low vision users to access digital charts, graphs and...
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Making Purchases: O&M/ECC Activity

As an O&M, I have taught all of my academic students how to fold money and how to organize paper money in their wallet. In more recent years, students have...
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Easter Egg Hunt for students with visual impairments

Updated April 2022 There are several different types of commercial Easter Eggs that enable students with visual impairments to join in the fun. Key Finder...
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O&M Activity: The Interstate's Forgotten Code

In a previous post, Concept Development: Own Your Real Estate, we discussed how "fearless independent travelers" begin by being completely confident traveling...
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Map Explore: Creating Customized Maps with Customized Questions

Now you can created customized, accessible maps to support your O&M lessons! Want to create a simple neighborhood map of your student's neighborhood with...
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Map Explore: Using Customized Questions

It just keeps getting better and better! As an O&M, I am so excited to be able to create customized questions to go along with my customized map! These...
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Map Explore: Using Customize Maps

ObjectiveEd has done it again! ObjectiveEd has taken a challenging need and found a digital solution using cutting edge technology! Using Google Maps and...
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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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Creating Non-Visual Digital Maps of Metropolitan Areas

Updated August 4th with 40+ Metro Maps in the Paths to Technology Map Library! A huge thank you to the SAS 2021 Summer Interns who have created 40+ metro...
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Map Explore: Sneak Peak at a New O&M Game

Going somewhere new? What is the first thing you do? Open your favorite map app and learn about the area and preplan your route. But, what do you do if you are...
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Temple Explorer: A New Directionality O&M Game!

Tap, tap, tap - your footsteps are echoing as you walk quickly through the ancient temple searching for treasure. Warning! Carefully follow the genie's...
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Map Explore: New O&M Game!

We, ObjectiveEd, are excited to announce a brand new game to help students practice their Orientation and Mental Mapping skills! Map Explore is an innovative...
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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...
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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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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...
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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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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...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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