Search Paths to Technology

Cartoon drawing of buildings along a street with Points A & B and route arrow, with text, "Wayfinding App"

ObjectiveEd: Wayfinding App

Orientation is simply knowing where you are in relationship to things around you. Building strong mental maps is a critical component of orientation skills for...
Image of 3 year old Victor with procane by large red cement Target ball and Victor college freshman sitting on campus.

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...
Screenshot of my maps.google.com with tabs: Owned, Not-owned and text, "Editing Maps"

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...
Text: "Non-visual digital map library - there's a map for that!" List of various types of maps with outline of North America.

Recorded! Map Library Webinar

Update! The Map Library Webinar was recorded and is now available below! In honor of ADA’s 30th anniversary, Perkins and SAS have collaborated to develop an...
Image of Pittsboro's Historic courthouse with text, " John's O&M Lesson #1"

John's O&M Lesson 1: Non-Visual Digital Maps for Elementary Student

When creating orientation and mobility lessons, O&Ms should carefully consider the goal(s) of each lesson and the current lesson. As an O&M, my mission...
Image of a computer monitor with a college academic building and text, "Campus Map Webinar"

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...
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...
Photo of 2 students walking on a college campus sidewalk and text, "Transition to College: O&M"

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...
Screenshot of Zoom Remote O&M lesson with high school senior & O&M instructor. Text, "Remote O&M Lesson College Transition."

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...
Image of people walking on sidewalks in front of an academic building with text, "Remote O&M Instruction College Transition"

Remote O&M Instruction for Students Transitioning to College: Getting Started

How are YOU handling the high O&M needs for your soon-to-graduate high school student who is transitioning to college? Ideally, this student would have...
3D printed map of NIU with sidewalks, roads and buildings around Graham Hall and text, "Touch Mapper: 3D Printed Maps"

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...
Cartoon image of a girl holding a microphone and text, "It's My Job Podcast #9: Grant Hardy"

It's My Job Podcast #9

In the ninth episode of It's My Job, Christian, a student from Texas, interviews Mr. Grant Hardy, Vancouver Bureau Reporter and Broadcast Presenter for...
Cartoon image of a girl holding a microphone and text, "It's My Job Podcast #8: Chancey Fleet"

It's My Job Podcast #8

In the eighth episode of It's My Job, Christian, a student from Texas, interviews Ms. Chancey Fleet, Assistive Technology Coordinator for the New York Public...
Photo of Dr. Rosenblum on a bike with text, "Non-Driver Live Webinars"

Live Webinars for Non-Drivers!

Three Free Webinars  “Let’s Talk Nondriving and Low Vision Driving for Teens and People in Their Early 20s” What: 2-hour webinars conducted by Dr. L. Penny...
"2020" with fireworks in the background; text, "TVI/COMS Resolutions"

TVI and O&M Professional New Year's Resolutions

The crazy and joyful holiday rush is past and hopefully everyone has time to relax. As I reflect on 2019 (how has another year already flown by?) and ponder...
Photo of a mall decorated for Christmas and text, "Christmas shopping"

The Gift of Independence: O&M Success Story and Activity

Students need role models! There are several wonderful YouTube vloggers (video bloggers) who share their stories, tips and successes about living with a visual...
cartoon image of a hand holding a smart phone displaying a map and Point of Interest marker.

Google Maps Offers Voice Guidance for Visually Impaired Users

Google Maps has recently introduced a new feature for visually impaired users (blind or partially sighted people). Maps now offers more detailed voice guidance...
Tent things to know about going to college with a blindness cane. www.veroniiiica.com

Ten Things to Know About Going to College with a Blindness Cane

I started using a blindness cane full-time when I started attending college, and I was surprised to learn that navigating on my college campus was much...
How I learned to navigate my internship building with low vision. www.veroniiiica.com

How I Learned to Navigate My Internship Building With Low Vision

I'm now starting the third week of my internship, and I'm excited to share that I now know how to navigate the floor of the building that I work in. Of course...
Seven places I don't take my blindness cane. www.veroniiiica.com

Seven Places I Don't Take My Blindness Cane

Last year, I was moving out of my dorm when a staff member asked why I don't take my blindness cane with me everywhere I go. They were wondering how I was able...
Photo of TSA officer walking beside a blind woman and her guide dog in the airport.

TSA Travel Tips

Are you planning a summer trip that includes airplane travel? TSA (Transportation Security Administration) shares information about the process of going...
Blind Inc logo and text, "Summer Programs"

BLIND Inc. Summer Programs

BLIND Inc. (Blindness: Learning in New Dimensions) is a nationally-renowned training center for blind individuals of all ages. Founded in 1986 by the National...
How I use my phone for Orientation and Mobility. www.veroniiiica.com

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...
Touring Colleges with Virtual Reality.www.veroniiiica.com

Touring Colleges with Virtual Reality

As technology continues to evolve, future college students now have an additional way to search for higher education by touring colleges with virtual reality....
Image of Walking man with a cane stick figure and text, "Getting Ready for College: O&M Skills"

Get Ready for College: O&M Skills

What O&M skills do high school students with visual impairments or blindness need to know in order to be successful in college or in job situation? Meg...
Woman walking with dog on woodland path; second woman with seated dog waiting off the path. Title below the photo.

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...
Transit app Logo and text, :Transit App Part 2

Transit App Tutorial: Part 2

Editor's Note: This video was created by Penny Stevenson and is posted on Paths to Technology with permission. Transit is a public transport app that works...
Transit App Logo

Transit App Tutorial: Part 1

Editor's Note: This video was created by Penny Stevenson and is posted on Paths to Technology with permission. Transit is a public transport app that works...
How to use campus alert systems. www.veroniiiica.com

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...
Reminders App Logo

Is This My Bus Stop?! The Reminders App

I started using the iPhone Reminders app during city bus lessons when I taught a high schooler who has low vision and significant social anxiety.  The idea of...
How a TSA Pre-Check helps me as a visually impaired traveler. www.veroniiiica.com

How a TSA Pre-Check Helps Me as a Visually Impaired Traveler

TSA Pre-Checks are incredibly useful for any traveler, but I was surprised by how helpful they are for travelers with blindness and low vision. This past March...
Screenshot of annotated middle school map with tool bars.

Creating Low Vision Maps: SAS Gloss App

SAS gloss is a free annotation app that can be used to quickly create an accessible map on-the-fly for low vision students.  Annotation apps allow the student...
image of an Android phone on top of a world map.

Setting a Departure Time on Google Maps for Orientation and Mobility

When planning an Orientation and Mobility trip with a student, it is essential to consider which type of transportation that they would like to take (Read...
Microsoft Soundscape logo

Microsoft Soundscape app: a free O&M app

Microsoft Soundscape is a free iOS app that provides travelers who are visually impaired or blind information about places around them in the environement....
Screenshot of Google Maps on iPhone displaying bus route options with Depart at tab highlighted.

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...
Hands holding smart phones in front of a world map.  Text: "Google Maps (offline)".

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...
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...
Five things that surprised me about the new metro cars. www.veroniiiica.com

Five Things that Surprised Me About the New Metro Cars

I go to college right outside of Washington, DC, and often find myself using the Metro subway system to travel around the DC, Maryland, and Virginia area....
How do people with low vision use the bus system? How to  master college and city buses.  www.veroniiica.org

How Do People with Low Vision use the Bus System?

Like a lot of students, I didn't bring a car with me to college.  Unlike a lot of students, I didn't bring a car because I have low vision and use a blindness...
15 Addresses to memorize in college: Important addresses to keep in college - great for O&M Instruction!  www.veroniiica.com

15 Addresses to Memorize in College

Recently, a sighted friend at my college asked me how I was able to navigate campus with a blindness cane better than they could without one. I have gotten...

Pages