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How to Request Accessible Textbooks in College

The other day, one of my friends texted me with an urgent question asking how to request accessible textbooks in college. Their professor had just announced...
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Accessible Computing Education Webinar

Join this exciting, upcoming webinar from Earl Huff, a Ph.D. student studying Human-Centered Computing in the School of Computing at Clemson University....
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Scribe for Meetings

Zoom meetings have become the "new normal" for businesses and for classes. Scribe for Meetings is a new tool that enables the meeting host to upload PowerPoint...
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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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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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Career Education: 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Ten "Odd" Things I Do With Double Vision

For as long as I can remember, I have had double vision that causes me to see two of everything. The way I see double has fluctuated over time- sometimes I see...
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Podcast? What is that?

Podcasts are a good source of information, entertainment, and education. Perkins recently released a Podcast called eLearning to go. I mentioned it to a...
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From a Distance Part 1: Take a Picture, It Lasts Longer

I’ve always had low vision.  I never knew anything different, and frankly I think a lot of the experiences I had as a young woman with low vision shaped who I...
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Dealing with Anxiety about Accommodations

There were many times when I was in middle and high school that I had to deal with anxiety related to receiving accommodations in the classroom for my vision...
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The Power of Not Knowing

I was introduced to Braille in elementary school when we knew I had a visual impairment that was impacting my ability to read, but we didn’t have a diagnosis....
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Transitioning to a 504 Plan Before College

Several years ago, I published a post that was all about transitioning to a 504 Plan before graduation, which I claimed was the best advice I had received...
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Dear Ms. Teacher

Dear Ms. Teacher, I hope you are having a great day and I hope this is a good time. I am writing because the equipment to help me with my visual impairment is...
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Not Graduating Early

My sophomore year of high school, especially the second semester, was awful. Over half of my teachers did not provide me with the accommodations in my IEP, due...
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Digital Transitions #2: Math Grid Activities

"Our classrooms are becoming paperless."  This statement is flying around classrooms but what does it mean for students with visual impairments and blindness?...
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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...