Watch this young lady read braille: Youtube--Smooth fluid motion across the pages of braille. Able to read as fast as sighted peers. Uses Bookshare and other online braille sources to download books constantly to read on her Braille Note.


I have been working with a particular student for years, so her skills are fairly advanced. She started virtual instruction this summer and caught on very quickly. We have been experimenting with finding the best browser that works with the right software and email and a multitude of other things to make everything work together. And, it was time to use this technology in the classroom.

First off, it is common to have to go personally to the school to explain virtual techniques to the administration. So, I did. The Principal seemed to understand quickly the virtual technique. But, the Director was having a difficult time seeing how a blind student can get help from a teacher who lives far away. The para-educator was willing to give it a chance, so I told them to let the student take over and they could watch. Then I went home and waited for school to start.

Our first lesson of the school year started today. The para-educator was nervous but within a couple of minutes the para was amazed. The student texted me online, telling me she was ready for the class work. I immediately brought her up on video, greeted her and saw smiles. Next, we started the tandem session so I could bring her computer desktop up on my computer. Then I began giving her instruction on downloading school books from the Internet, from the website Duxbury (a braille to print translation program) that transfers text information into Word. (Note: I previously discussed with her teacher what the student needed for class, so the lesson was in my head)

After the student loaded the classrooms “World History” book into WORD, it was time to read. The student knows she needs to ask the teacher, “What are the first three words of the paragraph you want me to be on?” Then I helped her insert those words into find dialogue box. Within seconds her cursor finds the paragraph. She jumps the cursor to her book and her JAWS begins reading it to her.

The student also practices her braille reading, by adding the braille display to the laptop.


Any blind student that wants to take classes dealing with music should learn braille music to access everything their sighted peers access, giving them the ability to learn anything they wish. If they want to go on and write their own music, they will have that ability.

Watch video on Youtube

Learn more about Music for the Blind at Dancing Dots and Lime Lighter: Click on Dancing Dots or Lime Lighter

The Office for Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Education (ED) and the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) recently released two documents that provide important information regarding the use of emerging technology in educational settings:

  1. On June 29, 2010, ED and DOJ issued a joint Dear Colleague Letter to college and university presidents outlining the legal requirements concerning the use of electronic book readers and other emerging technology in institutions of higher education.
  2. One year later, on May 26, 2011, as a follow-up to this Dear Colleague Letter, ED issued a Frequently Asked Questions document regarding the legal obligations of schools (both elementary/secondary and post-secondary) under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in the use of emerging technology.

Together, these two documents provide helpful guidance for schools to consider in ensuring that students with disabilities enjoy equal access to educational benefits and opportunities when information and resources are provided through the use of technology.

Find out more at: Equal Access to Learning (OCR & DOJ)

For less than a cup of coffee, get inspired for the rest of your life with a great read. Watch Youtube video to begin your adventure: Answered Prayer

Do you ever wonder why your prayers are not being answered? Then wonder why others are being answered? This book will give real life examples of why our prayers are hindered and what we must do to unlock prayers powers. You will walk through a fire literally and learn how to come out the other end. Listen to a very powerful story that will change how you view prayer and potentially change your life. Learn what you must do in your own life to enable prayer power.

Order your e-copy today that Voice Over can easily read on iphone or ipad or other itool: How to Get Prayers Answered and/or Why Prayers Do Not Get Answered

or order from Amazon at: Get Prayers Answered for your Kindle

The book is also available from Amazon at: Get Prayers Answered

or enlarged print Answered Prayer


Excrept from book:


Picture: Fire surrounding and burning everything



Prayer lesson: Pray and don’t stop praying

Here is how you do it afraid…


Our part time neighbors, Donna and Todd, who lived on top of the mountain, were watching the fire through their cameras safely back home in North Bend. I know they started to pray too.  By the time Lynnette had reached me, Curt was racing toward our house to get her so they could pull their horses out of their burning barns. By the time they had driven off, we were surrounded, with 50 foot+ flames all the way up the trees. The fire was still about an acre away as I was still “TELLING” God my prayer and what HE needed to do for ME. “Please stop the fire” Don’t let it come close to me,” “Don’t let it jump the road.” Wow, what an ego centered prayer. But that is what we do—-we pray, me me my me what about what happens to me prayers. As I realized that was NOT the prayer I was supposed to be demanding of God. I stopped talking and started listening. I asked, “God what do you want me to do?” Here is what HE TOLD me. “Get on your shoes! Get out on that tractor and start driving over the fire and put it out! I have prepared you for this.” That is NOT the prayer or answer I wanted to hear.

Prayer Lesson: Stop talking and telling God what to do as your prayers. Ask, “What should I do?”— Then Listen.  How many of us do not have answered prayers because God told us something hard to do and we did not do it. We have to do what we can first THEN God does what we cannot do. We have to do the hard stuff first on our own, our own free will. If we did not listen then, afterward, we say “Why, God, why did you not answer my prayer” It was our own fault the prayer was not answered—we did NOT do what HE told us to first…LISTEN…then do it! God is telling us what to do all the time. If we are talking, we are NOT listening. Get quiet and listen.


I can tell you. Go fight the fire was  NOT NOT NOT the prayer answer I wanted to hear, but I said OK. If HE was guiding me, HE would be with me. But I could not tell it……yet….. I was shaking so hard I could barely move. I was so riveted on the flames outside my north front window and so stuck with fear I could barely breathe and God tapped me on the shoulder and said “Turn around”. As I turned around to look through the south facing window it was filled with flames an acre away too, zooming up toward my place faster than my own thoughts. It seemed I was moving in slow motion toward my shoes. That is what HE told me to do. Get ON my shoes. I did it. HE said, walk toward my tractor. My legs were noodles, limp and weak; I thought I would fall down. My breath was rapid, smoke filled my lungs, sweat poured down me; the air was acrid and it hurt. I grabbed my legs and willed them forward. It took everything inside me to will myself forward toward that tractor. The flames, fire and smoke had rapidly moved and closed in that acre and now were yards from the buildings, me, my animals, all that I loved.


Are you doing what God told you to do? Here is how you do it

 Watch Video at: Diary of Destruction-Fire 2012



Who we are:
Computers for the Blind (CFTB) is a non-profit 501(c) 3 volunteer organization located in Richardson, TX.
 What we do:
We provide accessible computers to persons who are blind and visually impaired so that they can have:
-The independent ability to conduct activities of daily living such as personal reading, management of finances, and maintenance of household records.
-Personal and private communications with friends, family, health care professionals and business associates.
-A virtual learning environment where information resources are just a finger-tip away.
-Improved employment opportunities through the development of knowledge, skills, and marketable abilities.
How we do it:
We collect donated laptop and desktop computers from businesses and individuals. Skilled volunteer computer technicians wipe them clean and install screen reader software (NVDA). Upon request we provide larger monitors and/or a trial version of Zoomtext. The full version is available at a significant discount. E-mail and word processor software are part of the software library along with simple accessible tutorials on how to operate the accessible software. We currently ship about 70 computers a month throughout the country and have already shipped over 6,000 computers. We ship a minimum Dual Core 1.8 GHz, with1.5 GB memory and 80 GB hard drive. Occasionally we are able to ship Pentium 4 3.0 GHz systems.
 Who can get a computer:
 Anyone with a visual impairment who is serious about using it and is willing to commit to the learning process. 
 These computers are ideal for persons who want/need a computer but the purchase of one through a state vocational rehabilitation agency is currently not available. We can partner together to meet the needs of your consumers/clients. Please consider referring us to someone who could benefit from one.
For general inquires or to request a computer, contact us at:
Computers for the Blind

Authored by: Braille Authority of North America

March 2013


Braille changes have occured from US braille to the UEB version: Begin learning about the changes in order to be ready for the new reading materials that will be issued as well as use of a new iOS7 device, which sets its default at UEB

Go to: Braille Changes to begin learning these new skills

You can change back to US Braille on an iOS7 device by merely going to the settings\general\accessibility\VoiceOver\braille, Then, find the option called translation and activate this with a CRB or by double tapping. The currently selected table will be English
Unified, and you can choose from either the US or UK table. double tap or press a cursor routing button above US, and you should be set—–.but it may be wise to begin making the shift in learning, so you can do both as needed.

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