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
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+
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
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
The author has made improvements for low vision users. He is open to more
Susan A Osterhaus
Statewide Mathematics Consultant
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.
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.
Reading a computer screen in Braille is a cumbersome process today. The visually impaired people who rely on the system of raised dots only have access to one line at a time. Beyond that, current systems don’t translate charts or graphs. A team of researchers from Michigan Engineering and the School of Music, Theater and Dance are working on a solution. Their technology, which has been described as a leader in the field, relies on pneumatic use of liquid or air to shrink the mechanism and expand it so it can display more at once. Their goal is for it to display the equivalent of a page of Kindle text at once. Go to: http://www.engin.umich.edu/college/about/news/stories/2015/december/refreshable-braille-device
Contact: Angela Fichera
Marketing Communications Specialist
2236 GG Brown
Updated! The Unofficial Guide to Changing Braille Displays and other Adaptive Technology into UEB
As the time has come to begin transitioning to Unified English Braille (UEB) in the US, I thought it would be a good idea to briefly discuss how to change various adaptive technologies to UEB from US English braille. Many pieces of assistive technology already support the UEB code, it s simply a matter of enabling them. Below is a list of the more common devices and how to make these changes. note that stand alone braille displays such as the Focus, Smart Beetle, Brailliant BI, etc, do not have specific settings for UEB, as these devices only receive input/output from the device they are connected to. Also note that these instructions apply to the latest version of the hardware/software listed, your results may vary on older models or versions of software. It is also assumed you know how to navigate and select various options for the hardware/software listed. A comprehensive guide to each device is beyond the scope of an article. Please consult user documentation for further support as needed.
The stats are in and once again PC leads the way on the must need technology, following right behind with iOS on a mobile device. Though Jaws still leads the way in screen reader access, other talking software is on the rise since these are free and people do like free.
Depending on your job will depend on what type of power you need in a screen reader device: For my students, they need a minimum of 2, some instances 3. It is being prepared for anything that comes one’s way is the key. Combine that with an iOS device and our students have the power they need to do anything.
Find out all the results from this survey at: Screen Reader User Survey #6 Results
|Response||# of Respondents||% of Respondents|
|Screen Reader||# of Respondents||% of Respondents|
|Window-Eyes-no longer used||745||29.6%|
|System Access or System Access To Go||173||6.9%|
|Mobile Platform||# of Respondents||% of Respondents|
|Apple iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch||1443||69.6%|
Carter has a great video on showing the use of Keyview while taking you through the steps of accessing YouTube videos from the Apex:
: Download the the HOW to for keyview from the HumanWare site at: http://support.humanware.com/en-usa/support/braillenote_apex/software
Chrome book Accessibility features
Not recommended for blind students–still too many barriers to total accessibility and speed with Chromevox
**** to turn off ChromoVox in Google Chrome – go to paper looking icon – click tools – click extensions – and disable *****
How to Enable Accessibility Options In Chrome OS
To enable accessibility options in Chrome OS, go to settings and search accessibility. You can also access them by going to Settings > Advanced Options > Accessibility
Chromevox Suit of Accessibility Options for Chrome
ChromeVox is a screen reader for Chrome which brings the speed, versatility, and security of Chrome to visually impaired users. Here is a video explaining the features of this extension. http://youtu.be/gZJtLIHZb2s
How Spoken Feedback Works
From the Chrome OS help website:
ChromeVox is a screen reader for Chrome which brings the speed, versatility, and security of Chrome to visually impaired users. The following are a few resources to help you start using ChromeVox or to help you learn new features if you’re an experienced ChromeVox user.
ChromeVox is available as an extension for Google Chrome on Windows and Mac OS and comes built into Chrome OS to provide out of box accessibility. The information below should help you setup ChromeVox in your environment.
ChromeVox is an extension for Google Chrome and is available for one-click install via the Chrome Web store.
Learn how to get up and running with ChromeVox on Chrome OS devices.
This tutorial is intended to be used with ChromeVox running. It’s an interactive walkthrough that introduces ChromeVox features one at a time, and enables you to try them out as you read the tutorial.
A quick-start guide to navigating with ChromeVox.
This page lists all of the ChromeVox keyboard shortcuts for your reference. ChromeVox also includes an interactive command lookup feature.
Details about changes in the 1.31 ChromeVox release available on the Chrome Web Store.
This reference a complete list of all the keyboard commands associated with ChromeVox. These commands can be referenced at any time through the command help menu. Press ChromeVox + Period and use the up and down arrow keys to navigate or begin typing the command you are looking for.
If you are using ChromeVox on Chrome OS, the ChromeVox Keys are Search + Shift. On Mac OS X, the ChromeVox keys are Control + Command and on Windows and other platforms, the ChromeVox keys are Control + Alt.
The Prefix Key is activated by pressing Control + Z. If the prefix is activated, the next key press will behave as if the ChromeVox keys are enabled. After that, the ChromeVox keys will go back to being off unless the Prefix Key is pressed again.
ChromeVox allows you navigate through lists of similar items, such as links, headers etc. To move to a specific item on a page, press ChromeVox + either N or P. N stands for Next and P stands for Previous.
To move to the next header on the page, press ChromeVox + N then H. To move to the previous header on the page, press ChromeVox + P then H.
You can also move to a specific heading level by pressing ChromeVox + N or P then the number representing that heading level. For example, to move to the next level 2 header, press ChromeVox + N then 2.
Table Mode is activated by ChromeVox + Back slash when reading a table. The following are the commands that become available only in table mode.
Use the command help menu ChromeVox + Period to explore additional table commands.
Accessibility Features on a Chromebook
posted Oct 17, 2012, 8:07 AM by Molly Schroeder
|By mistake, one of my teachers found out about the Chromebook Accessibility features. Here is the information on how to Enable Spoken Feedback. Thanks to Scott Johnson for this information!
Enable spoken feedback
If you’re on the main sign-in screen, press Ctrl+Alt+Z to enable or disable spoken feedback. You can also adjust this option on the Settings page.
How spoken feedback works