The National Reading Media Assessment (NRMA) is live online and ready for  teachers in the field to use! This research-based, standardized assessment  tool determines whether each child who is assessed should be taught  Braille, print, or both. Thorough yet time-efficient, teachers can complete, save, and print assessments using this secure site.

To begin an  assessment or for more information, please visit  www.NFBNRMA.org http://www.nfbnrma.org/.  Contact us with your questions and comments on the feedback page at  www.NFBNRMA.org http://www.nfbnrma.org/, or by calling (410) 659-9314,

extension 2529.

For more information, contact:

Department of Education

the Jernigan Institute

National Federation of the Blind

Tel: (410) 659-9314 ext. 2529

 

For the low vision user who is connected to the teacher’s computer with their iPad–with something like airdisplay or any other device that will extend the teacher’s screen, the student can now take a screen shot of say a math problem and freeze it on their iPad so they can complete the problem.

The student will hold in the iPad’s power button and press the Home button, to take a screen shot. That imagine is a picture and is stored on the iPad with the other pictures. The teacher (or student) can then open that picture  from their camera: type on the top right hand corner and open in any “art” type app, such as SAS Gloss (free app) and then write directly on the imagine. So, if the teacher is doing a math problem, the student can snap a screen shot, open that picture in SAS Gloss and draw/type the answer, notes, etc. These images can be saved, emailed, etc. Fantastic way to have more options

ZoomText Magnifier enlarges and enhances everything on your computer screen, making all of your applications easy to see and use. For more information, go to http://www.aisquared.com/zoomtext/

Product Downloads

 

ZoomText 11

Magnification

Start ZoomText= Control + Alt + Shift + Z

Enable/Disable ZoomText= Caps Lock + Control + Enter

Zoom to 1x= Caps + Enter

Increase Magnification= Caps Lock + Up Arrow

Decrease Magnification= Caps Lock + Down Arrow

Reader/Speech

Launch App Reader= Caps Lock + Alt + A

Launch App Reader from Pointer= Caps Lock + Alt + Left Click

Switch Between App View and Text View= Tab while App Reader is on

SpeakIt= Caps Lock + Alt + S

Pause and start App Reader= Enter

Exit Reader= Escape

Voice On and Off= Caps Lock + Alt + Enter

Orientation

Jump Left= Caps Lock + Control + Left Arrow

Jump Right= Caps Lock + Control + Right Arrow

Jump Top= Caps Lock + Control + Up Arrow

Jump Bottom= Caps Lock + Control + Down Arrow

Jump Center= Command Incorrect in Manual

 

All you with those great itools already know you are going to have issues if you try and run FLASH on your iOS device. It is not just the video part, but audio feedback too.

There are many ways to run flash, but I prefer Photon — a great APP—so if you are looking for an easy way resolve the  FLASH issue…Photon will do it for you

This test contains all the braille contractions your student should know. Test and get a quick idea of where your student’s speed is at in addition to the contractions she knows. Great baseline to begin instruction.

 

Download your copy and quickly translate to braille with Duxbury Braille translation software:

Then download copy below and translate in duxbury or another braille translator

Informal Braille Competency Test

The debate is huge….arguements abound when people get together to discuss —what technology  should be taught to a blind child–especially when it comes to talking software and computer OS—well, here is the data on this subject. WebAIM took past data and compared it to today's and here is what you need to learn if you are going to compete in today's job market. Natural trends will show you where the market is going

So if you are a teacher of the blind/visually impaired or rehabilitation teacher for the blind—you need to be highly proficient in these skills to teach your students and universities need to teach these skills to their up-coming teachers.

Screen Reader User Survey #4 Results

 

Many questions are milling around the cooler right now on accessibility for Windows 8

Here is just a small picture of things to come with this new operating system

Windows 8 keyboard hotkeys and shortcuts

With everyone today talking about Windows 8, I have noticed that one of the main questions that people are sharing in blogs and social networks is “Why Microsoft removed the start button in Windows 8? ”.

The answer to this question is that more users are relying on the Windows taskbar for pinning and accessing their favorite software instead of going through the Start menu. With Windows 8 you just need to press the Windows key or click the thumbnail in the lower right hot corner to launch the Metro Start screen where the Windows 8 interface plays the role of your own customized task bar.

Microsoft knows that the users will still demand easy access to the main tasks. This is why Windows 8 gives you this option by pressing “Windows key+X”. This allows you accessing tasks such as Run, Search, control Panel and all other main tasks that you might need to run once in a while.

All Windows 7 hotkeys shortcuts are still supported on Windows 8 and more “cool” hotkeys are added for Windows 8 that allows you to access your important functions with just 2 keyboard clicks.

Here is a list of the main hotkeys for Windows 8.

Key combination Windows 8 functionality

Windows-Space Switch input language and keyboard layout.

Windows-O Lock device orientation.

Windows-, Temporarily peek at the desktop.

Windows-V Cycle through toasts.

Windows-Shift-V Cycle through toasts in reverse order.

Windows-Enter Launch Narrator.

Windows-PgUp Move the Start Screen or a Metro-style application to the monitor on the left.

Windows-PgDown Move the Start Screen or a Metro-style application to the monitor on the right.

Windows-Shift-. Move the gutter to the left (snap an application).

Windows-. Move the gutter to the right (snap an application).

Windows-C Open the Charms bar.

Windows-I Open the Settings charm.

Windows-K Open the Connect charm.

Windows-H Open the Share charm.

Windows-Q Open the Search pane.

Windows-W Open the Settings Search app.

Windows-F Open the File Search app.

Windows-Tab Cycle through apps.

Windows-Shift-Tab Cycle through apps in reverse order.

Windows-Ctrl-Tab Cycle through apps and snap them as they cycle.

Windows-Z Open the App Bar.

Windows-/ Initiate input method editor (IME) reconversion.

Windows-J Swap foreground between the snapped and filled apps.

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