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Getting Started with the iPhone and iOS 7: An Introduction for Blind Users

This new edition of Getting Started with the iPhone and iOS 7 offers detailed instructions for beginners.
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Screen Readers Don't Always Read What's On The Screen

Find out how punctuation marks and typographic symbols are handled by different types of screen reading software.
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Super Duper Data Tracker App

This application is an easy and convenient way to track and share data on student performance.
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Shadow Puppet Free App

Ideas on how to use the free app Shadow Puppet as a tool for students who are blind or visually impaired to create their own slideshow and stories
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Math Melodies Free Accessible App

Math Melodies is a free accessible math app created for all children but specifically designed for students with visual impairments.
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StoryKit App

StoryKit is a free app that can be used to create stories with text, images, and sound.
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3-D Printing for Emerging Braille Readers

The Fittle project creates braille puzzles for beginning readers using 3-D printing.
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Braille Squad -- Free app!

This free app is designed for beginning braille readers, using an iPad paired with a refreshable braille display.
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Apps to Help You Get Started with a New iOS Device

An overview of apps for iOS devices, with an emphasis on those designed for users who are blind or visually impaired.
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App for Free Audio Books through Audiobooks HQ

This app, which is accessible using VoiceOver, can be used to download free audiobooks.
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Exploring the Use of the iPad for Literacy Instruction

Find out more about accessibility settings for the iPad and other tips for using the iPad for literacy instruction with students who are blind or visually impaired.
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BARD Mobile App on YouTube

These videos from NLS provide an overview of the BARD mobile app.

Free Webinars on ZoomText

Free webinars about ZoomText
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iPad Applications, Accessories and Modifications

Applications, accessories and modifications for iPads for students with multiple disabilities
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iOS7 Accessibility Features

This article explores the accessibility features of iOS7.
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Creating a Bibliography using WORD

This video demonstrates how to create a bibliography in various formats using WORD and talking software.
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Reinforcing Braille Literacy Using the iPad

Webinar about using braille input with iPad for learners who are blind
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Tactile Rendering of 3D Features on Touch Surfaces

Tactile touchscreen developed by researchers at Disney
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The First PDF Reader for People Who Are Visually Impaired

Assistive technology allows people with low vision to read PDFs.
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Demonstration of the New BARD Mobile App

Demonstration on how to use new BARD mobile app to access audio books and braille content