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Help Make Math Accessible in Microsoft Edge web browser - Your Vote Counts!

A few of us here in the DIAGRAM community have been hard at work coming up with the best way to get accessible math into EPUB and Microsoft’s new Edge web browser has the ability to open EPUBs. ...
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Before updating to iOS 11

OS 11 will be released on September 19 - here are some things you should know before you update!  As always, new features can also mean new bugs. For many who depend on their iOS devices for work,...
A family on a gondolla ride in Italy. Tell a story through the picture and slide show app Pictello.

Accessible iPad Apps: Eric Jerman

If you visit Apple.com and navigate to the section on iPad apps, you’ll land on a page that says “Over 140,000 apps for iPad;” its smaller cousin, the iPhone, hosts over 500,000 of these applications...
Screenshot of JAWS OCR making a PDF accessible.

JAWS 2018 and Expanded OCR

Freedom Scientific has expanded the optical character recognition (OCR) capabilitilities in JAWS 2018.  PDF files are often 'images' of the actual text, which typically means that they are not...
Screenshot of App Switcher in iOS 11: Dock at the bottom of the screen, new Control Center on right, and four opens apps

Instructions on how to use new features of iOS 11

You have heard the buzz about iOS 11 with the "new dock", "new Control Center", "multitasking", and "split View", but what are these things? Below is a quick video that explains these new features...
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Accessibility of iPhone X (Face ID and no Home button)

Each year, Apple showcases their new products at the World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) event.  During the 2017 WWDC, which is the 10th anniversary of the iPhone, Apple announced three new...
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You're the Missing Piece: O&M Puzzle

During the AER International 2017 O&M Conference, Orientation and Mobility Specialists (O&Ms) gathered around Gina Schmid's poster board session to create the 'You're the Missing Piece!'...
Screenshot from Google Classroom & JAWS introduction video with an animated instructor standing in front of a white board.

TSBVI's Google Classroom and JAWS Video Tutorials

TSBVI's Short-Term Programs offer technology courses to students through short-term classes and through distance learning classes. What about students who do not live in Texas?  No problem!  The...
Riley and two of her friends talking beside their lockers.

Riley's Transition to Middle School Video

Transitioning to a new school and tired of all those questions about blindness? Here is a fun way to educate teachers and peers! The goals for this video were to: Introduce Riley to students and...
BrailleSense Polaris

Intro to BrailleSense Polaris

In July 2017, HIMS released the BrailleSense Polaris, a modern braille notetaker that runs on the Android operating system and the Polaris Office Suite which is found on many smartphones. The Polaris...
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Microsoft Edge Accessibility with JAWS and NVDA

Microsoft Edge is a web browser developed by Microsoft.  Edge is included in Windows 10 and is replacing Internet Explorer as the default web browser on all Microsoft devices. Internet Explorer was...
Girl with glasses looking at a paper with large print sentences while brailling the sentences on a Perkins Braille Writer.

Seeking Participants for a Dual Media Study

Tina Herzberg (University of South Carolina Upstate) and L. Penny Rosenblum (University of Arizona) are conducting a small study to learn about the experiences of students who are dual media learners...
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Apple's Videos about iOS 11

In preparation for the upcoming release of iOS 11, Apple has created a series of videos introducing new iOS 11 features.   The Dock has new features including the ability to quickly access recenty...
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WhiteNote App: Music Application for Visually Impaired

Music scores are not readily available in an accessible format to students who are taking band and/or music classes. Often the band/music director will manually create recordings for students who are...
NV Access: Empowering lives through non-visual access to technology.

NVDA 2017.3 Updates

NVDA, a free screen reader for Microsoft Windows, has recently released their third update for 2017.  This update includes contracted Braille input, Windows 10 OCR for reading pictures with text,...
STEM Career Showcase for Students with Disabilities: Science, Technology, Engineering, Math

STEM Career Showcase 2017: For Students with Disabilities

Tuesday, Nov 14, 2017. 10:00 am - 2:00 pm. The STEM Career Showcase for Students with Disabilities is an annual educational event where attendees meet role models with disabilities who have thriving...
Man using a refreshable braille display.

Comparisoning devices that support braille displays

In the summer of 2017, the National Federation for the Blind reviewed and compared braille support for the following devices: Windows and JAWS Windows and NVDA Mac OSX with VoiceOver iOS...
5 Blitab tablets each displaying a braille screen; sharing screen, road map, Android Home, brain image & braille screen input.

Blitab: Android Tablet with 14 Row Braille Display

Blitab is an Android tablet combined with a smart Braille surface.  As an Android tablet, it has Wi-fi, Bluetooth and can run Android Apps. The upper portion of Blitab is a multi-line braille display...
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Field testing Practice2Master Fractions: an iOS app

Dear Teachers of Students with Visual Impairments: APH is seeking field evaluators for Practice2Master Fractions, an iOS app designed to help students practice fraction calculations. Among its many...
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Google Disability Support Team

Google has announced a new dedicated disability support team who can answer all your questions about accessibility features, general accessibility and more with Google products.  You can contact this...

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