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It's My Job! Podcast #22: Ms. Robin Tueting

Welcome to episode number twentieth second of the It’s My Job podcast. In this episode of It's My Job, Carl, a student from Colorado, interviews Ms. Robin...
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Gaming is for Everyone!

Did you know that gaming devices such as Xbox, Playstation and Nintendo Switch have accessibility features?  Yupp- they do… So low vision students can play too...
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Coding and STEM: Robot Obstacle Challenges 2 (Hurricane Dorian)

This challenge follows the first Robot Obstacle Challenge post, Coding and STEM: Robot Obstacle Challenge 1.As educators, we know that our students are most...
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Coding and STEM: Robot Obstacle Challenges 1

21 century classrooms encourage students to “think”. Instead of regurgitating a series of facts, students are asked to apply the facts learned to analyze why...
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Picture in a Flash: A Tactile Image is Worth a Thousand Words

NOTE: For more ways of creating tactile graphics, please see the article Creating Tactile Graphics With Firebird Software. As I was going through school to...
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3D Printed Teaching Models

3D printing is a natural way to develop tactile models. We’ve taught a lot of people how to use 3D printers, and we have developed several books of 3D...
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Alexa Blueprints: The Easy Way to Make Your Own Skills

Alexa seems like it (or she) has become a part of our culture.  As more and more homes are subscribing to WiFi services, smart speakers such as Google Home and...
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Trivia Educational Games on Alexa and Google Assistant

Free trivia games are available through Amazon's Alexa or Google Assistant. Once the game is initially enabled through the link below, simply ask Alexa or...
BrailleBuzz, a black & yellow bee shaped toy for braille readers with honeycomb shaped braille letter keys & Perkins keyboard.

TVI and Kindergartener's Review of the Braille Buzz

When I arrived at school after winter break, I was excited to obtain the BrailleBuzz for my kindergarten student. According to the APH website, “BrailleBuzz is...
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Airaport - How I Use Aira at the Airport

Back in March, I had the opportunity to go on my first ever flight, from Washington, DC to San Diego. I had to make the trip through the airport and onto my...
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Orbit Reader 20: Editing Basics

In the first article in this series, we introduced the layout of the Orbit Reader and proceeded into the basic menu structure.  In the second article, we...
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Exploring the Juliet 120: Braille Layout Settings

Editor's Note: The Juliet 120 is now available through Humanware here. In part one of this series, we focused on getting started with The Juliet 120 from...
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My technology iBook

It’s hard to believe summer vacation is over and it’s time to go back to school. One of the many ways we can support our students with visual impairments to...
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Exploring the Juliet 120: Menus, Settings and Options

In part one of this series, we focused on getting started with The Juliet 120 from Humanware  (originally from Enabling Technologies) with a focus on...
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3D Printer Resources

Neal McKenzie is an AT specialist who works with students with visual impairments and blindness. Neal is passionate about 3D printing and has created a list of...
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Exploring the Juliet 120: Getting Started and an Introduction to DirectBraille

There is usually one in every school.  Or maybe just on everyone’s caseload. The lone blind kid who is super high functioning and keeps up with his or her...
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Completing a Science Research Project using Text to Speech and Magnification

When assistive technology is integrated into the regular education classroom, students with low vision can access print materials to complete science projects...
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Fast Facts about Audio Description

Whenever I go somewhere that features a lot of visual information, I always look to see if there are audio description services available so that I can get...
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Introduction to 7 common Adaptive Switches

An adaptive switch enables a person who is physically challenged to activate assistive technology devices in their environment. There are a variety of...
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Amazon Fire TV Stick: An Accessibility Review

Summer’s coming...or maybe for you it’s already here.  As for me, we have one more week of school left. And let me tell you, when that week is over, I’ll be...
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Bristol Braille Canute: Multi-line Refreshable Braille

Over the past five years, Bristol Braille Technology has been developing the Canute, the world’s first multi-line Braille e-reader. It has been a long and...
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How Amazon Alexa Can Help You with Art

I have had my Amazon Echo Dot for over a year now (read my initial review of the Amazon Echo Dot here), and I am always surprised at how much that the Alexa...
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Screen Rotation for APH MATT Connect / Humanware Connect 12

If you're a TVI like me and follow the American Printing House for the Blind's (APH) every move for news on new developments and offerings for software and...
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Talking Wand

The world is filled with written word. I discovered this awesome tool to help my students bring words to voice with the touch of a wand. The wand is used to...
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Feelif Creator: Review

Feelif Creator is an adapted tablet (currently a Samsung Galazy Tablet) with special accessible apps that combine haptics (vibrations), sounds, an embossed...
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2C3D: A Tactile Camera

This innovative camera instantly displays the image as a 3D tactile image using small push up pins inspired by 'Pin Toy". The original Pin Toy art, patented in...
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How To Make Things on the Board Easier to See

With the exception of maybe three classes, all of my professors have relied on using the whiteboard or projector when teaching in the classroom. As a student...
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BrailleBlox: An Electronic Emerging Braille Game

Electronic alphabet toys have been around for decades for students with vision. LeapFrog Fridge Phonics is a sing along magnetic letter set that introduces...
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Practical Experiences with 3D Printing

Are you thinking about purchasing a 3D printer? Sue O'Brien, TSBVI's Tactile Graphics Guru shares her thoughts and experiences with 3D printers: We have a...
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Flip phones for the Visually impaired are still relevant!

Update: The TracFone ZTE Cymbal LTE is no longer available. In a world of Smart devices, one can really become overwhelmed with so many options and learning...
Onyx and MagniLink Zip video magnifiers side-by-side on a table

Choosing the Appropriate Video Magnifier

Video magnifiers (also called CCTVs- Closed Circuit Televisions) can be helpful for many students with visual impairments.  The variety of video magnifiers can...
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How Amazon Alexa Can Help You Sleep

I’ve had a lot of trouble falling asleep lately, and have been trying many things to help me fall asleep faster. For the last few nights, I have been trying...
Two braille Devices, BrailleSense Polaris and Actilino.

An overview of Braille Devices

Introduction Whether you are a blind user searching for the refreshable braille device that best meets your needs, a parent looking for a device for your...
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Feelif Memory Game

What is more beautiful than watching children joyfully play with each other? These are also the moments when parents have some time for themselves and for each...
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The Numbers Hunt: iBook about Using a Monocular

Quinn, an elementary student with low vision, goes on a fun Numbers Hunt. This exciting O&M lesson included using a monocular to read house addresses along...
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Choosing Technology Part 3: Printer

Welcome to my new series on choosing technology, where I will be sharing my tips on purchasing devices, with a special concentration on students with low...
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...
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ScanMarker Air for Print Disabilities

During my sophomore year of high school, teachers constantly were forgetting to enlarge my assignments (a little more on that here), leaving me to figure out...
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What's in My Bag - High School Edition

It wasn't until high school that I heavily started using technology in the classroom. I'm glad I did have the opportunity to learn about technology though, as...
MATT-12 video magnifier: combination of an Android tablet in a stand with an external camera connected to the stand.

Smart Developments in Video Magnification Technology

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a blog post talking about developments in braille technology that were making the devices “smarter” and more capable of common...

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