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FitBit Exercise Tracker - Accessibility and Usability Part 1

I had a FitBit a few years ago until the band broke and I lost it (I swear it’s in my house somewhere...bet I’ll find it in five years somewhere stupid).  After about a year, it was clear the thing...

How Do People with Low Vision use the Bus System?

Like a lot of students, I didn't bring a car with me to college.  Unlike a lot of students, I didn't bring a car because I have low vision and use a blindness cane to travel around.  Needless to say...

Digital Transitions #3: Editing Tech Skills & Activities

It is close to the end of the school year, which means test taking time.   Many students who are visually impaired or blind were given online, adaptive assessments; for many students, this year (2015...
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Free Tactile Art Kit

The American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults is providing free tactile art kits for blind and low vision students between the ages of 2 -8 years old.  These free kits are designed to...
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brailleSCHOOL: Program for Parents

Learn braille like never before! So what's brailleSCHOOL you ask? brailleSCHOOL is an interactive, 10-week virtual program where parents will learn everything you need to know about braille to...

Microsoft Office Specialist Certification and Low Vision

I had the opportunity to take a class my junior and senior years of high school that allowed students to test for Microsoft Office certifications. These certifications, which are internationally...

Using VoiceOver with Book Creator: A Blind Student's Experience

As a part of one of my secondary student's summer school assignment, one of she created the first half of an iBook about her community mobility based field trip to the local coffees shop using the...

Virtual Classes in High School

At both high schools I attended, teachers often took a pencil-and-paper approach to learning. It was common for teachers to have students complete paper worksheets, take handwritten notes, and read...

Ten Things That Surprised Me About College

Before I left for college, my mom was talking with someone, expressing how worried she was about my transition to college, since getting my accommodations in high school was so frustrating. This...

Seeing AI iOS App: Recognizing People, Objects and Scenes

Microsoft has just released the FREE Seeing AI iOS app.  This amazing AI - Artificial Intelligence - app narrates the world for users with visual impairements and blindness by describing people,...

All of the Technology in My Dorm Room

I spend almost my entire day using some type of technology. It's very rare to see me without at least two of my devices, and when working in my room, I'm often using three or more at once.  While I...
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The Ruby

The Ruby is a handheld video magnifier that helps me to see things clearer. Here are some different options the device can offer:. You can choose the enlargement. You can take pictures with it...
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BlindSquare--Liberating Blind People from a Square of Restriction

If a person is blind, it costs only $39.99 to buy his freedom! This liberation that will allow someone to travel many new places is in the form of an application named BlindSquare, manufactured by...
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Detectible Warnings/Truncated Domes: Patterns

"Detectible Warning" surfaces are found underfoot at major intersections, crosswalks, and transportation platforms across the United States.  'Truncated Domes' are the most common type and are...

Why I Brought a Desktop Computer to College

As a student with low vision and chronic illness, my college experience has been very unique. I have learned to rely a lot on technology for my success, and having a desktop computer in my apartment...
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Braille Sense U2

This blog will tell you what I think are the best features of the Braille Sense U2. This device can be complicated at first. My model has a 32 cell braille display. The battery lasts for 17 hours...

15 Addresses to Memorize in College

Recently, a sighted friend at my college asked me how I was able to navigate campus with a blindness cane better than they could without one. I have gotten lost several times on campus, but I have...

How Do People with Low Vision Deal with Injuries?

It all happened in the blink of an eye.  I was getting off the bus for a band performance, and didn't notice there was a pothole right in front of the bus door.  The chaperone told me that I shouldn'...

TextGrabber: Is the Update Worth Grabbing?

On June 23rd, TextGrabber by ABBYY was updated with some new features as well as bug fixes.  As an app promotion, it was free for a limited time, but is now available for $0.99, which almost makes...

Smart Developments in Braille Technology

For quite a while, assistive technology devices produced for students with visual impairments and blindness have tended to be dedicated devices.  That is, they have been designed to meet a narrow,...

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