Learning to braille can be done directly on the keyboard using Duxbury braille translation software or a tiny braille display for anyone with special hands, or regular hands. Watch video: Special Hands

Lessons that will help you

Word-refreshabraille-JAWS talking software

Refreshabraille-JAWS 12- adding typing mode for 1 hand users

First Steps in Great Braille Readers

Beginner Braille Reading

Braille Instruction begins at 3 years old

Braille Cheat Sheets

How to STOP scrubbing While reading Braille

Fast Braille Reading

Tricks to Learning Braille in your Teen Years or Later

Free Braille Books-Where to go to get Books

The Synchronicity of Braille & Technology

Braille Rap Song Lyrics

Rap Song to Learn Braille

This would be a great Gift or stocking stuffer for anyone who can write and needs that extra feedback to hear the lesson. Great for school and work. Have the information you need repeated when you have time. Anything you write will be recorded in this pen.

Livescribe™ Echo™ Smartpen—Click on link to open: Amazing smartpen remembers everything you hear, say and write, then lets you replay your recorded audio with a simple tap. Save your notes and recordings to your computer, or quickly share them with others as pencast, PDF or audio files. Use the Echo™ smartpen and special dot paper to take notes in meetings or lectures. With just a tap, Echo™ begins recording the audio and digitizing your handwriting–automatically synching the ink and audio. By tapping your notes, you can replay the conversation from the exact moment your note was written, so you never miss a word. The included Livescribe™ Desktop software helps you back up your notes, search them, play them back from your computer, or share those notes with others.

Advanced processing power and substantial memory–all in a Montblanc-sized pen! Watch video:Livescribe echo smartpen

The rechargeable Echo™ smartpen lets you capture and save important data in simple pen-and-paper format, making it easy to access and share. The 4GB of memory can record 400+ hours of audio* and thousands of pages of notes.

Calculator shortcut keys

PowerPoint Keystrokes

JAWS commands

Websites resources

Informal Braille Competency Test

JAWS Keystrokes

Laptop Keystrokes for Reading Text and Information

Excel keystrokes

Braille contraction list-need braille fonts on your computer to view correctly

Alphabet braille practice–need Duxbury to open

Braille alphabet, need Duxbury to open

JAWS and Word commands

Reading Speeds for Students

Braille memory-need Duxbury to open

Braille Math setup- need Duxbury to open

Braille alphabet, need Duxbury to open

Some students have difficulties with math, but when you can apply it to something they love, the understanding kicks in. I use cooking as one of my strategies to learn math skills. They get to eat their results, which is always a big hit.

I have nesting spoons and cups so the students can easily tell which is the correct measurement. For any child that needs a tactile reminder, I have brailled nesting tools, which can be bought at places like ILA or LS&S. We practice with simple measurements using rice or beans before actual cooking takes place.

If you are fortunate enough to get a child young, have them read 1+1=2 and they do the math in braille, then have them measure 1 cup + 1 cup of beans to put in a bowl and have them repeat it with 1 tsp + 1 tsp = 2 tsp and 1 TB+ 1 TB = 2 Tbs. Then they go to the computer and type it out and listen to it while reading from a braille display.

By integrating academic instruction with life, they will see why they are learning certain information in school, so by the time they start to add, subtract, divide and multiple fractions and using higher math skills, they will have gained a great foundation with real life materials…teaspoons, tablespoons and cups, angles, plane, shapes and so on.

Spending lots of time with family and friends over the holidays usually has a person tagging me with questions about someone they know who has just lost sight recently. If the child is younger than 30, they move back in with parents as they try and figure out life and older or married, they become dependent on the person they are living with as they try and figure out life.

The statement I use, I know is bold because no one really likes to leave what he or she know, despite the fact they cannot do what they used to do. However, the people who choose this path of learning blind skills change their lives forever, into the path of being able to do whatever they want.

The statement I use is: They need to go to a training center for the blind, if they truly want to gain the skills they need to be independent. Yes, they can cruise the Internet….with a friend because they do have the skills to do so themselves with talking software, and they can read, or someone read to them about information, but it is slow and arduous and many lose hope because they are not finding the right answers.

There are several good training centers for the blind and most states have them, but if you want to gain all the skills needed to live and learn how to go anywhere you need to go and most importantly gain the confidence and skills you need to get a job and live your dreams as a visually impaired person, go to Louisiana Center for the Blind

I have seen dejected people go in and confident, happy people come out. The difference can be felt because the change is so dramatic.

So what do you do when you lose sight later in life, and you would really like to do it independently? Go to a training center for the blind, but if you would really like to gain more than just basic skills, the Louisiana Center for the Blind is the place to make it happen.
 

I (or the teacher) initialize a code at the very beginning of the lesson and then tell the code to the student. The student inputs the code on their computer and I can bring their computer up on my screen, no matter the distance. Some students use Skype, others just use the phone so we can chat while giving the lesson. This lesson is one of my students completing an assignment using excel for her math class. Watch video on Youtube: Dr. Robinson teaches using Virtual Instruction

 

Lessons to help you teach and learn

Twelve main Excel Office 2003 Lessons  
Twelve main Excel Office 2010 Lessons

 

Type documents in Word and quickly translate them into Duxbury, a braille to print, print to braille translation program. Learn how to double space and insert codes and so much more. Watch video on Youtube: Duxbury braille translation-Computer tricks, Spanish & English Translation

Lesson to go with the video

Duxbury braille translation-computer tricks, Spanish and English Translation

Have you ever been walking with someone or in a classroom and they pointed out a picture or something to look at, but you could not tell what it was, as they described it? Well, you may not have poor vision but poor color distinction or possibly color blind.

Here is a simply test you can do right at home with your computer. Go to the Colorblind Home Page and test yourself. There is nothing that can be done for color blindness, but being aware of it will help in figuring out better strategies in learning. Different colors give different contrast whether color blind or not. Better contrast will lead to better learning.

Lessons to help with contrast

Low Vision Skills-Windows 7 Office 2010  
A. Low Vision-XP-Office 2003

 

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