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College STEM Survey

Are you a college student who reads braille? Have you taken a college STEM course? If so, we would like to hear from you! We are currently recruiting for a...
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Making Geology Accessible: Free Tactile Image Files

Do you have a student studying rocks, volcanoes, atmosphere, soils, glaciers, water or ecosystems? Geoscience or Earth science is the study of all fields of...
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Tools Used by Blind Scientists

Dr. Mona Samer Minkara is an Assistant Professor of Bioengineering at Northeastern University. Her specific area of interest is ". . .better understanding the...
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National Coding Symposium 2021

Hosted by APH ConnectCenter and the California School for the Blind, the free virtual National Coding Symposium will demonstrate how the world of coding,...
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How to Run Effective Web Searches

How to Run Effective Web Searches Over the years, I have had several awesome teachers and professors who have helped me learn how to write essays and...
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Teaching a Virtual Class: Zoom Etiquette

Remote instruction can be challenging for all teachers, including teachers of students with visual impairments. Video meetings (e.g., Zoom meetings) tend to be...
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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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Exploring Math with Demos: Getting Started

TVIs - our mission is to help our students learn math and to love learning math! What mainstream, approved digital math tools are you teaching your students?...
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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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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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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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Teacher-Created Resource Library!

Finding Solutions Students in today's classrooms are using digital educational materials - especially now with remote instruction, online courses and virtual...
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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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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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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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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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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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How to Create 3D Printable Maps Using Touch Mapper

Summary This blog post will explain how to use Touch Mapper to create maps that can be printed on a 3D printer. Touch Mapper is a website that enables you to...
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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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Summer Virtual ExCEL Camp

We have had so much fun and developed so many friendships through the Virtual ExCEL Academy this spring! The American Printing House for the Blind is ready to...
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Preparing Middle School and High School Students with VIB for Remote Learning

Since our state has moved to remote learning while all public schools are closed for a minimum of three weeks because of the Coronavirus, students have had to...
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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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Tech Skills for College Bound Students

My colleague, Adrienne Shoemaker and I completed a presentation at the NEAER Conference in New Hampshire this past November titled Tech Skills for the College...
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Podcast: College Success Series

The Perkins eLearning to Go podcasts cover a wide-range of topics related to working with students who are visually impaired. The current series, College...
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How to Recognize Phishing Attempts with Vision Impairment

Yesterday, I received a phishing attempt in my email that was telling me about a file that someone had shared with me. The email asked me to click on a link to...
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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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BrailleSense Polaris: Using the Polaris as a Refreshable Braille Display with JAWS

This year, my student wanted to learn how to connect her Polaris to her Windows laptop with JAWS to use it as a braille display. I downloaded the correct...
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Picture in a Flash: A Tactile Image is Worth a Thousand Words

NOTE: For more ways of creating tactile graphics, please see the article Creating Tactile Graphics With Firebird Software. As I was going through school to...
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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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Microsoft "To-Do" Task Manager Accessibility

Microsoft To-Do is an intelligent task management app that makes it easy to plan and manage your day. As educators - especially itinerant TVIs and COMS - it is...
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Seven Things I Tell My College Suitemates About My Disability

As a college student with vision impairment and chronic illness, I have lived with several suitemates, meaning that I have my own bedroom and share a common...
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EMMA: Educational Materials Made Accessible

Currently, each university creates their own accessible files each semester for students who are visually impaired or print disabled. While universities have...
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Charts and Graphs Skills Review

Part of the SAS Accessibility Team recently taught this activity with students in the SAVVY Transition Program in North Carolina. This post is follows the...
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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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How Important is Tech to Students with Visual Impairments?

Academic students carry a variety of courses each semester and the student's TVI supports each and every subject. The daily focus is on understanding and...

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