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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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Apple Pay

Apple Pay (and Google Pay for Android users) is a mobile contact payment system and digital wallet service that enables users to pay for products and services...
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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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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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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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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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BlindSquare EVENT: A special FREE offer!

BlindSquare is a popular navigation app for travelers who are visually impaired. During this unprecendented time of school closures and social distancing,...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Space Camp for Interested Visually Impaired Students (SCIVIS)

UPDATE!!!! Space Camp 2019 Registration is now open! (May 3, 2019) Space Camp for Interested Visually Impaired Students (SCIVIS) is a week long camp held at...
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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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Ten Things I Wish My TVI Taught Me About Transition

Whenever I speak about my experiences with working with a teacher of the vision impaired (TVI) in Virginia Public Schools, people are often surprised by how...
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College Success and Career Launch Programs at Perkins

College Success @ Perkins College Success is a selective, nine-month residential program for blind or visually-impaired high school graduates – ages 18 to...
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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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Registration is now open for the 2019 NC STEM Camp for Students with Visual Impairments or Blindness

For the last four summers, high school students with VIB from across the country have travelled to Research Triangle Park in North Carolina to learn about STEM...
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STEM Camps for Students with VIB Survey

Summer is just around the corner and it is time to register for summer camps. The American Camp Association (ACA) reports that there are about 7,000...
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Eight Ways to Read Handwritten Cards with Assistive Technology

Yesterday, a close friend of mine gave me a handwritten card. They were worried at first that I would have trouble reading it, as they weren't sure if there...
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How to Use Campus Alert Systems

While I was waiting for my plane to take off a few days ago, I got a message from my campus alert system saying that the power was out, so classes may be...
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How Do People with Vision Impairments . . . Use Emoji?

Every time I turn around, I feel like I am seeing people use emoji, which have become a defining pop culture element of today's society. People of all ages are...
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Seven Benefits of Having a Case with State Departments for Vision Impairment

I frequently get comments from readers who discover my blog after they have been diagnosed with low vision or progressive blindness, and they often ask me what...
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Aira For Low Vision Review

Several months ago, I was attending a small assistive technology conference in Washington, DC. After having played with a variety of different technologies, I...
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Amazon Fire TV Stick: An Accessibility Review

Summer’s coming...or maybe for you it’s already here.  As for me, we have one more week of school left. And let me tell you, when that week is over, I’ll be...
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Vocational Rehabilitation for Students with Vision Impairments

Three years ago, my family and I were preparing for my high school graduation, which was mere days away- read more about graduation ceremonies for people with...
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How to be an ally for disabled friends

This post is dedicated to S, who helps to advocate for acceptance, not just awareness for disabled friends Whenever I speak at conferences or on panels, I...
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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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NC STEM Camp for High School Students with VIB 2018

During this one-week residential camp, 12 - 15 high school students with VIB will explore various fields of STEM, including the Grand Challenges of Engineering...
RBDigital Magazines and Zinio for Libraries Review. www.veroniiiica.com

RBDigital Magazines and Zinio for Libraries Review

RBDigital Magazines, sometimes referred to as Zinio for Libraries, has been all over my Twitter feed this week as users look to use online app services on...
Eyes Free Fitness by BlindAlive: Described Workouts for the blind and visually impaired

Eyes-Free Fitness: Described Workouts for the Blind and Visually Impaired

The Eyes-Free Fitness app contains both free and paid exercise routines described specifically for the blind. Introduction The holidays are a wonderful time...
What's Cooking? Finding Recipes Using the Big Oven app.

What's Cooking? Finding Recipes using Big Oven

  This time of year, everyone is looking for recipes.  Cookies, fruitcakes, pies, and that special side dish to make your holiday meal that much more special...
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How Do People with Low Vision. . . Go to Conferences?

Being right near Washington DC, I have been able to attend several conferences and events related to assistive technology and disability. I always learn...
How I use IFTT; how I created custom skills at no cost for my Amazon Alexa, phone and more. www.veroniiiica.com

How I use IFTTT (If This, Then That)

When I first received my Amazon Echo Dot (full review here), I was wondering how I could link it to my phone- specifically, if I could use the voice-controlled...

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