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Envision #5: Light Backpacks, Happy Backs!

Alright happy campers this is for you! A university is not a camping site, so why are you carrying everything essential to an apocalyptic fallout?!?! Most...
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What I wished I Had Learned about AT Before Starting College: Video

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to present a short talk at A Future Date, a free virtual conference event that showcased talks on topics related to...
What I wish I learned about assistive technology before starting college Part 1

What I Wish I Learned About Assistive Technology Before Starting College: Part 1

Before I started attending college, I had very limited assistive technology education, as most of what I had learned had come from reading articles online. My...
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4to24 App: Preparing Your Child for Success!

Transition skills start EARLY! This valuable resource begins at age 4 and is designed specifically for parents of students who are blind or low vision. Created...
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It's My Job! Podcast #21: Gary O'Donoghue

Welcome to episode number twentieth one of the It’s My Job podcast. In this episode of It's My Job, Jose, a student from Colorado, interviews Mr. Gary O'...
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General Guidelines for Creating Non-Visual Maps of K12 Schools, Camps and Parks

Update: 8/24/21 This Eagle Scouts group has created 20+ K12 schools, local parks and scout camps maps! View these maps in Map Library! My name is Shepard...
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It's My Job! Podcast #20: Melody Goodspeed

Welcome to episode number twentieth of the It’s My Job podcast. In this episode of It's My Job, James, a student from Colorado, interviews Ms. Melody Goodspeed...
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Envision #2: Let Me Check My Schedule!

Staying organized can be a hassle for anyone, especially when it comes to creating an agenda!  Enough with post-it notes scattered on a fridge, brailled papers...
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Envision #1: Create and Organize Class Folders

Fall semester is approaching quickly! Keeping folders, documents and that comes with college and university can be a headache for sighted people, let alone for...
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STEAM Career Showcase 2021 for Students with Disabilities

The 9th annual STEAM Career Showcase for Students with Disabilities, a free virtual event for learners in grades 6–12, is an opportunity to connect with role...
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Creating Non-Visual Digital Maps of Metropolitan Areas

Updated August 4th with 40+ Metro Maps in the Paths to Technology Map Library! A huge thank you to the SAS 2021 Summer Interns who have created 40+ metro...
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Kaleigh's Tools to Access Education in College Interview

Using a CCTV and reading 4 or 5 words per minute at the end of second grade to reading 79 words per minute using JAWS; learn how technology was a game changer...
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Tech, Literacy & Education Equity for College Aspiring Learners Webinar

Updated July 14, 2021 to include the recording of this amazing webinar! The Perkins College Success program is sponsoring the free Tech, Literacy and...
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Learning about Airport/Airport Travel: O&M Activities

With the US opening up after COVID, people are beginning to travel again or to think about traveling. Guide Dogs for the Blind and Seeing Eye have created a...
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Challenge Solutions: A Group of Blind Students Podcasting/Video Blogging

Challenge Solutions is a website created and managed by a group of blind students for blind students and their teachers. Their mission is to provide lessons...
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It's My Job Podcast #15: Peter Altschul

Welcome to fifteenth episode of the It’s My Job podcast. Jose, a transition student from Colorado, is interviewing Peter Altschul. He is Organization...
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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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It's My Job Podcast #13: Lori Scharff

Welcome to thirteenth episode of the It’s My Job podcast. Jose, a transition student from Colorado, is interviewing Lori Scharff from New York. She is an...
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It's My Job Podcast #12: Annie Chiappetta

In the twelfth episode of It's My Job, Jose, a student in Colorado, interviews Annie Chiappetta who is a retired family therapist and author of poems, articles...
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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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Concept Development: Putting ORIENTATION back into O&M

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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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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Independent Living Skills: 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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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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College Success @ Perkins: Compass Program

College Success @ Perkins is growing - and going virtual.  We are building Expanded Core Curriculum skills, bringing college and career readiness home to...
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Teaching the ECC to the 21st Century Learner: Webinar

Perkins eLearning offers a variety of free webinars, including this recent webinar on the Expanded Core Curriculum with Robbin Clark. During this webinar,...
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Webinar: Exploring Accessible Campus Maps

Update 6/18/20: The recording of the Exploring Accessible Campus Maps Using SAS Graphics Accelerator webinar is now available! This spring has been challenging...
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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...
Photo of Victor sitting in a car drawing a campus map using the Sensational BlackBoard tactile drawing tool.

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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Cooking Without Looking: Week Three

Things Are Heating Up! I’m sure you all have heard the phrase, “If you can’t handle the heat, stay out of the kitchen.” This statement rang true for me this...
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It's My Job Podcast #10

In the tenth episode of It's My Job, Mohammed, a student in the U.S. Virgin Islands, interviews Dr. Kirk Adams, President and CEO of the American Foundation...
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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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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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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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Cooking without Looking: Meet the Chefs!

My name is Casey. I’m 18 years old and will be going into my sophomore year of college in the fall at Weber State University in Ogden Utah. I’m also visually...
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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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