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Meet Liam: A video story of a 7-year-old who is deafblind

By Charlotte Cushman
Video stories about 7-year-old boy who is deafblind and fully included in second grade.
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Tools for Teaching Math

By Tara Mason
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Ballyland Rotor App

By Charlotte Cushman
This app is designed to teach children who are blind or low vision the gestures for the rotor in VoiceOver.
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Braille Music Notator

By Sharon@TSBVI
Braille Music Notator is an online tool for creating braille music scores.
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Introducing a Braille Display to a Child Who Is Deafblind

By Liamsmom
A parent of a boy who is deafblind describes her son's refreshable braille display and her hopes for the doors that will open to him through assistive technology.
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Tactile Vision Graphics

By Charlotte Cushman
Find tactile graphics for educational and personal use, including braille coloring books, braille biology tactile diagrams, and materials to promote braille literacy.
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Children's Book with Characters Who Are Visually Impaired

By Charlotte Cushman
This picture book about toys with visual impairments is a great resource for teachers and families to help children understand about vision loss.
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Just Books Read Aloud

By Charlotte Cushman
Free website with videos of books being read aloud.
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Webcast: Strategies for Assessing and Teaching Students with Visual and Multiple Disabilities

By Charlotte Cushman
This video examines how learners at the sensorimotor level acquire information and progress through the learning stages.
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Book Review: A Blind Guide to Stinkville

By Kathi Garza
A TVI with albinism reviews a young adult novel about a 12-year-old girl growing up with albinism.
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OverTHERE Free App

By Charlotte Cushman
This free iPhone app provides increased accessibility to the environment and is a helpful orientation and mobility tool, which assists with independent travel
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A Must-Read Section on Teaching Braille!

By John Chester
A 5-part series on teaching braille and promoting braille literacy
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Learn Tech Assistive Technology Videos from AFB

By Charlotte Cushman
Free online training for individuals who are blind or visually impaired to learn to use assistive technology tools, such as NVDA screenreader and Google Drive and Google Docs
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Draw2Measure Protractor App

By Charlotte Cushman
Free accessible app to measure angles on an iPad or iPhone. Great math tool for students who are blind or low vision!
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Sources of Free Braille Books

By Charlotte Cushman
Wondering where you can get free braille books? Check out this listing of sources of free braille books in the United States and Canada for children who are blind or visually impaired.
Sit with Us app

Sit with Us App

By Charlotte Cushman
Free app to help students find lunch buddies
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Fall CVI School Checklist

By Ellen Cadigan Mazel
Tips for teachers working with children with CVI
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Creating Accessible Maps

By Charlotte Cushman
Resources to create accessible maps, including tactile maps and auditory maps for people who are blind or partially sighted
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By Charlotte Cushman
Braille and large print books for young children available for purchase through Access2Books
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NOAH SchoolKit for Students with Albinism

By Charlotte Cushman
Educational tips and resources for teaching students with albinism.