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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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Microsoft "To-Do" Task Manager Accessibility

Microsoft To-Do is an intelligent task management app that makes it easy to plan and manage your day. As educators - especially itinerant TVIs and COMS - it is...
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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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Preparing a Low Vision Student to Use a Screen Reader

This is the second post in the screen reader for low vision series. The first post, Screen Reader for Low Vision Students? Includes common indicators that a...
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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...
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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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EMMA: Educational Materials Made Accessible

Currently, each university creates their own accessible files each semester for students who are visually impaired or print disabled. While universities have...
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Bigger is Not Always Better: Understanding Magnification

Students who have functional vision should certainly use their vision and - when appropriate - low vision tools. For educational tasks, some students with low...
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Ten "Odd" Things I Do With Double Vision

For as long as I can remember, I have had double vision that causes me to see two of everything. The way I see double has fluctuated over time- sometimes I see...
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Sonification: Sounds with Meaning Activity

Sightlings - students with vision - are able to glance at a chart and instantly identify the trend and general information without exploring each data point....
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Choosing a Habitable Planet: Data Analysis Activity

The year is 2029 and global warming disaster scenarios have become real - temperatures have increased drastically, glaciers have melted and sea levels have...
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Charts and Graphs Skills Review

Part of the SAS Accessibility Team recently taught this activity with students in the SAVVY Transition Program in North Carolina. This post is follows the...
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Using High Contrast Themes in Windows 10

This past month at my internship, I found that I was experiencing a stronger aversion to light than I normally do, so I decided to try using high contrast...
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From a Distance Part 3: Screen Sharing Options

NOTE: Please check out the other two articles in this series: From a Distance Part 1: Take a Picture it Lasts Longer From a Distance Part 2: Distance Video...
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SAS Recruits Employees with Disabilities

WRAL interviews Sean Mealin, a PhD computer science student at North Carolina State University about his summer internship at SAS. Simba, Sean's guide dog lays...
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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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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...
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From a Distance Part 1: Take a Picture, It Lasts Longer

I’ve always had low vision.  I never knew anything different, and frankly I think a lot of the experiences I had as a young woman with low vision shaped who I...
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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...
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Student Bloggers on Paths to Technology

Paths to Technology encourages students to be an active part of the VI community. There has never been a more tech savvy generation of kids. Today, kids are '...
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Dealing with Anxiety about Accommodations

There were many times when I was in middle and high school that I had to deal with anxiety related to receiving accommodations in the classroom for my vision...
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Voice Dream Scanner and Voice Dream Reader Demo

Voice Dream Reader is a popular and fully accessible reading tool for students with vision impairments, dyslexia or other print disabilities. Voice Dream...
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TSA Travel Tips

Are you planning a summer trip that includes airplane travel? TSA (Transportation Security Administration) shares information about the process of going...
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How Important is Tech to Students with Visual Impairments?

Academic students carry a variety of courses each semester and the student's TVI supports each and every subject. The daily focus is on understanding and...
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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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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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