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Tech Standards: Creating Keynote Presentations Part 2

Macy, with Challenge Solutions, shares her tips and tricks on how she creates Keynote presentations on her iPad with VoiceOver. Challenge Solutions is a group...
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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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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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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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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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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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Be My Eyes: Microsoft Tech Support Story

Sam is a tech support agent at the Microsoft Disability Answer Desk, where he answers calls from customers who are blind or have low-vision calling through the...
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How to teach your students to read at 600 words per minute – Part 4

Let the student drive It is important to let your student be the person interacting with the device during practice sessions. The ability to control when...
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How to teach your students to read at 600 words per minute – Part 3

Use content that fascinates The most important criterion for choosing content that your student will use to practice reading speed is the degree to which the...
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How I Use My Phone for Orientation and Mobility

Over the weekend, an image went viral of a woman holding a blindness cane and using a phone at the same time. Many people assumed that the woman was faking her...
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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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Coursicle Class Scheduling App Review

A few semesters ago, I had to switch around a bunch of my classes. I went through my school's class database and made notes of the new classes I wanted to take...
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Using Apple Vis to Connect My Students to the VI Tech Community

As a Teacher of the Visually Impaired and Assistive Technology Specialist, I seek opportunities for my secondary students to read about the authentic...
MyMathLab for Vision Impairment

MyMathLab for Vision Impairment

Many of my professors in college have gone paperless, and assign homework, quizzes, and tests online using softwares like Blackboard and MyMathLab. I prefer to...
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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 teach your students to read at 600 words per minute – Part 1

This series on increasing auditory reading speed is based on a master-apprentice model. In this case, successful professionals with visual impairments like me...
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SoloLearn Programming App Review

I've been working towards learning more about programming and coding languages outside of the classroom, because I want to stand out more when applying for...
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Respondus LockDown Browser Accessibility for Visual Impairment

Since the start of my freshman year at my university, I have taken over a dozen online classes- read more about why and how in my post about virtual college...
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BlindSquare Integration for Future Dog Guide User

My student is 20 years old, moved to her new apartment in downtown Winooski, VT one month ago, and is getting a dog guide at the end of the month. She rarely...
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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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Hoonuit Free Technology Tutorials Review

In recent times, I have been exploring a variety of virtual resources that libraries make available to library cardholders for free, inspired by one of my...
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Microsoft Seeing AI and Low Vision Review

As a college student with low vision, I constantly find myself surrounded by things I can't see. I don't always have someone with me that can help me figure...
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Google Maps: Bus and Train Stations

Smart phones are used for navigation purposes by everyone, including people who are visually impaired. Google Maps has some interesting bus and train transit...
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...
Math worksheet completed with annotation app on iPad Pro.

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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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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Talking Turkey: Using the Butterball for iOS App

I’ve never hosted Thanksgiving. OK, that’s not quite true...I had it one year, but since it was just me and my mom, I don’t think that counts. I have no idea...
3 smiling O&Ms in rain gear learning to use the BlindSquare navigation app around the Perkins School for the Blind campus.

Sharing Secret Locations Lesson: BlindSquare Lesson Plan

This lesson was originally taught at the Perkins High-Tech O&M Workshop with Ed Summers and Diane Brauner.  The Lesson Plan post is written by Kristin...
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Cited: An Accessible Citation App

A student came to me and asked for help doing source citations for one of her college classes.  Now, I was raised in the “use the card catalogue, hand-copy the...
Deirdre Watkins, teacher of the visually impaired

Bookshare: Back to School Series #2

Welcome to the second blog in our Back to School with Bookshare series. These blogs help teachers get a strong start to the school year so they can help their...
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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,...
Uber Checklist in the Notes app enables O&Ms to quickly check off student skills.

O&M: How to Use Uber (Checklist)

Transportation options for individuals with visual impairments have improved drastically from years ago.  Thankfully, with the improvement of smart phones and...
Screenshot of Vicks SmartTemp Thermometer app showing the large print temperature reading.

Vicks SmartTemp Thermometer App Review

Do you want to take your temperature or someone else temperature - but you are not able to visually read the thermometer?  Check out BlindMomLife's video...
Digital Textbooks:  Part 2 in College Transition Series

College Preparedness Series #2: How to Buy Digital Textbooks

Welcome! In this series, I will discuss how to start the semester off right, with all of the tools and tricks I have learned. Topics covered will include...
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BlindSquare Checklist

BlindSquare is becoming a leading app for travel used by those who are visually impaired. It can only be downloaded from an IOS product. Before students are...
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Using BlindSquare Simulation Mode to Create Tactile/Visual Maps

The Spiel I am a map-geek. Growing up I liked looking at my father’s National Geographic because the maps tucked in between those iconic glossy pages...
Student with long cane and iPhone standing on a sidewalk at street intersection.

Beginner's Guide to Blindsquare

I recently attended the “High Tech O&M” professional development conference at Perkins School for the Blind.   The conference provided an extensive...
Ed Summers standing at a greenway intersection with his Seeing Eye dog, demonstrating how to set a POI using the BlindSquare app

Creating and Using a Point of Interest on a Greenway or College Campus using BlindSquare

Can you use GPS based navigational apps in open spaces such as on a university campus or on a greenway?  Absolutely!  Even though navigational apps are...
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iStudiezPro: Task Organizer and Planner iOS App Review

iStudiezPro is a task organizer and planner app for high school and college students that is available on iOS devices that are running on iOS 8.2 or higher...

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