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Dell Computer and JAWS Bug

Freedom Scientific Technical Support shares about this bug and a work-around solution. Short Description On Dell computers, Windows becomes sluggish, Virtual...
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iOS 15.3.1 Update: Fix for Braille Displays

According to Apple, the "iOS 15.3.1 update provides important security updates for your iPhone and fixes an issue that may cause Braille displays to stop...
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iOS 15.3 Bug: Underscore

iOS 15.3 was recently released with the main goal of fixing security issues. However, for some - but not all - VoiceOver users, 15.3 has created a new issue....
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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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JAWS Update: Sound Splitter

How can students/adults use listen to Zoom audio while listening to JAWS? This new JAWS feature, Sound Splitter, enables users to route all JAWS or Fushion...
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iOS 15 Siri Bugs

The iOS 15 Siri update has created some bugs for VoiceOver users when using Siri commands. Many VoiceOver users use Siri to quickly open and interact with apps...
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iOS 15: Haptic Feedback

Haptic feedback is the tap or quick vibration you feel when interacting with different elements of your iPhone. Apple is researching how to make swiping across...
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iOS 15: Split View with VoiceOver

Hi! My name is Tyler Sheft. Today, I would like to show you how much easier using Split View with VoiceOver can be on iPadOS 15 and later. Split View is aimed...
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iOS 15 Update: Move Safari Address Bar to Top of Page

Do you prefer that your Safari address bar is at the top of the page? In iOS 15, the address bar was moved to the bottom of the screen; however, there is a way...
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Google Docs Accessibility Upgrade!

Classrooms often use inline suggestions when participating in group assignments that require sharing a Google Document. In addition, teachers frequently make...
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iOS 15 Dictation Update

Added in iOS 14, "On-Device Dictation" enables the user to dictate "on the device" meaning that the processing of voice dictation is no longer on the cloud but...
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Braille Blaster 2.0 Update

APH's free braille translation program has received a significant update! Braille Blaster now has 6-key entry mode rather than a dialog. Also improvements with...
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Braille Math Editor: JAWS and Fusion

The recent JAWS and Fusion update includes support for reading math equations. The following is from Freedom Scientific's website: Braille Math Editor JAWS...
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BrailleSense 6 Overview: Video Tutorial

This faster and more robust BrailleSense has 32 braille cell with cursor routers and Android 10 operating system. This is an excellent video tutorial by Jenny...
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Braille Display and iOS 14.4 bug

If you or your student uses a braille display with an iOS device, do NOT update to iOS 14.4!  Currently, there is a bug with iOS 14.4 that is causing users to...
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Connection Issues with Mantis Q40 and Chameleon 20

APH shared the following information: We have identified connection issues for the Mantis Q40 and Chameleon 20 after upgrading to iOS 14.4. We recommend that...
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JAWS 2021 Math Support Update

A new feature in JAWS 2021 is the native ability to read math content in Word documents. Below is what Freedom Scientfic writes: JAWS and Fusion now supports...
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iOS 14: Screen Recognition

What if . . . everything on the screen was labeled correctly for VoiceOver? What if every button, icon, image and element is accessible? iOS 14 incorporates on...
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Missing Accelerate Button: Non-Visual Digital Maps

Recently some SAS Graphics Accelerator users have lost the Accelerate Button on their Google map. (The Accelerate button is used to convert the Google map into...
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iOS 14 and Phone Calls

Issue Are you having trouble answering your phone with the iOS 14 update? Several people have asked about an 'issue' related to not being able to answer a...
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NVDA Zoom Accessibility Add-On

Zoom meetings are a way of life during these days of social distancing. A recent  add-on called Zoom Enhancemants for NVDA, provides keyboard shortcuts to...
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Google Accessibility Improvements

Google's software update included accessibility improvements! New Shortcut command that instantly toggles Braille Support in Docs, Sheets and Slides...
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Ballyland Magic Plus App: VoiceOver Gestures

The Ballyland Magic app has been a favorite app for introducing VoiceOver gestures to young children. This enchanting app sets the stage for physically...
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SAS Graphics Accelerator: Maps Software Update

Creating and opening non-visual digital maps has never been easier! The June 22, 2020 user-friendly update has streamlined the process of creating maps and...
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BrailleSense Polaris: April 2020 Firmware Upgrade

This month, HIMS released the BrailleSense Polaris firmware upgrade. Since my students use Google Drive to access and share files, they were highly...
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Word Melodies: Emerging Reading and Writing App

Update: 4/8/20 Word Melodies version 1.0.1 is now available in Google Play as well as in the App Store. This new release fixed the bugs mentioned below. I am...
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New ChromeVox OS

ChromeVox is the native screen reader for Chromebooks. The recent Chrome OS update has revamped ChromeVox to incorporate significant changes for Chromebook...
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Book Creator Accessibility Updates

Book Creator is a simple tool that educators, family members, and students frequently use to create fun digital books. Book Creator's latest update included...
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Changing VoiceOver Commands in iOS 13

Here is a clear and comprehensive explanation of a new VoiceOver feature in iOS 13: remapping VoiceOver gestures. Do you have a command that you struggle...
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New Internet Keyboard Commands for iPad OS

Individual apps often offer their own keyboard shortcut commands. To find the available shortcuts, while in the app press and hold the Command key - a popup...
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Copy and Paste Text iOS and iPadOS

iPadOS and iOS 13 have added these helpful editing gestures - perfect for students with low vision. Note: These gestures are mainstream gestures, not VoiceOver...
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BrailleBlaster: Free braille transcription software

Post Updated 9/26/19 APH states that BrailleBlaster version 1.1.23 "Document types that are supported by Pandoc and include LaTeX can convert that LaTeX into...
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APH Accessible Crossword Puzzle App Review

Update 9/4/2019 APH recently updated their APH Crossword  web-browser game. There are several noteable updates, including: Letters are larger -  match the...
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Seeing AI App: Explore Pictures Feature

The recent update for Seeing AI, a free Microsoft app, has added a fun new feature: Explore Photos by Touch. This feature enables users to drag a finger around...
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BrailleNote Touch Plus: An Update

Just last month, I was weighing whether or not to purchase a BrailleNote Touch or a BrailleSense Polaris, two competing braille notetakers that both have...
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Large Cursor in Windows 10

Hi! My name is Tyler Sheft. Today I would like to tell you about what might just be one of the BIGGEST accessibility updates Microsoft has made to Windows in...
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iOS 12.1 Misspelled Words

Misspelled words is an iOS feature that alerts users to - you guessed it - misspelled words! A word that is misspelled will visually have a dotted red line...
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iOS 12 Home Screen VoiceOver Changes

Take advantage of software updates and changes - encourage your student to explore his/her iPad and find changes. When appropriate, encourage your student to...
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Typeability again!

Typeability Although our revered blogmaster, Diane Brauner, posted an excellent review and information about the keyboarding program Typeability typing and...
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iPad Split View and VoiceOver: Research and Homework Tool

In the 21st Century classroom, students are frequently required to do research via Internet searches. Students often research and then they copy/paste their...

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