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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Audio Memos App and WH Questions

As Orientation and Mobility Specialists, our caseloads include academic students, students with severe and profound multiple disabilities and students who fall...
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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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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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Bringing Freedom Indoors

Over the past two years, Esteban Wu has worked to implement BlindSquare Beacon Positioning System Technology in Rhode Island. BlindSquare is an application...
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Introduction to Blindfold Games: Video

In the video below, Marty Schultz, founder of Blindfold Games, shares his story about how Blindfold games came to be, discusses the science behind the games...
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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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Mobile App Review: Compass, by Apple Inc.

App version: Version 1.2.1 Size - 663.6 KB Category Compatibility - Requires iOS 10.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone. Developer: Apple Inc...
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Treasure Hunts and Geocaching: O&M lessons

Occasionally I have little ones who just aren’t motivated to get up and go. They may have decent cane skills but just don’t want to practice and refine their...
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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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O&M Lesson Using BlindSquare with VoiceOver

Instructor: Laurie Wright Objective: Student will explore BlindSquare main page using VoiceOver gestures, and ‘set’ 2 points of interest in “my places.”...
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Welcome to Wyatt's House: O&M lesson

The challenge put forth to me was to create a mobility lesson while using a high tech app. Imagine my student, a 2 year old child who is totally blind trailing...
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Transit App Tutorial: Part 3

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 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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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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