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STEM Summer Program: Own Your Space!

Attention High School Students! Own Your Space! As you’re getting to that point in your life when you feel the need to own your time and thoughts, do you ever...
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It's My Job Podcast #16: Dr. Mona S. Minkara

Welcome to sixteenth episode of the It’s My Job podcast. In the sixteenth episode of It's My Job, Rytey from Wisconsin interviews Dr. Mona S. Minkara an...
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TinyTap App: CVI-Friendly Books and Games

Did you know that you can create customized INTERACTIVE books and games? Interactive - meaning that you can make an image or area on the screen an interactive...
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Tech Standards: Navigating a Table Using JAWS

All students are introduced to simple tables in general education kindergarten classrooms in paper/pencil (or tactile) formats which quickly transition to...
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Discovering Sonification

This article was initially published on the Sonokids website and is reposted on Paths to Technology with permission. In November 2019, Sonokids created...
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Why Use a Digital Format Instead of Paper

StudentAuthor: OP Assassin Why Use a Digital Format Instead of Paper: As a low vision student using a digital format is easier to use than paper. To start, a...
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Compass Program: Informational Meeting and Registration

Questions about Compass? Join us for a virtual info session on February 10. We're now accepting applications for the 2021-22 session of Compass, our nine-month...
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Project Inspire STEM Focus Group

My name is Dr. Tina Herzberg and I am a professor at the University of South Carolina Upstate. I am collaborating with Dr. Rett McBride on a project to learn...
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Discovering Exoplanets Using Sonification

Some of us folks who are soundly middle aged can recall a time when finding planets outside our solar system was the stuff of science fiction. In 1995 the very...
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Project Inspire: Spring 2021 Nemeth Courses

Project INSPIRE is a 5 year training grant to support braille literacy for professionals and students to build their skills and knowledge in the braille codes...
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AnimalWatch Vi: Building Graphics Literacy

Endangered animals and invasive species and MATH? This recently released iOS app incorporates motivating content used to build graphics literacy. Tasmanian...
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Hearing the Sound of Light

Attention Parents and Teachers of budding astronomy geeks!  Right now, there are blind/visually impaired astronomers, sound engineers, programmers, computer...
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JAWS 2021 Math Support Update

A new feature in JAWS 2021 is the native ability to read math content in Word documents. Below is what Freedom Scientfic writes: JAWS and Fusion now supports...
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National Homework Hotline for Blind or Visually Impaired Students: Part 2

The National Homework Hotline for Blind and Visually Impaired students (NHH-BVI) was created in response to the school closures due to COVID. (See Homework...
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STEM Career Showcase for Students with Disabilities 2020

Updated: The STEM Career Showcase Live Recording is now available - see the video at the end of this post! The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences hosts...
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Kids Listen: Free Podcasts for Kids!

While looking for public fall-themed educational activities, I came across Kids Listen, podcasts for kids. Kids Listen is unique in that all the content is...
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Psyched for STEAM: Coding Activities

Crash! Bang! Is it more fun to program your robot to flawlessly complete the course or to "accidently" run into obstacles? Such is the dilemma for students who...
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Project INSPIRE Fall Courses

Recruiting for 2 Courses about Supporting Braille Readers Learning the Nemeth Code within UEB Contexts  What is Project INSPIRE?  Project INSPIRE is a 5 year...
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IPEVO Camera: Near and Distance Viewing

Updated August 2020 Using IPEVO for Remote Instruction With many students starting the fall of 2020 with remote instruction, there is a critical need for...
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Math by Ear: Add and Subtract Negative Numbers

Math By Ear is a virtual audio lesson series teaching Math to blind and visually impaired middle school and high school students. This Math By Ear lesson is...
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How to Create an Accessible Formula Sheet

HOW TO CREATE AN ACCESSIBLE FORMULA SHEET In several of my math, statistics, and data science classes, the professor will provide a formula sheet for quizzes...
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Recruiting for Project Inspire Summer Courses

Good afternoon! I am delighted that we are ready to begin recruiting for the summer Project INSPIRE courses that will begin on June 22, 2020 and end on July 31...
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No-Tech Solutions for Drawing Graphs with Low Vision and Dysgraphia

For some of the practice problems in my classes, I have to draw graphs or plot points by hand, a task that can be difficult as a person with low vision and...
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It's My Job Podcast #7: Maureen Hayden

In the seventh episode of It's My Job, Sofia, a student from Florida, interviews Ms. Maureen Hayden, a PhD Marine Biology student at Texas A&M University...
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Webinar: Creating Accessible Maps Using SAS Graphics Accelerator and Google Maps

Updated 06.10.20 to include the recorded webinar! About the Webinar  Are you a person with a visual impairment or blindness who would like to access online...
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TeachersPayTeachers School Access: Free During School Closures

TeachersPayTeachers (TpT) is an online marketplace where teachers buy and sell original educational materials. TpT offers more than 3 million free and paid...
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Socratic App Accessibility Review

As a college student studying data science, I have to have a basic understanding of different subjects and topics so that I can better understand the data I am...
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Seeing the Unseen: GLAS Education

Many things we want to observe in the world are hidden or obscured, making it difficult for us to gather data. For example, polar ice scientists who want to...
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Story Time From Space

While in space on the International Space Station, astronauts read space-themed books and share glimpses of their life on the space station. There are...
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Working Together to Support Students with Visual Impairments to Access Curriculum

The Idea We know that there are students with visual impairments who do not have full access to online curriculum, supplemental activities, or resources...
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News by the Numbers: Online Workshop

News by the Numbers: High-Contrast and Nonvisual Access to Data Representations Remote-only workshop with Ed Summers, Director of Accessibility, SAS; and...
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Join the AstroHunters Project

Space the Final Frontier audio clip. "Space the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. It's a continuing mission, To explore strange...
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Accessible Astronomy: Catch the Light! CCD Cameras

So far in this series, we have explored light as a form of electromagnetic (EM) radiation. Different “flavors” of EM radiation are defined by their wavelength...
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Project POEM: Science Summer Program for Students with Visual Impairments

University of Arizona is recruiting students for Project Poem, Project-Based Learning Opportunities and Exploration of Mentorship for Students with Visual...
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NFB's Engineering Quotient (EQ) Program

Applications Open: Apply for Our STEM Summer Program NFB Engineering Quotient (EQ) Program June 21-27, 2020 St. Paul, Minnesota “NFB EQ gave me more...
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Sonification

The Diagram Center is a research and development center whose goal is to make it easier, cheaper, and faster to create and use accessible digital images. Bruce...
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Accessible Astronomy: Tactile Telescope

Electromagnetic radiation (see our previous electronmagnetic radiation blog here) is concentrated, captured and focused by the telescope.  The telescope is our...
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Accessing and Succeeding in STEM Courses: Call

The Science and Engineering Division of the National Federation of the Blind and the National Association of Blind Students present a joint phone conference on...
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Accessible Astronomy: A tactile electromagnetic spectrum

Astronomers have spent thousands of years figuring out the best way to see, collect, and analyze the light that has spent millions and billions of years...
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Accessible Astronomy - An Introduction to IDATA and GLAS Education

Geneva Lake Astrophysics and STEAM (GLAS) is an organization that is best described as some combination of the Little Engine that Could and Peter Rabbit. We...

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