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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.
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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.
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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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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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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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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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Free Apps Designed to Help People with Macular Degeneration Read

These two free apps were designed to help people with low vision due to macular degeneration read the news and eBooks on a tablet (iPad or Android).
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Getting Started with Dolphin Easy Reader App

Dolphin Easy Reader App is a free accessible reading app for downloading digital books for students who are blind or visually impaired. TVI Greg Gerhart says this is a must-have cost-effective app!
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Apps to Support Mobile Literacy

Apps to support mobile literacy for individuals who are blind or visually impaired, through accessing text and accessing environmental print
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Novel Effect App Adds Sound Effects

Just in time for Halloween, the free Novel Effect app adds sound effects, music, and character sounds that help to bring "The Littlest Pumpkin" to life for young children who are blind or visually impaired.
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Tutorial for the Focus 14: Writing an Email Message

A parent-created tutorial to send an email message with the Focus 14 refreshable braille display from Freedom Scientific
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Google Keep App: A Tool for Getting Organized

Google Keep is an app that can help you organize and prioritize tasks. This is a great tool for busy itinerant teachers who are always on the go!
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Beginning the School Year with Bookshare

Tips and resources to use Bookshare with students who are blind or visually impaired
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Resources from CA School for the Blind: Assistive Tech & Braille Standards

California School for the Blind shares helpful resources to get started with assistive tech Braille Note Takers, Web Navigation with Screen Readers, iOS and apps, and braille standards for math & ELA.
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Ballyland Stay Still, Squeaky! App for Beginning iPad Users

This app for beginning iPad users who are blind or visually impaired is designed to teach basic iPad skills through cause and effect, while the Bonus Game builds spatial awareness on the screen.
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Intro to Assistive Technology Video

This 5-minute video presents a brief overview of assistive technology for students with disabilities, including a definition, as well as what is included in the term and specific examples.
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Practice2Master Fractions App

This new app from APH is designed to help students who are blind or visually impaired to become proficient in fraction calculations.
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Typio Accessible Typing Tutor

Typio is an accessible typing program designed specifically for students with visual impairments. It has many options for customization, e.g. print size, auditory choices, colors, contrasts.
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What I Used Today: 3D Printer & Thingiverse

A TVI shares tips on using 3D printing and Thingiverse to represent concepts in an accessible format for students who are blind or visually impaired.

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