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Ways to Read Webpages Without a Traditional Screen Reader

As a person with low vision, I personally prefer to read text in large print whenever possible. However, there are times when I am unable to read text due to...
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How to Create Accessible Non-Visual Digital Maps of Countries

This document contains best practices for creating general reference maps of countries using Google My Maps so people with visual impairments or blindness can...
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What if I can't see the Screen: Accessing a Computer

What if I can’t see the Screen?  Considerations and Options for Accessing a Computer with Low Vision  Introduction: There is nothing more frustrating for a...
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Speech Central App

Updated 6/3/22 by developer Ivan Icin There have been several very significant developments since the original post, some of them particularly affect the...
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How BLV Users Can Create Digital Accessible Maps

There is quite a buzz about the SAS Graphics Accelerator, a free Chrome Extension that enables blind and low vision users to access digital charts, graphs and...
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Mantis Q40 Video Tutorials

The Mantis Q40 is a unique 40-cell braille display that has a QWERTY keyboard for input and a refreshable braille display for output. There is a 6-key entry...
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Students: How to PRESENT a Presentation

After creating the slide show, the next logical step for students is to present the content of their slide show in front of the class. When delivering slide...
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Perkins Career Launch Virtual Business Tech Bootcamps

High school graduates need strong technology skills to be successful in professional settings. Do you know a high school graduate who would benefit from a...
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May Flowers: Presentation and Potpourri Activities

"Spring is in the Air" and "April showers bring May flowers" are phrases that we associate with spring and new beginnings. May is the month for chirping baby...
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Voice Dream Reader for Mac

Voice Dream Reader enables users to listen to any document and ebook using text-to-speech. A versatile reading tool for iOS and Android has features a variety...
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Peep and the Big Wide World: Diagram Center's Accessibility Project

Peep and the Big Wide World is popular animated children's television series that revolves around the lives of Peep, Chirp and Quack. These whimsical...
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Add and Pass Activity: Google Docs Collaboration

My family has many road trip traditions such as "I spy with my little eyes" or "I hear with my little ears", trying to get the trucker to honk his horn,...
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Mother's Day Activity: Presentation Tech Activity with Self-Advocacy Skills

Looking for a Mother’s Day activity to do with students? Create a heart-warming Mother's Day keepsake for the 21st century mom! Support tech skills and...
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PhET Accessible Simulations: Physics and More!

PhET is a suite of research-based interactive computer simulations for teaching and learning physics, chemistry, math and other sciences. "PhET" was originally...
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Adding Alt Text to an Image in Word for Office 365

Alt Text description of book on the post's featured image: "Microsoft Word document displaying the image of the book cover Frank and Beanswith an alt text pane...
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Egg Idioms: Tech Activities

An idiom is a word or phrase which means something different from its literal meaning. Do you know what these idioms mean? He's as cool as a cucumber...
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Google Docs Table Activity: Warm/Cold-Blooded Animals

Preschoolers learn to group items into categories, starting with activities that group by color, shape or size. The content of what is being categorized...
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Bookshare Reader Suite

Benetech, the parent company of Bookshare, unveils a new suite of free reading software for school, work and leisure that breaks down barriers for people with...
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Maps of Russia-Ukraine Conflict

The news is full of the Russia-Ukraine crisis; history is in the making and many classrooms are discussing the current events. What should students know? First...
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Accessible, Interactive Math with Desmos

During recent discussions about what accessible math tools students are using, Desmos is always one of the first tools mentioned. Desmos, a graphing calculator...
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Accessible Periodic Table Options

"Anyone know of good accessible periodic tables, other than the APH one or the audio tactile from Touch Graphics? I have used both, but wondering if there's...
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Imagination Videobooks

All students should be able to fully experience the magic of illustrated books!  Imagination Videobooks creates and publishes animated videobooks and...
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Wordle: 5 letter guessing game

Wordle is a free online puzzle game where players try to guess a valid five-letter word in six tries or less. Wordle can be played on a computer or mobile...
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Snow Globe Shake-Up: Tech Skills (cut and paste)

Snow globe shake up! Just like the snow globe in the story, the Snow Globe Family, your story has been through a snowstorm - and the story plot has been blown...
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Browsing the Web: Video Tutorials

As an educator with vision, I have often struggled to learn the basics of various devices and accessibility features. Before I can introduce a student to...
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Dark Reader Extension

Struggling with the brightness or glare when using Google Docs or other websites? During the pandemic school closures, students are spending more time using...
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Winter Puns: Comprehension Activity

When reading, some students breeze over the words without truly understanding the meaning - missing many of the humorous lines that are weaved into the story....
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Live Text Feature: Picking Text out of an Image

Live Text has been added to macOS Monterey and iOS 15! This means that if you take a photo or screen shot, you can now select the text and have it read aloud....
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Braille Boom Cards: Braille Learning Series 4

TVI Jeanette Norman has created and shared free cane and braille-related Boom Decks for students with low vision. Her latest Boom Card Deck shares three...
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Emerging Reader Books: Instruments and Drums

Drum roll . . . can you recognize the different types of drums and instruments in these simple emerging reader books? Created for students with low vision,...
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Pumpkin Life Cycle Lesson: Presentation (Powerpoint)

Young students are embedding technology skills into daily classroom activities. Use these pumpkin-themed activities to reinforce concepts, reading/writing...
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Monster: Note Taking Skills

Note taking is an important digital skill for students to learn. Young students, including students who are blind or visually impaired, should be given age-...
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Spider Activities

Temperatures are dropping, leaves are turning colors, school has started and classrooms are diving into fall themed activities! Here are some creepy crawling...
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Challenge Solutions: Canvas on a Mac with VoiceOver

Macy, a recent high school graduate, shares how she uses Canvas with Mac running VoiceOver to access her AP Biology class. Canvas is a web-based learning...
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Digitally Accessible Math Worksheets

Many math worksheets are not accessible to people who use screen readers. The worksheets found below are accessible to people who use screen readers too. ...
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General Guidelines for Creating Non-Visual Maps of K12 Schools, Camps and Parks

Update: 8/24/21 This Eagle Scouts group has created 20+ K12 schools, local parks and scout camps maps! View these maps in Map Library! My name is Shepard...
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Microsoft Immersive Reader Update

What is Immersive Reader? Immersive Reader is a free tool that implements proven technique to improve reading and writing for people, regardless of their age...
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Day One: An Accessible Journaling App

Back to school is the perfect time to introduce new activities. Journaling is a daily activity that has tremendous educational benefits. We often think about...
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Envision #1: Create and Organize Class Folders

Fall semester is approaching quickly! Keeping folders, documents and that comes with college and university can be a headache for sighted people, let alone for...
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Creating Non-Visual Digital Maps of Metropolitan Areas

Updated August 4th with 40+ Metro Maps in the Paths to Technology Map Library! A huge thank you to the SAS 2021 Summer Interns who have created 40+ metro...

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