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Perkins training and educational resources program presents a webcast on Good Sleep Strategies. In this webcast, Veronika Bernstein, Ph.D. describes the challenges faced by children with visual impairments and their families in developing good sleep habits. Dr. Bernstein provides a variety of strategies that may be used to address this challenge. The webcast chapters […]
I recently had the pleasure of hearing Dr. Mark Borchert speak at the Josephine Taylor Leadership Institute in Seattle. Although there is not enough room in this newsletter to share all of the information I learned. I just couldn’t wait to share a few highlights. Dr. Borchert is the director of the Eye Birth Defects […]
Excerpt taken from March 2011 issue of the Braille Monitor. Written by Marc Maurer (full article can be accessed at http://www.nfb.org/images/nfb/Publications/bm/bm11/bm1103/bm110308.htm According to the United Nations’ Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), 275, 232 new books were published in the US in 2008 (most recent available). A survey of major audio and Braille book producers […]
From the Fall 2010 issue of DVI Quarterly: A Life-Changing Adventure Awaits You Developed in partnership with world-renowned blind adventurer Erik Weihenmayer, the Global Explorers Leading the Way program joins blind, visually impaired, and sighted individuals between the ages of 14 and 21 for the educational experience of a lifetime. Leading the Way integrates science, […]
Do you have parents of students with visual impairments who feel isolated? Do they have questions about their child that they want to ask other parents? Would they be interested in sharing their experiences with parents of children with similar visual impairments? The Guild’s National Tele-Support Network hosts weekly telephone support groups for parents of children […]
From the January 2010 issue of TechnoTalk: The TASC Newsletter Finding a range of good quality activities for switch users to participate in can be a challenge as many switch programs, games and toys can be very expensive. Research evidence suggests that to engage switch users and to develop switch skills, a multisensory approach is […]
New Route 66 Literacy Program for adolescent and adult beginning readers. Teachers can sign up for a FREE 45-day trial. Key benefits: Reading, writing, and word study in a flexible, dynamic, internet-based instruction Age, interest, and ability-appropriate books No special training to teach literacy. Sign up at http://www.route66literacy.org/
When working on budgeting lessons with your students, discussion about the accessibility of online-banking options is sure to come up. Here’s a link with some very helpful information on Financial Technology: http://www.afb.org/afbpress/pub.asp?DocID=aw 120302 (Don’t forget to include this information in your student’s portfolio!)
LookTel has released two $9.99 apps that recognizes US currency and identify common objects. Consumers report that they are easy and highly effective. http://www.looktel.com/products LookTel Money Reader Available now for iPhone (4S, 4, 3GS), iPod Touch (4th Generation), iPad (2 and 3), and Mac OS X LookTel Money Reader instantly recognizes currency and speaks the denomination, enabling […]
Here’s a link explaining how to convert most Kindle books to html files, enabling students to read them in braille! http://kindleformatting.com/formattin g.php
WonderBaby.org is a great website that offers information geared toward parents of early/potential braille readers as well as early literacy in general. I highly recommend this free e-Newslet- ter for the families you work with. Sign up at http://www.wonderbaby.org/
AFB’s FamilyConnect has launched a new social networking feature called FamilyFriends. Users can create their own personal profile, upload a photo, share their news through status updates, and become friends with other parents who are registered on FamilyConnect.org. The hope is that FamilyFriends will help parents, who often feel a tremendous sense of isolation when […]
AVIT (Alliance of and for Visually Impaired Texans met on February 9, 2011. Here are a few updates from their meeting: Agency update from DBS (Division for Blind Services): The agency’s total request was $120 million for the biennium. HB1 and SB1 are the same — they would reduce the Children’s Programs by 30% and […]
Article taken from Photojojo.com You’re ready to frame your shot. Lifting your camera to face, you see nothing. Blinded for just a moment, you’ve left your lens cap on (again!). What a relief it is to see that glorious image through your viewfinder. It makes you wonder what you would do if that moment of […]
YourTube-Accessible YouTube This website provides an accessible web interface for the wildly popular YouTube. Search for audio/video material on YouTube effortlessly using Povidi’s YourTube interface. Enter search terms, and browse the results which are displayed as headings. Move forward and back through pages of results. Access the easy to use player controls once a result […]
The All Abilities ePlayground is an online space offering fun and games for children of ALL abilities.http://www.allabilitiesplay ground.net.au/index.html
The following is a link to a Complete Guide to Windows 7 Keyboard Shortcuts from Windows Secrets. Very useful! http://windowssecrets.com/top-story/a-complete-guide-to-windows-7-keyboard-shortcuts/
We have mentioned RoboBraille in past newsletters. There have been some updates to their services. Please share this info with the transcriber in your district. RoboBraille is a free email and web service capable of converting electronic documents into a range of high-quality, alternative formats including Braille, mp3 and Daisy full text/full audio. The service […]
Getting Started with the iPhone: An Introduction for Blind Users By Anna Dresner and Dean Martineau In braille, eBraille, ASCII text/Word, and DAISY formats, $18 The iPhone. You know you want one. You can use your iPhone to check email and Twitter, listen to music, listen to radio programs from faraway places, read eBooks, verify […]
Temple Beth El Braille Bindery Volunteers offer FREE Braille books for Children. For more information or to order books, email Barbara Mandelbaum at ASMANDEL1@sbcglobal.net or visit http://www.tbeonline.org/childrens_braille_books_ temple_braille_bindery/. You can also request a list of the books available from Debra, Jayme, or the braille transcriber in your district.
Caitlin Hernandez’s Top Ten Rules that Every Incoming Freshman (who happens to be blind) Should Most Definitely Know
(Also known as ‘What they don’t tell you at Freshman Orientation) This is an excerpt from a fun (and helpful) article that was printed on the family connect website. To see the full article (which I highly recommend) see http://www.familyconnec t.org/parentsite.aspSectionID=78&T opic ID=343&DocumentID=4844 7. Get used to rattling off your top ten favorite foods. When […]
Do you know about the CaptionMax captioning company? They are a major provider of educational audio description services. They have described thousands of hours of television and educational DVD programs, enabling blind students pre-K through 12 to be able to access media as effectively as their sighted peers. Many of the programs are also of […]
Need to remember a contraction but don’t have your “Braille Enthusiast’s Dictionary” handy? Now you can go to: http://www.brl.org/refdesk/conlookup.html. It will provide you with the proper contraction for a given word.
The Hadley School now offers three new free technology-related correspondence courses: Screen Readers: Listening Skills Screen Readers: Web Browsing Screen Readers: Editing and Formatting Word Documents Reminder: These courses are free for students in Texas! Visit http://www.hadley.edu/PastSeminars.asp for more information.
Amazon.com is releasing a new version of Kindle for PC that adds accessibility features designed for blind and low vision customers. If a screen reader is installed on the computer, ALL English-language books in the 750,000 book collection can be read with the program’s own synthesizer! Some free books are available, but the vast majority […]
The following excerpts were taken from the Described and Captioned Media Program February 2011 Newsletter. For full article, please visit: http://www.dcmp.org/caai/nadh262.pdf Article written by Theresa Johnson, M.Ed. Educator and Transition Specialist at the Texas School for the Deaf and mother of Amy, who is deaf and a teenager who is busy setting goals for her […]
SCHOLARSHIPS: American Council of the Blind Deadline: March 1, 2011. Guidelines and application: www.acb.org/scholarship The Council of Citizens with Low Vision Int. (CCLVI) Deadline: March 1, 2011. Guidelines and application: www.cclvi.org National Federation of the Blind Deadline: March 31, 2011 Guidelines and application: http://www.nfb.org/nfb/scholarship_program.asp The Braille Revival League of Texas (BRLT) and […]
Fighting Blindness is a foundation established for families who have children who are visually impaired. Kay Belanger, a Region 13 parent of a student with Retinitis Pigmentosa is starting a new chapter of Fighting Blindness here in Austin. Please help spread the word to your families and help support them in this effort. The Foundation’s […]
The following is from the Described and Captioned Media Program (DCMP) Newsletter. For full articles, visit: http://www.dcmp.org/outreach/newsletter/february2010.html March is “Listening Awareness Month” and a perfect time to promote description and teach people about its benefits. Throughout the month of March, we encourage teachers, parents, and others to reinforce the benefits of listening to described media […]
Tech Tip: To change the theme on a laptop to white on black and to enlarge, hit Shift + Alt + Print Screen (on laptops that display the Print Screen button on one of the Function Keys, you may also have to hold down the Function Button).