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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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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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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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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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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...
Photo of Victor sitting in a car drawing a campus map using the Sensational BlackBoard tactile drawing tool.

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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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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Inaccessible vs. Accessible PDFs: Making All PDFs Accessible!

During this crazy time of school closures and virtual instruction, educators are scrambling to find digital resources. Often general education teachers are...
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The Gift of Independence: O&M Success Story and Activity

Students need role models! There are several wonderful YouTube vloggers (video bloggers) who share their stories, tips and successes about living with a visual...
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Creating Student Portfolio Webpages for VI and O&M Using Adobe Spark Page

When students with visual impairments attend school, their needs are different from the general population in several areas. As students transition into...
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STEM Career Showcase for Students with Disabilities

The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, in collaboration with SAS Institute, will host our annual STEM Career Showcase for Students with Disabilities on...
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Bigger is Not Always Better: Understanding Magnification

Students who have functional vision should certainly use their vision and - when appropriate - low vision tools. For educational tasks, some students with low...
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Building mental maps: preschool to college

As an O&M, my goal is to teach my preschool students to know where they are in relationship to other things around them and to know the spatial...
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Voice Dream Scanner and Voice Dream Reader Demo

Voice Dream Reader is a popular and fully accessible reading tool for students with vision impairments, dyslexia or other print disabilities. Voice Dream...
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TSA Travel Tips

Are you planning a summer trip that includes airplane travel? TSA (Transportation Security Administration) shares information about the process of going...
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Using "Share My Location" as a Visually Impaired Traveler

“The vast majority of Americans – 95% – now own a cellphone of some kind. The share of Americans that own smartphones is now 77%, up from just 35% in Pew...
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Voice Dream Scanner: OCR App

Voice Dream Scanner is an OCR scanner - it is used to scan an inaccessible PDF or text image and converts the text to an accessible document that can be read...
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Equatio and Google Docs Tutorial

Equatio is a digital math editor that is created by the company Texthelp, the makers of Read&Write. Equatio provides students multiple ways to input math...
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App Review: Blindfold Greeting Card

I love reading about all the new apps that are out on the market for Blind adults. As many of my secondary students approach transition, I am continuing to...
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Chris Downey: Blind Architect

Chris Downey is an architect who designs buildings with acoustics and accessibility in mind. When Chris lost his vision suddenly 10 years ago due to a brain...
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SAS Graphics Accelerator Tutorial #1: How to

Hi, my name is Esteban and I’m currently a senior in high school. Over the summer, I attended a STEM camp for the blind and visually impaired in North Carolina...
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SAS Graphics Accelerator Video Tutorial #2: Options

Hey it’s Esteban, and thanks for watching my video tutorial. This second video describes how to use customize the Accelerator using the “options” menu. Enjoy...
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EquatIO

EquatIO is a math extension that makes math digital. Type, handwrite, dictate, or simply copy a printed math equation; EquatIO converts these math equations...
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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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Excel - Geometry & insert shapes and label graph

Combine with 3D objects or a draftsman tool kit where needed then let your student fly with math lessons using Excel - with screen reader commands.
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Accessibility-How to make your signature Electronic and insert it into a Document

Get rid of the printer and access the world through your computer when it is required to sign your name to a document. Editor's Note: This video tutorial...
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Office Lens: Convert Print to Digital Materials (video)

Office Lens is the built-in camera available in OneNote that enables users to take a picture of whiteboards, printed documents, or textbook pages and then...
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Setting a Departure Time on Google Maps for Orientation and Mobility

When planning an Orientation and Mobility trip with a student, it is essential to consider which type of transportation that they would like to take (Read...
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Microsoft OneNote and Screen Readers

Microsoft OneNote is a digital notebook that enables you to capture, organize and share information. For general information on OneNote and how to get started...
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Michael Forzano: Programmer at Amazon

Micheal is a software engineer at Amazon. In the article, Blind Since Birth, Writing Code at Amazon since 2013, Micheal provides a glimpse  of his life and his...
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STEM Field Mentors: STEM Career Showcase

A 'role model' is defined as a person who others admire and want to emulate. All students benefit from teachers and professionals who are role models. Students...
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Microsoft Soundscape app: a free O&M app

Microsoft Soundscape is a free iOS app that provides travelers who are visually impaired or blind information about places around them in the environement....
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Google Maps Offline

As an O&M, it would be a dream for all of our community traveling students and clients to have a smartphone with an unlimited data plan.  In reality, many...
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Measuring Tools: Using Traditional and Digital Tools & Activities

Measuring is often introduced in preschool and is a part of the kindergarten curriculum. Measuring with non-standard units means measuring things with blocks,...
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Test-approved Graphing Calculator App

The next generation of graphing calculator - the Desmos app - is available at no cost! This app, which is accessible for users who are blind and visually...
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Prizmo Go App Review: A free OCR app

Use your iPhone or iPad to quickly grab print text and convert it to digital text.  The digital text can then be read aloud by the app's built-in text to...
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Accessibility of MAP Assessments Series #1: Introduction

  In this series, we will be discussing the accessibility of on-line MAP growth assessment. As our classrooms transition to digital textbooks and on-line...
KNFB Reader: an accessible OCR app.

KNFB Instructional Videos

KNFB Reader is a mobile app that reads print aloud.  Designed specifically for users who are visually impaired or blind, KNFB Reader is accessible and easy to...
iBeacos provide audible information: "Main Street Station Bus Stop" and "Main Street Escalator Entrance" as pedestrian travels.

iBeacons: Next Gen O&M Tool

Tech savvy Orientation and Mobility instructors and students are familiar with using GPS apps for navigating sidewalks and streets.  The latest O&M related...

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