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MyScript Calculator screenshot of written math problem converted to text; 1 of 5 educational low vision apps.

Apps That Help Students with Low Vision in the Classroom

I started using my personal technology in the classroom full-time in 2013 when I started attending a high school that had wifi access available for students. I...
Accessibility Settings for Android Phones.

Accessibility Settings for Android Phone

Originally posted on veroniiiica.com Ever since getting the myTouch 4G in 2010, I have used Android phones exclusively in my day-to-day life for activities...
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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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College Board Simplifies Request Process for Test Accommodations

The College Board has streamlined its process for students with IEPs or 504 plans to receive the same test accommodations when taking the SAT, PSAT 10, PSAT/...
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Transloc Transit App with Low Vision Students: O&M Lesson

  Over the past year, I have incorporated using the Transloc Transit iOS App, which serves the Raleigh, North Carolina public bus system (GoRaleigh), with my...
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College Guide for Students with Visual Impairments

Do you have a student/child who is transitioning to college?  BestColleges.com shares statistics and explores different accommodations and teaching strategies...
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BlindWays: a crowdsourced bus stop location app

For people who are blind or visually impaired, accessing public bus services can mean getting to work or class on time. However, it is challenging to quickly...
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Quorum Programming Language: Accessible Programming

Computer science is a wide open field for everyone - including people who are visually impaired.  Do you have a student who is currently interested in or is...
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How to use Apple Pay on the web with Safari in iOS 10 and macOS Sierra

Use your Mac, iPad, iPhone and/or Apple Watch to pay for items!  Yes, Apple Pay is now available on the Mac to pay for things online.  Apple Pay is a secure...
Screenshot of BlindSquare app's home page.

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...
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Up-to-date Election Information: NFB Newsline

Learn all about the upcoming elections in NFB Newsline which offers information about the presidential elections, including platforms for both parties,...
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Creating charts and graphs using Microsoft Excel

Need to know how to create charts and graphs in Microsoft Excel? In our digital classrooms, teachers and students are learning how to use Microsoft Excel to...
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...
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High School vs. College

When transitioning from high school to college, the student goes from an environment that is structured to “ensure student success” to one that is designed to...
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NantMobile Money Reader (formerly LookTel Money Reader)

NantMobile Money Reader  is a free iOS app that instantly recognizes currency and speaks the denomination, enabling users with visual impairments and blindness...
Susan Osterhaus introducing a Talking Graphing Calculator to a student with visual impairments.

Teaching the Talking Graphing Calculator to a Student who is VIB

How do you start teaching a complex graphing calculator to a student who is visually impaired or blind?  First, let's learn a little more about the Orion TI-84...
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...
Screenshot from "Navigating the Web" video: Jim Allen sitting behind his computer.

Navigating the Web with Windows Screen Readers

Do you find surfing the web with a screen reader to be challenging?  Are you tired of navigating the web by repetitively using the tab key and arrow keys?  Jim...
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Tech Time-Out #3 Accessing Labs: Engineering Camp 2016

During the NC State Engineering VIB Camp, high school students successfully completed hands-on activities in real-life NCSU STEM labs. Campers with visual...
Digital Wallets are payment methods using your smartphone.

Mobile Payment Systems and Digital Wallets

In this electronic world, there are multiple ways to use your smartphone to pay for purchases in stores.  These mobile payment systems and digital wallets...
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Hi-Tech Banking

The banking industry has gone hi-tech!  Check out the new USAA mobile app that enables people with visual impairments or blindness to deposit checks with their...
SAS Mobile BI app has interactive accessible data visualizations such as this pie chart.

Accessible Digital Charts, Graphs and Maps!

Our classrooms are - or are in the process of - transitioning to paperless classrooms.   Digital and on-line textbooks, assignments and assessments are...
Demonstration of using 3D Touch with the Messages app on an iPhone 6s.

3D-Touch with VoiceOver on the iPhone 6s Plus

How does 3D Touch with VoiceOver on the iPhone 6s  actually work? Photo App:  In the Photo app running VoiceOver, pick a photo and hold your finger on the...
NC State Engineering VIB campers and instructors using BlindSquare on campus routes.

Tech Time-Out #2 Navigation: Engineering Camp 2016

During the NC State Engineering VIB Camp, high school students lived in college dorms, ate in the university dining halls, attended engineering lectures, rode...
Two students building a canoe type boat out of PVC pipe and a plastic tarp.

NFB Conducts Engineering Program for Blind Students

The National Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute, under the auspices of its National Center for Blind Youth in Science, will conduct the first of two...
Students viewing a professor lecturing with PPT Engineering slide in the background.

Tech Time-Out #1 Accessing PowerPoint Presentation: Engineering Camp 2016

During the NC State Engineering VIB Camp, high school students with visual impairments and blindness learned about the engineering process, spent hands-on time...
Student using computer in Assistive Technology lab

Going to College? Think About This!

For all students, college is a time of transition and change. This is especially the case for students who require assistive technology.  It can be very...
Student sitting on a bench using a laptop on a college campus.

8 Skills that everyone should have by age 18

What are the skills every 18-year old needs?  Former Stanford dean shares his thoughts about the 8 skills that everyone should have by age 18.  This article...
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Security

Have you ever been hacked? Has your data ever been compromised? These days, we store just about everything on our mobile devices from our payment information,...
Accessible campus map being used with a LiveScribe smart pen that reads out the map's information.

Blind Leading the Blind: How Berkeley Alums are Designing an Inclusive World

Berkeley students and alums who are blind share their experiences while attending Berkeley and after graduation, in the workplace.  A common thread to their...
Finger exploring the 3-D campus map.

A Feel for Campus: 3-D Map for Texas A&M

Tyler Wooten, an engineering freshman, designed and 3-D printed a portable braille map of A&M's campus.  The map comes in 5 x 9 sections and the sections...
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Blind Abilities Podcast App

Blind Abilities produces podcasts and blogs dealing with accessibility, technologies, devices and enhancing opportunities in the job market for visual impaired...
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JAWS and MAGic Student Edition Available on Quota Soon!

UPDATE: JAWS and MAGic Student Editions are now available on Federal Quota funds! APH recently announced that JAWS and MAGic Student Editions will be available...
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College Success

High school students often have teachers of the visually impaired and/or parents who problem solve and run interference for them; however, in college, advocacy...
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Ride Sharing Apps: Uber and Lyft

Need a ride?  Use your smart phone to find a ride in minutes.  With a simple tap of a button, a nearby community driver will pick you up! For basic information...
Screenshot of a Windows computer with the sample digital math worksheet.

How to Read Math Equations with a Screen Reader on a Windows Computer

In this video, Brice demonstrates the basic commands used to navigate math equations on a Windows machine running NVDA.  The same principles apply when using...
Bubble answer sheet with "SAT" spelled out in bubbled answers.

Big Changes Coming to the SAT: New Test debuts in March

High school students planning to take the SAT this March can expect some major changes. The redesigned college admission test is being called "one of the...
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Kaleigh's Favorite Apps

Between all my devices, I use many apps (applications). However, some awesome apps of mine are all things Google & Google Drive, JAWS & NVDA, and Adobe...
Woman with guide dog holding iPhone and traveling independently past museum exhibit.

Indoor Navigation at the NC Museum Of Natural Sciences

Bluetooth iBeacons to increase accessibility for people who are blind or visually impaired. The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences continues to broaden...

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