Other Blind Tools

ElBraille is a portable device designed for users who are blind or deaf-blind and want to stay connected at school, at workplace or home as well as on the go. A user can utilize braille
and/or speech for output and braille for input. The device supports Windows 10 functionality, including third-party applications accessible with screen reading software. ElBraille has specially designed software installed on it as well.

 

See more at ElBraille

10 Tips to make your classroom more accessible

Read more at https://educationblog.microsoft.com/2017/05/10-tips-for-creating-an-inclusive-classroom-today/#ICXYIyIgolLU19xI.99

 

1. Understand why accessible content matters

 

As teachers, you can be proactive and build content for students with accessibility in mind, from the beginning. You might think this isn’t required in your class right now, because no student has requested an accommodation in your class, but this could be because students don’t like to stand out. Disabilities can be invisible, can occur at any time, and for varying durations, so it is likely that you will have a student or parent who will benefit from accessible content.

Watch the introductory video: Creating accessible classroom content in Office 365

 

2. Create well-structured content in Word

 

Headings and Researcher are tools in Word that allow teachers to create well-structured content in a variety of ways. For example, you can use headings to create sections for a paper, help a student break down an assignment into manageable parts, or create a quick table of contents.

Watch the video: Using Headers and Researcher to create content in Word

 

3. Create content that is clear, concise and accessibility checked

 

Teachers know that creating content goes beyond just getting ideas down on paper and that creating well-written documents, that look and sound professional, are very important. Editor in Word will help you and your students create content that is clear and concise. Also, following accessibility best practices is key to creating professional content. By adding Alt Text for images and fixing any errors flagged by Accessibility Checker, you can create content that is easier to follow for students with visual impairments.

Watch the video: Creating content with Word

 

4. Make PowerPoint slides easy to navigate

 

PowerPoint is the go-to resource for many teachers, for both educator and student presentations. However, students with visual impairments, color blindness, or dyslexia often struggle with navigating and using slide decks.

Learn some strategies that will help you and your students create content accessible for all users. , so no need to recreate your content.

Watch the video: Creating accessible content in PowerPoint

 

5. Convey information in multiple formats with PowerPoint

 

Teachers often use PowerPoint to present new information to students and to  keep themselves on track while they teach. These slide decks can also be utilized by students before or after a lesson individually, especially if it is located somewhere convenient, like the OneNote Class Notebook. Accommodate audiences with a range of vision, hearing, mobility and cognitive abilities by including videos, captions, graphics with sufficient color contrast, and text with sufficient font size in your slides.

Watch the video: Creating visually accessible content with PowerPoint

 

6. Use templates to ensure sufficient font size and color contrast

 

Templates are that teachers create content that is likely to be accessible to everyone. There are many free, accessible templates available in Word and PowerPoint –  just do a search starting with the keyword “accessible.” Templates can also help give students a starting point and help them focus on the content, as opposed to formatting or where to begin.

Watch the video: Creating accessible content using templates

 

7. Digitize content with Office Lens

 

Some of the best lessons favored by teachers are often self-created with materials from a variety of resources. Some might be from an old magazine, book, article, or curriculum housed in a folder on the shelf. There are physical pieces of paper that end up getting copied off as a handout for students. Unfortunately, these documents are not accessible to all. With Office Lens, a mobile app from Microsoft with Optical Character Recognition, you can easily transfer most to the digital realm and let students format the text to suit their needs through Immersive Reader.

Watch the video:  Digitizing content with Office Lens

 

8. Update existing content with OneNote and OneNote Class Notebook

 

Many classrooms are going completely paperless by using OneNote Class Notebook – teachers, students and even parents are loving it. Students have access to all materials and information at their fingertips at all times, with no heavy backpacks or misplaced work. Now is the time to go back and ensure that all your materials are accessible for all your students. This video look at ways to make your existing content accessible, without you having to recreate everything.

Watch the video:  Updating existing content with OneNote

If you are looking for a strong example of how one educator is creating inclusive classrooms with the help of OneNote, see this story by Jameson Lee, Assistive Technology Coordinator of Special Education at Catholic District School Board in Eastern Ontario. And if you’re already using OneNote, you’ll want to catch up on our latest updates that improve its usability, navigation and consistency across devices.

 

9. Create live content with Skype and Skype Translator

 

Skype is a fantastic tool for students and teachers to be able to connect with others across the globe. But did you know that Skype can also be used within your own class to help ensure that live content is accessible to all – with options to automatically transcribe and translate conversations? There are so many opportunities for teachers to use this great tool and help all students meet their learning goals without interruption.

Watch the video:  Creating live content with Skype and Skype Translator

 

10. Take the training on Microsoft Educator Community & share your stories

 

There are so many opportunities for teachers to impact the life of a student in positive ways. By relying on the tips you’ll see in this course and Office 365 for Education, you can transform your curriculum easily as you move forward.

Take the course now: https://aka.ms/accessiblecontenttraining

Do you have some tips for other teachers on how you’ve developed inclusive habits in your lessons? Do you have a story about a student with a unique disability who inspired changes in your teaching? If so, please, share your own tips in the comments section of the course above.

We even have a poster for you to print and hang on the walls or your school or classroom, acting as a constant reminder about some of the tips discussed here and in the course.

Read more at https://educationblog.microsoft.com/2017/05/10-tips-for-creating-an-inclusive-classroom-today/#ICXYIyIgolLU19xI.99

 

Combined with Calibre bookmanagement which allows you to manage all those kindle books in an accessible format but you do not need both this and codex

combined with shortcuts for all this allows quick access for braille or text reading

Find thousands of books: http://drmfree.calibre-ebook.com/by/genre

Now if you just want to have kindle accessible on your PC–download the simple plugin that allows kindle books to talk with ease on your computer

Kindle for PC [Download]

Kindle Plugin-

  • Start reading (from the top of the page) – CTRL, R
  • Pause/Restart reading (from current position) – Space bar or F6
  • Read current sentence from beginning – CTRL, (comma)
  • Read previous sentence – CTRL, Shift, Up Arrow
  • Skip forward one sentence – CTRL, Shift, Down Arrow
  • Toggle voice (male/female) – CTRL, Shift, V
  • Increase speech rate – Shift, +
  • Decrease speech rate – Shift, –
  • Announce current location within a book – CTRL, P
  • Toggle continuous reading – CTRL, Shift, C
  • Read instructions – CTRL, I

 

 

There are many ways to adapt work, but how about so called inaccessible work–all that is possible. Here are a few ways to do just that.

Adapting work using Jaws OCR-how to tell if work is image or text in PDF

The fastest way to adapt inaccessible PDF with graphics when you run out of time

How to adapt work for low vision–continue on with skills

Adapt work for Low Vision using shapes for Math or Chemistry

How to adapt work for blind/low vision students

Access Technology for Low Vision-See your computer screen better

Tricks for students to adapt last minute work fast –right in class

ORION TI-84+ Talking Graphing Calculator
Available from APH with federal quota money  www.aph.org/
Even though it does not have a large keypad or large screen, this
calculator is accessible to a low vision student through speech and
sonification of graphs. The student could also use a magnification tool if
needed. Finally, the math teacher can assist with its use. Combine with a graphing cable and graphing can be outputted onto a computer for student to send to the teacher or move into a Word document to complete math problems, in addition to embossing the graph to feel.

SciPlus-2500 Talking Graphing Scientific Calculator
http://sightenhancement.com/
This calculator does have a large keypad and large screen, but teachers
have reported that they would not recommend this calculator. TVIs could
not get it to work, nor could the math teachers who had a blind student in
their math class.

TI-Smart View 2.0
The Emulator Software Package for the TI-84+
http://education.ti.com/educationportal/

Scientific Notebook
www.mackichan.com
This software program is a word/math processor along with being a
scientific graphing calculator. It also contains a math tutorial. However,
it does contain a CAS (Computer Algebra System) and is not allowed in some
teaching situations.

Desmos Graphing Calculator (available for iPad and Android)
They are trying to make this calculator more accessible – better for low
vision user than a totally blind one at this point in time.

Free Graphing Calculator by William Jockusch (available for iPad and
Android)
The author has made improvements for low vision users. He is open to more
suggestions.

 

Suggestions by:

Susan A Osterhaus
Statewide Mathematics Consultant
Outreach Programs
Texas School for the Blind

As an interim measure in advance of issuing tactile-enhanced Federal Reserve notes, the BEP is providing currency readers, free of charge, to eligible blind and visually impaired individuals.

Download the application to order a currency reader here.

The BEP announced its distribution plans for the U.S. Currency Reader Program in a press release issued on Thursday, July 3, 2014.

The U.S. Currency Reader Program launched in two phases:

Pilot:  From September 2 to December 31, 2014, in partnership with the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, Library of Congress (NLS), the BEP conducted a four-month pilot where NLS patrons could pre-order a currency reader.  The pilot program allowed the government to test its ordering and distribution processes and gauge demand for currency readers. Approximately 12,000 NLS patrons pre-ordered a currency reader during the pilot phase.

National Rollout: Currency readers became widely available to all U.S. citizens, or persons legally residing in the U.S. who are blind or visually impaired, on January 2, 2015.  Individuals interested in receiving a currency reader through the U.S. Currency Reader Program must submit an application, signed by a competent authority who can certify eligibility. Applications, available in English and in Spanish, can be downloaded here.

Additional information about the U.S. Currency Reader Program and about the currency reader device can be found in the links below.  The BEP encourages organizations that support the blind and visually impaired community to distribute these materials, incorporate the information provided into individualized communications, or link to this website.
Find out more here at  U.S. Currency Reader Program

 

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