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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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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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Creating Accessible Online Learning Materials: College Level

The University of Washington is a leader in providing accessibility for students with disabilities who are studying to go into STEM fields. As professors are...
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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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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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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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How to Create Accessible Digital Maps Using SAS Graphics Accelerator and Google Maps

This post was updated on July 3, 2020. Summary This post explains how to create non-visual digital maps that contain points of interest such as intersections...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How to Keep Your Zoom Meetings Safe

With all the school closures, video conference calls have become the new normal for educators working virtually with students and for educators to connect with...
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My Favorite Tips for Attending Live Video Lectures

In recent times, many of my friends have been asking me for tips on attending live video lectures and attending classes remotely with video chat. I've attended...
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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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Virtual Schools: Serving Students in Online Education

As a vision teacher/Orientation & Mobility Specialist working for a private non-profit agency, I have had the opportunity to work with several virtual...
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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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9 Ways to Customize Blackboard for Students

My university uses a virtual learning and course management system called Blackboard, which houses all of the assignments and information about my classes,...
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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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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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CentOS Accessibility for Low Vision

In one of the data science computer labs on my college campus, the default operating system is CentOS, a well-known Linux distribution. While a lot of my...
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The Equalizing Power of Assistive Technology versus the Reality

The Equalizing Power of Assistive Technology versus the Reality Obviously, in today's world, computer technology is ubiquitous and digital literacy is crucial...
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SAS Graphics Accelerator Summary Page

Are you interested in learning about accessible digital charts and graphs? SAS Graphics Accelerator is a free Chrome extension that enables users to access...
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Brainfuse Online Tutoring Review

This semester, I discovered that I need some extra help with some of my data science coursework involving physics and statistics, so I went looking for online...
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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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Preparing a Low Vision Student to Use a Screen Reader

This is the second post in the screen reader for low vision series. The first post, Screen Reader for Low Vision Students? Includes common indicators that a...
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Screen Reader for Low Vision Students?

For a variety of reasons, students who have functional vision are often resistant to using a screen reader. Should these students be introduced to a screen...
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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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