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Student Activity: Types of Tech

"My students are going to be pros at technology by the time this pandemic is over!" a TVI exclaims during a virtual conference. Many of our students with...
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Tips to Stay Organized in Virtual Classes

I took over a dozen virtual classes in high school, and about half of the classes I’ve taken in college have been virtual classes as well. As a result I’ve...
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Crowd Sourced Lesson Library

Update: The Lesson Library is now LIVE under the Paths to Technology Resource Library. Here is the direct link to the Lesson Library. Note: The Lesson Library...
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Ten Tech Skills Every College Student Needs for Virtual Classes

Recently, I received a message from a Teacher of the Visually Impaired asking about the most common tech skills for virtual classes that I use in college, as...
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Using Blackboard Ally with Low Vision

This semester, I noticed a new tool within my online classes called Blackboard Ally that could transform the way that I access materials as a student with low...
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Self-Determination: 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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It's My Job Podcast #11

In the eleventh episode of It's My Job, Elora, a student in New York, interviews Ginny Owens, an award-winning singer/songwriter, author, and speaker. Elora...
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Seven Unexpected Disability Accommodations for Virtual Learning

Seven Unexpected Disability Accommodations for Virtual Learning As a student with low vision, I am used to requesting and explaining disability...
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Virtual Learning Starter Kit: Windows Computers

As we all get ready to go back to school, especially with either the reality or potentiality of teaching virtually from a distance, many of us are having to...
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Independent Living Skills: 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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Braille Exams for AP Classes during COVID-19

Yes, we all know that COVID-19 flipped our world upside down; we are just learning more about the functional impact of the pandemic on students with visual...
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Ten Form Emails to Send to Your Professors

TEN FORM EMAILS TO SEND TO YOUR PROFESSORS Many of my friends have come to me for advice about how to email professors or ask if an email they have written...
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Our Cooking Adventure is Done... So Now What??

Assistive Tech for The Win! Up to this point, the content we’ve put out on this blog page has mostly about cooking. However, our wonderful meal kit delivery...
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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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Cooking Without Looking: Week Four

Hello, Week Four We have finally arrived at week number four of my hellofresh experience. At this point, I’m really enjoying being back in the kitchen again...
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Getting Started with Non-Visual Digital Maps

Since I lost my vision, I have not had access to maps. It is true that I get my hands on a good tactile map from time to time. However, those instances are...
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Cooking Without Looking: Week Three

Things Are Heating Up! I’m sure you all have heard the phrase, “If you can’t handle the heat, stay out of the kitchen.” This statement rang true for me this...
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It's My Job Podcast #10

In the tenth episode of It's My Job, Mohammed, a student in the U.S. Virgin Islands, interviews Dr. Kirk Adams, President and CEO of the American Foundation...
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Why You should Get a Disability Services File

Why you should get a disability services file The other day, I was talking to a new friend who had recently started losing their vision about going 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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Cooking without Looking: Week Two

Hello, New Beginnings! With week one of my hello Fresh experience in the books, it brought new skills, new mistakes, and new beginnings! For me, and I’m sure...
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A Virtual Field Trip with Erik Weihenmayer

A Virtual Field Trip with Erik Weihenmayer In a companion post, Virtual Graduation, I described the process that was used to successfully accomplish a virtual...
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Cooking without Looking: Week One

The College Transition Academy We represent the College Tranistion Academy through the Utah School for the Deaf and Blind. The College Transition Academy is...
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Using a Digital Map for Work Travel

Research Triangle Park is one of the largest high-tech research and development centers in the US and is a model for research, innovation, and economic...
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Cooking without Looking: Meet the Chefs!

My name is Casey. I’m 18 years old and will be going into my sophomore year of college in the fall at Weber State University in Ogden Utah. I’m also visually...
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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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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 #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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What Distance Learning Means to Me: 8th Grader with Low Vision

COVID-19 school closures have thrown students and teachers into the 21st century and for many students with visual impairments, this new classroom format has...
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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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AccessWorld Senior Zoom Meeting

Update: 5/14/20 Hello, There is no handout for this group. Due to scheduling conflicts, the login information and instructions have been modified from what is...
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Webinar: Learn how to create accessible charts, graphs, and maps

Update: The recording of the webinar and the related resources are now available on the SAS website here. I’m a blind professional. I lost my vision about 15...
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Online Activities that Help Prepare for College Transition

When I was first researching colleges in high school, I spent dozens of hours completing online activities that help prepare for college transition that I...
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Google Meet/Hangouts as a Visually Impaired User

In times like this in society, the visually impaired community needs a way to remain socially distant yet a way to communicate with people in their daily lives...
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Ways to Practice Self-Advocacy in the Virtual Classroom

Even though I took over a dozen online classes in high school (and over three dozen in college), I seemed to always find ways to practice self-advocacy in the...
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It's My Job Podcast #6: Ray Campbell

In the sixth episode of It's My Job, Mohammed, a student from the U.S. Virgin Islands, interviews Mr. Ray Campbell, Senior Accessibility Analyst in Digital...
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School Closures: Emerging Patterns for Students with Visual Impairments

The first two or three weeks after schools closed due to COVID-19 have been chaotic to say the least! Resilient TVIs and COMS worked through the initial "how...
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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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It's My Job Podcast #5: Áine Kelly-Costello

In the fifth episode of It's My Job, Sienna, a student from Guatemala, interviews Ms. Áine Kelly-Costello, a graduate student studying Investigative Journalism...

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