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NVDA: NonVisual Desktop Access

Announcing free open source screen reader called NonVisual Desktop Access (NVDA)
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iOS Success: Making the iPad Accessible

Announcement of new book about iOS accessibility for users who are blind
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Common Core Standards App

Free app to view the Common Core Standards
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Talking Graphing Calculator

Introduction to the new talking graphic calculator for students who are blind or visually impaired
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LookTel VoiceOver Tutorial

The LookTel VoiceOver Tutorial is a helpful introduction to anyone who is new to VoiceOver.
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Pages: iPad Word Processing App

Pages is an accessible word processing app for students with visual impairments.
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Ballyland Educational Software

Ballyland is educational software designed for young children children who are blind or visually impaired
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TOTLB's Top 10 Apps for the iPad!

These were voted to be the best iPad apps for children with CVI (Cortical Visual Impairment)
Young boy with low vision uses a Mountabatten brailler

Early Learning Access Technology Framework

The Early Learning Access Technology Framework document is a guide for families and educators to introduce technology to children who are blind or have significant visual impairment.
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Assistive Technology in Action (video)

Video of young boy with visual impairment using Mountbatten brailler and other assistive technology.
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SpellGate is a free app to teach beginning spelling and it is totally accessible.
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Using Microsoft Lync to provide specialized mathematics instruction to students who are blind or visually impaired

Distance learning strategies for teaching mathematics who are blind or visually impaired using Microsoft Lync
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10 Apps for Learners Who Struggle with Reading and/or Writing

10 free and low-cost apps that may be especially helpful for individuals who find reading and/or writing challenging. Some offer text-to-speech and others are appropriate for users with low vision.
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Accessible Technology Options for the Blind and Visually Impaired Reader

Demonstration of a variety of assistive technology devices that provide the capability of accessing books via speech, large print, or braille.
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Julia demonstrates her use of assistive technology

This 6th grade girl who is blind demonstrates some of her favorite assistive technology tools.
Boy uses iPad at home

5 Ways to Get a Free iPad for Your Special Needs Child!

Funding ideas for getting a free iPad (and other assistive technology) for your child with special needs
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MacForTheBlind is a site specifically for blind or visually impaired, who use Macintosh computers or iOS devices, such as iPad, iPhone, iPod
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ViA - By Braille Institute

ViA is an app to help users who are blind or visually impaired to locate apps in iTunes App Store that are designed for blind or visually impaired
Pictello app

Pictello App for Creating Talking Photo Albums

Create talking photo albums and talking books on iOS devices with the Pictello app
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Accessibility: A Guide for Educators

Learn how accessibility features in Microsoft products can be used in the classroom.