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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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ClaroCom Pro Communication App Review

As many of my students with visual impairments and additional disabilities approach transition, I have really taken it upon myself to find AAC apps that would...
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Microsoft Office Alternatives

A student who is graduating received a laptop for a Christmas present and he asked me about obtaining Microsoft Office or an equivalent for the laptop, the...
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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...
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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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Seeing the Future: A Proposed Resource for Students with Vision Impairments

Last year, I wrote a policy idea that won the "10 Ideas" yearly policywriting contest that is hosted by the Roosevelt Institute, a student-run think tank. My...
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Eight Things I'm Glad 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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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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Voice Dream Scanner: OCR App

Voice Dream Scanner is an OCR scanner - it is used to scan an inaccessible PDF or text image and converts the text to an accessible document that can be read...
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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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YES Summer Academy Registration

YES Summer program registration is open! This four week program is designed to immerse youth in innovative and comprehensive pre-employmnet skills training...
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Playing in GMU Green Machine Pep Band with Vision Impairment

One of the fun facts I like to share about myself is that I play bass clarinet for my school pep band, the GMU Green Machine. Anyone who is from the area is...
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Windows Magnifier: Have Magnifier Follow

One of the key philosophies I hold is that I should teach my students to use AT solutions that are easily attainable after they graduate from high school.  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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Calculus for Beginners and Artists

Calculus for Beginners and Artists "Calculus for Beginners and Artists" is a website sponsored by the math department of MIT and is the work of Dr. Daniel J....
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NFB EQ Camp Registration

Attention Blind and Low-vision Students: Explore. Connect. Attend NFB EQ! Join the National Federation of the Blind at our NFB Engineering Quotient (EQ)...
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My Experience at ATIA 2019

This past week, I had the opportunity to attend the ATIA 2019 Conference in Orlando, Florida. I was able to find out about the latest and greatest emerging...
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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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Equatio and Google Docs Tutorial

Equatio is a digital math editor that is created by the company Texthelp, the makers of Read&Write. Equatio provides students multiple ways to input math...
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Access to High-level Mathematics Using LaTeX

In my short time as a vision teacher and assistive technology specialist, I have come to appreciate the vast lengths that developers have gone to in order to...
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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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App Review: Blind Abilities

As my secondary students approach the age of 21, I am exposing them to more and more apps and resources that they will need to live full, high quality lives as...
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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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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....
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Chris Downey: Blind Architect

Chris Downey is an architect who designs buildings with acoustics and accessibility in mind. When Chris lost his vision suddenly 10 years ago due to a brain...
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Project POEM: Summer Camp and More!

PROJECT POEM  Project-Based Learning Opportunities and Exploration  of Mentorship for Students with Visual Impairments in STEM Overview The overall goal of...
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2019 Microsoft NINJA Camp for students with Disabilities

Microsoft NINJA Camp is a five-day boot camp created to prepare students with disabilities for tech careers. Camp Goals Learn digital skills using...
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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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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...
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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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Excel Accessibility: Screenreader speaking of Row and Column Headers in Excel

Excel Accessibility: Screenreader speaking of Row and Column Headers in Excel Since I was assigned to teach a class this spring semester that is graphics...
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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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Learning to Fish: Problem-Solving and Other Basic Skills for Future Blind Coders

I am a retired Rehabilitation Counselor who is blind. I am neither a coder nor   a technology specialist, but someone who would like to shine a light on the...
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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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Why I Use Repl.it IDE for my coding Assignments

Last semester, I needed to find a large print IDE that I could use for my Python programming class, and one of my friends recommended that I try Repl.it. At...
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Using Assistive Technology with Hour of Code

Today is a special day, because thousands of students from all around the world are going to be introduced to computer science for the first time with Hour of...
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Five reasons why your students should learn to read at a rate of 600 words per minute

My personal perspective When I was in elementary school, I was diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP). I hated to read because of RP. I had a great deal of...

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