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Ocean Animal Sounds Book and Activities

Heading to the beach for a summer vacation? Summer is the perfect time to build concepts about ocean animals and things that you might find at the beach....
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When Print is too Small: Choosing a Video Magnifier

When the Print is Too Small: Considerations and Options for Choosing an Appropriate Video Magnifier. Introduction When video magnifiers (then called CCTVs)...
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Frog Activities

Summer evenings are full of nature sounds! Can you identify the kind of frog by its sound? Each page of this fun emerging reader book has one clear frog image...
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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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Summer Journals and Experience Books: Horseback Riding

There is a special bond between little girls and horses: being astride a large gentle animal, swaying rhythmically from side to side, hearing the clomp-clomp...
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Bird Song Book and Bird-Related Activities

Summer evenings are here, bringing warm temperatures and all kinds of birds and calming bird songs. Can you identify the type of bird that sings these songs?...
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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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Summer Reading with Bookshare: Smart Speakers and Human-Narrated Audiobooks

Summer is full of hot lazy days perfect for sitting with your toes in the sand and fingers on a book! Bookshare is an absolute must for summer reading - TVIs,...
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Auditory Speed Reading: From a TSVI's Perspective

Auditory Speed Reading (ASR) is a game-changing method for teaching students who are visually impaired. All are encouraged to take the time to watch this video...
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Teaching Styles: Creativity, Written Expression & Collaboration

I was recently asked to be a guest lecturer for a university course at MIT and was amazed at how seamlessly the 3-hour class flowed between lecture and...
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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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CosmoBally on Sonoplanet: Intro to Sonification App!

10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 Blast Off! Astronaut CosmoBally has discovered Sonoplanet, a planet full of sounds to be explored! This fully accessible free app...
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Join the Fun on "Drop Everything and Read" Day

Bookshare supports D.E.A.R. Day – a national celebration of reading on April 12 to remind families to make reading a priority activity in their lives. Want to...
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Braille Alphabet Songs with Jack Hartmann

Update: The Braille Numbers song has been added! Everyone knows the ABC song, but have you heard Jack Hartmann's Braille Alphabet song?  Preschoolers learn...
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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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Supporting Young Braille Readers in Developing Graphics Literacy Survey

**Update 3/23/22** Editor's Note: Calling all TSVIs working with preschool and elementary education students who are/will be braille readers! Tina and Penny...
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Learning braille? Check out these braille songs!

Updated 03/22 with more Braille songs! Some students, including students who are learning braille after using print, may lack motivation to learn braille....
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Speak Screen

Editor's Note: Speak Screen is an excellent accessibility feature for users with low vision, tired eyes, when in dim light, or simply when you want to have...
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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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Eggs-citing Tactile Graphic Activities!

Spring is just around the corner! Daffodils are blooming, grass is turning green, leaves are budding, and birds are building nests. Activities for younger...
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AT Technology Skills Scope and Sequence: Tech Lessons 2

These blog links support the AT Technology Skills Scope and Sequence Chart for K-5 students using an iPad with VoiceOver. The AT Technology Skills Scope and...
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Project INSPIRE: Mission Inspire

At Project INSPIRE we are excited to announce an activity for U.S. braille readers who are 11-15 years of age. We’re calling this free program Mission INSPIRE...
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Tech Skills: JAWS Commands Checklist

In recent discussions with college transition programs for students who are visually impaired, across the board, the main issue is the need for stronger and...
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Wordle Part 2: Classroom Activities

Wordle, the word puzzle game, has taken off and educators are jumping on the Wordle train! (For more information about Wordle, see Wordle: 5 letter guessing...
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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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Student's Tactile Preferences for PIAF/Swell Machine Graphics

After the numerous Paths to Technology posts about Creating Tactile Graphics Images series, the practical blogs with activities (each with accompanying free...
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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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GoTap Braille: An iPad App with the Framework for Teaching Braille

Although current data suggests that less than 10% of students with blindness or significant visual impairment read braille, those of us in the field know how...
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AT Technology Skills Scope and Sequence: Tech Lessons 1

Tech Lessons: Basic Operations (Diane Brauner January 2022) These blog links support the AT Technology Skills Scope and Sequence Chart for K-5 students 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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Holiday and Winter Books from Bookshare

Cozy up with your favorite books during the holidays - or discover new ones - to make your days merry and bright! Bookshare has made a list of treasured...
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The Grinch and Max: Emerging Reader Digital Book

This digital book was written for Addy because she loves the Dr. Seuss book The Grinch. Last year, I hand brailled a copy of The Grinch for her and added...
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iOS Tech Goals for Early Learners: IEP Goals

The following IEP goals were written by a TVI and CATIS working with a preschooler who is learning to use an iPad. The goals were written after taking the ABCs...
Preschooler in dance clothes running with her cane to dance class. Text: "I have my cane when I go to dance."

My Cane: A Preschooler's Book

This preschooler loves her cane and she uses her cane every where she goes! Addyson's cane - which she calls "Grapes" - goes to school, on the playground, to...
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Elf Activities: Image Descriptions

Our mischievous elves are back! What is your little imp up to? The classic "Elf on a Shelf" is a prankster little elf who helps children behave as he observes...
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Note Taking: Polar Bear Video

Effective note taking helps students to remember information and aids in his/her understanding of that information. Once created, notes act as a record of the...
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Turkey vs. Bald Eagle: Debate Writing (and Note Taking)

Have you ever wondered why the bald eagle was chosen as the national emblem of the United States of America? What makes the bald eagle so special? Bald Eagle...
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Season-Themed Summary Post

Educators are always searching for ways to make lessons fresh and exciting. Embedding seasonal activities provides creative learning opportunities while...
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Turkey Activities: Front and Side View Tactile Graphics

Gobble, Gobble! What turkey-related activities are you planning this November? Turkey Coloring Graphics As always, introduce a realistic (3 dimensional)...
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Building World Concepts 2: Cruise Ship

In the first Building World Concepts post, first grade Logan examines a tactile graphic of a bus and then then follows his grandma and Noni's travels through...

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