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Accessible Crossword Puzzle App

These crossword puzzles are accessible to students who are blind or visually impaired, using a screen reader or Voice Over. The content corresponds to all areas of the standard general curriculum for grades 5-12.
Tactile Talk Toolkit

TactileTalk Toolkit and Guidebook for iPad

TactileTalk Toolkit and Guidebook for iPad are designed to promote communication and literacy for students who are blind or visually impaired with additional disabilities using an iPad with a tactile overlay and tangible symbols with voice output
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Using Book Creator To Make Engaging Literacy Materials

The Book Creator app can be used to make literacy materials more engaging for students with visual impairments and additional disabilities.
Ballyland 2: Give Rotor app icon

Accessible Ballyland Coding App

Accessible Ballyland Coding App is designed to teach computational thinking and coding to young students who are blind or visually impaired.
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Durable Braille Flashcards

These durable braille flashcards can be made on blank playing cards, which are available online from Amazon.
Covers of Dr. Seuss books with braille and tactile graphics

Using iPad and Stylus and Mac to Create Tactile Graphics

Find out how to use an iPad, Stylus, and Mac to create tactile graphics for National Read Across America Day!
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BBC Scotland Documentary: Not In Plain Sight

This documentary from BBC Scotland explores cerebral visual impairment (CVI), with interviews with people affected by it, as well as an ophthalmologist and Prof. Gordon Dutton.
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Resources on Cerebral Visual Impairment

A list of links to online resources on cerebral visual impairment
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Star Coin Project: Making Astronomy Accessible

Astronomy can be more accessible through 3D printing of constellations for students who are blind, visually impaired or deafblind.
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Dr. Christine Roman-Lantzy: CVI and the iPad

In this YouTube video, Dr. Christine Roman-Lantzy speaks about the power of using an iPad or other backlit device with a child or student with CVI.
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Word Bubbling Tool for Teaching Students with CVI

This word bubbling tool helps to support and promote literacy with students with CVI (cortical visual impairment).
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Know Thyself and Others: ECC Lessons and Activities to Take You Through the Year

These lessons and activities for transition-aged students who are visually impaired or blind incorporate areas of the Expanded Core Curriculum, e.g. self-determination, daily living skills, writing, getting to know others with vision impairments.
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Digital Supplements to the TVI's Guide to Teaching the ECC

These digital downloads from Teaching Students with Visual Impairments are designed to supplement the TVI's Guide to Teaching the ECC (Expanded Core Curriculum) for students who are blind, visually impaired or deafblind.
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Lesson Ideas for Teaching Students to Use Seeing AI App

Lesson Ideas for Using Seeing AI App to familiarize students who are blind or visually impaired with the app, while also practicing academic skills.
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Resources for Teaching English as a Second Language to Learners with Blindness or Visual Impairment

These resources for teaching English as a second language (ESL) to English Language Learners (ELL) who are blind or visually impaired include general ideas, internet resources, and books.
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Salient Features Dictionary

The Salient Features Dictionary is based on the work of Dr. Christine Roman-Lantzy and can be used to help children with CVI (cortical visual impairment) to recognize distinctive information about something in order to be able to identify it.
Title page of "Animals for Children with CVI"

Animal Book for Children with CVI

This book of Animals for Children with CVI was created by the mother of a child with cortical visual impairment using simple drawings in red, yellow or white on a black background.
Illinois Braille Series

Braille Course for Adults Transitioning from Print to Braille

Braille Course for Adults Transitioning from Print to Braille is now available through American Printing House for the Blind (APH).
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Weather Book for Children with CVI

This Weather Book for Children with cortical visual impairment uses clear contrast and minimal visual clutter.
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Remove Image Background

Free online tool to remove the image background with people in the foreground

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