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Feelif: Digital Education Games

Feelif is a combination of a standard tablet, a custom tactile grid, and multi-media educational apps. Feelif is a social innovation to help students who are blind to use smart devices for digital...
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Encouraging a Resistant Student to Use the Bluetooth Keyboard with the iPad

Most students who are familiar with VoiceOver gestures eagerly dive into learning to use the Bluetooth keyboard with VoiceOver however, occasionally a student will dig in his/her heels and resist...
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Sprint and free KNFB Reader app

Sprint Corporation, commonly referred to as Sprint, is a U.S. telecommunications holding company that provides wireless services and is an internet service provider. KNFB Reader is a mobile OCR app...
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Bookshare Receives Funding!

Benetech's Bookshare is a free accessible online library for students with print disabilities. Bookshare is used in over 25,000 schools and school districts and has delivered over 11 million books to...
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Holman Prize for Blind Ambition

The LightHouse for the Blind in San Francisco will award three legally blind adventurers/creators $25,000 through the Holman Prize.  The Holman Prize enables these winners to make their dreams become...
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Want more educational apps that are accessible? Blindfold Games

Blindfold Games are auditory-based games specifically created for students and adults who are visually impaired or blind. Many of these games are accessible, auditory versions of popular mainstream...
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New VoiceOver Gestures with the iPhone X

The iPhone X is now available - without the Home button.  So how do you perform the actions that used to be done with the Home button? Side button replacing Home button commands Unlock Phone:...
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New Features for the iPhone X

The highly anticipated iPhone X is now available. What makes this phone unique? First, let's take a look at the physical design. The iPhone X screen encompasses the entire screen creating a sleeker...
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What's New with VoiceOver in iOS 11

iOS 11 have a number of new VoiceOver features that are well described and demonstrated in the video below.  Using a braille display? New braille display features are listed at the end of the video....
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BrailleBlaster: Free braille transcription software

The American Printing House for the Blind has been making educational materials more accessible for almost as long as braille has existed. And now we’re transforming access as dramatically as braille...
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How to Fix Magnifier issues after Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

Are you experiencing jerky movements or jumping around the screen when using Magnifier with the Windows 10 update? The Windows 10 Fall Creators update has two Magnifier bugs that are easily resolved...
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Firefox update not compatible with JAWS - yet

On Nov. 14, 2017, Mozilla is expected to release Firefox Quantum (Firefox 57). This update brings faster and significantly better performance; however, this first version of Firefox Quantum will NOT...
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Navigating Facebook with a Screen Reader

Facebook is a popular, free social networking website that allows registered users to create profiles, upload photos and videos, send messages and keep in touch with friends, family and colleagues....
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iPad app and traditional tactile graphics: Animal Watch VI

Do you have a student who is doing math at the 5th to 7th grade level who can benefit from systematic instruction in using graphics to gather information to solve math problems?  As a TVI, are you...
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WebAim Screen Reader User Survey #7

WebAim - Web Accessibility In Mind - is a leading organization in assisting groups to create or retroffit their website to be accessible for everyone. WebAim has conducted 6 screen reader user...
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Windows 10 JAWS Text Tutorial: Notification Area and Action Center

This is a text tutorial, provided freely by The W-10 and Jaws group, anyone may freely share this file. Author: Jim Flusche This text file is updated to the W-10 Creators update. Press Windows key+...
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What's new in iOS 11 Accessibility

There are numerous accessibility features in iOS 11 that have rarely been discussed. Scott Davert, blogger for AppleVis, thoroughly examines iOS 11 accessibility features and improvements and shares...
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Windows 10 version 1709 update for screen readers

On October 17, 2017, Windows 10 Fall Creator's Edition, version 1709 will be rolled out. This is a major update with new features and refines the user interface. There will be updates to Narrator as...
Question: What does 21st Century Education look like?

21 Century Teachers

Texas Education Agency created this thought-provoking video about the skills that our students need and how teachers face challenges teaching skills in a manner that is appropriate for the 21st...
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 Zottoli. Goals Learn how to create and...

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