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Sight-Sim

Sight-Sim is a free online tool that allows users to simulate visual acuity and contrast sensitivity corresponding to the visual impairment of a particular individual.
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CVI for the TVI & Other Professionals

A free monthly forum for collaboration and discussion about CVI (Cortical/Cerebral Visual Impairment)
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Project INSPIRE: Free Self-Paced Courses to Increase the STEM Potential of Individuals Who Read Braille

Announcement of free self-paced courses for TVIs, paraprofessionals, families and others working with braille students to practice the use of Nemeth Code within the UEB Context.
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Guide to Designing Tactile Illustrations for Children's Books

Tips and guidelines for designing tactile illustrations for young children who are blind or visually impaired.
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Scripts of Mathematics Made Easy Videos

ICEVI has created scripts of the instructional math videos from the "Mathematics Made Easy" project.
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BANA Guidelines for the Transcription of Early Educational Materials from Print to Braille

The purpose of these guidelines is to provide directions for the transcription and formatting of early literacy materials (kindergarten through third grade), including materials to be discarded after use, for primary readers.
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Cortical Visual Impairment (CVI): A Fact Sheet for Families & Professionals

This fact sheet on cortical visual impairment (CVI) is designed to provide quick information to families and professionals.
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Braille Image to Text on ABCbraille.com

A new website that turns a braille image into text has been launched by the father of a braille student in Australia.
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French Website on Braille Literacy: Abracadabraille.org

A French Website dedicated to Braille Literacy and the education of students who are blind or visually impaired has been launched; Site dédié à la déficience visuelle et à l’enseignement du braille.
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Braille Song Videos

These videos are designed to support braille literacy.
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Comprehensive Evaluation of Blind and Low Vision Students During COVID-19: A Guidance Document

The purpose of this document is to provide resources for Teachers of Blind and Visually Impaired Students (TVIs) and Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialists (COMS) during a unique time of remote and hybrid instruction.
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"Beginning Braille" Webinar Series

"Beginning Braille" is a free 6-part webinar series designed to introduce parents, caregivers, and paraprofessionals to the Unified English Braille Code (UEB).
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Ballyland Magic Plus

The Ballyland Magic Plus app is designed for children who are blind or visually impaired to learn and practice touch gestures for VoiceOver, Apple's screen reader.
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Assistive Technology Vendor Support List

This contact list includes information about which assistive technology vendors offer support.
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Nemeth Online Tutorial from TSBVI

A free online tutorial on the Nemeth Code is now available from Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (TSBVI). Nemeth Code is used for braille math and science notations.
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Mindfulness Curriculum from California School for the Blind

This curriculum includes guided meditations, creating a calming space, and learning about mindfulness for students with visual impairments.

Making Animated iPad Lessons and Books for Students with CVI

Add highlighting and animation to presentations to draw attention to salient features
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Tips for Teaching Deaf Students Online

This resource offers tips for teaching deaf students online, along with a checklist and tips for ensuring accessibility.
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TSBVI Outreach Mailing Lists

Find out how to describe to different email lists from Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired Outreach Program.
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Helen Keller Archives and Lesson Plans

Helen Keller Archives and Lesson Plans from American Foundation for the Blind

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