November 2011

Learn how to select words, sentences and paragraphs, spell check easily as you go, move quickly around the page.. Watch video on YouTube to get you going., pub-3447701155434117, DIRECT, f08c47fec0942fa0

Lessons to help teach:

Five Lessons on how to change Font sizes, styles and color, including how to control JAWS

Office 2003 & 2010-Change or resize the font and size of letters and words

Word- Move and select text quickly

Office 2003 & 2010-Changing Font and format styles

Office 2010—aligning and moving around text

Word-changing font color in a text document

3 months into learning how to type on a laptop- Watch on YouTube. This is her main tool for outputting work and sending the work to her teacher through email. She knows how to use almost every aspect of WORD to do all types of work.

Lessons to help teach these skills

Eight lessons on and JAWS

Everything you need to use GMAIL in basic HTML or standard view

SKYPE—for Regular Vision, Low Vision, and Blind

JAWS and Internet—how to get Going and Moving

Everything to get you going in WORD Office 2010 and Windows 7 with keystrokes for Sighted

Everything to get you going in WORD Office 2003 and XP

Everything to get you going in WORD Office 2010 and Windows 7 with JAWS

Everything to get you going in WORD Office 2010 and Windows 7 with Window EYES




There can be a problem and the "YES" people immediately start thinking of a solution. Problems get resolved, with some work behind it, but in general GREAT things constantly occur. The work pays off, people move ahead. This is VERY true where education is concerned. When a problem seems like a mountain, it takes "YES" people to make change.

On the other side are the "NO" people. A situation is presented and an immediate "NO" comes out. Whether they are more inclined toward negatively or just do NOT want to do the work. The first answer and subsequent answers are NO. This too, is devastating where education of children are concerned. It is very hard to move ahead when the "NO" people are constantly putting up roadblocks…even for the people who want to do the work and make the change.

"The person who says it cannot be done, should NOT interrupt the one who is doing it." by John Mason

For all those "YES" people who need just a little boost.
"Sticks and Stones Are Only Thrown at Fruit-Bearing Trees" by John Mason

Hundreds of apps at and log in you can pull up the electronic version of this list and it will take you directly to the apple app store.

Lessons to help you get going:at iTools

Read2go: 19.99

iBooks app    FREE 

Quickvoice Recorder    FREE

Dragon Dictation app    FREE

GoodReader for iPad    99 Cents

Google Mobile Apps     FREE

Tap Typing     FREE

Speak it  app   $1.99 (foreign language voices available)

Goldilocks     99 cents

Audiobooks   FREE

Bob Books Reading Magic Lite    FREE

Toy Story    FREE  

Milly Molly and the Bike Ride     $4.99

Alice for the iPad Lite    FREE

Sentence Builder    $2.99

Stanza reader     FREE 

Soundnote for iPad     $4.99

Web Reader app   $1.99  

iPad and Low Vision Tricks Free Video

iPad with Voice Over and external Keyboard Free video

iPad- Voice Over-Refreshabraille and using the Internet Free Video

 Special Ed eCOVE Observation    FREE

Proloquo2go  AAC app    $189.99

TapToTalk     FREE


iCommunicate     $4.99 

SoundAMP   FREE  

Pronunciation Power     $2.99 

Braille trainer app     $1.99

iSign Lite    FREE 

Sign 4 Me   $9.99

Numbers   $9.99

Keynote    $9.99

Mathboard Addition   FREE

Star Walk     $2.99

Frog dissection     $4.99

iA Writer $1.99-$4

Pages for iPad-a word processor-$9.99


iPad in Education

Favorite Apple Apps  Apple – Education – Apps

Apple Accessibility   

iPods & iPads in the Classroom   

Learn how to pair an external keyboard and braille display at: Other Blind Tools

More Lessons to help you get going:at iTools

Learn some basic JAWS talking software commands in WORD. Watch this video that gives you audio information with keystrokes and demonstrates the hand positioning of JAWS talking software commands:

Lessons to help teach skills:

Five Lessons on how to change Font sizes, styles and color, including how to control JAWS

Word—Writing and formatting a document –left, right and center alignment

Office 2003 & 2010-WORD – Color & Style Font and format

Office 2003 & 2010-Changing Font and format styles

Office 2010-Word-Students who need to create a spelling list

Office 2003-Word-Students who need to create a spelling list

Dr. Denise Robinson demonstrates some basic JAWS commands in Word on Youtube

If you learn perfect touch typing, always starting on HOME ROW, using a s d f j k l ; your fingers will learn to fly across the keyboard, easily typing over 100 wpm. JAWS talking software is talking in the background. Watch Video on YouTube- Perfect touch typing to type FAST!

Lessons to help teach skills

Everything to get you going in WORD Office 2003 and XP  
Everything to get you going in WORD Office 2010 and Windows 7 with JAWS  
Everything to get you going in WORD Office 2010 and Windows 7 with Window EYES


Place all 8 fingers at the start of the top of the braille line, light touch, slightly spaced, slightly arched hands as if you could put a small ball in the palm –Watch video at: Dr. Robinson teaches How to Learn to Read Braille fast and easily

. The focus will be on the pointer fingers to read,  but all fingers will do something…those other fingers will be giving information back about the braille coming up, lines ending, holding the page in place and so on.. Correct fingering will enable a faster reader.

To start with young children,  I straddle  their chair (they sitting in a small chair, mine larger so I can sit behind them and reach around them more easily)  I  hold their hands in the correct position, placing my middle finger in their palm and lightly touching their hands to help them move it across the page and split when they need. This helps them understand the movement and positioning of their hands.

Using 11 x11 paper, as you want them to create flow,  both hands start out the line and about 2-4 words in, the hands split and the right hand finishes the line as the left hand goes down to begin reading the next line. I anchor my left finger on the beginning of the line, so it is easy to go back and down to find the next line. Smaller fingers may anchor with their pinky finger, longer fingers anchor with their ring or middle finger, it is up to the child. The right hand joins the left about 2-4 words in (at first this will be VERY slow, that is ok, just keep practicing). When I am guiding their hands, I will actually hold the right hand to stay while the left gets going so the child sees how to finish reading with the right, begin reading with the left, THEN they join and the right hand finishes the line again.

The reason I say read 2-4 words is you will have left dominate hand readers, I allow them to read in further, maybe even half way across the page or more. The left hand will move across faster and get down to the next line more quickly than if you made the less dominate right hand do most of the reading. Be flexible, go with the child's strength so find out which hand is the dominate hand.

To get good reading speed, have them type 3-4 words about themselves over and over.(I like cats.)  Half way down the page, have them type another simple sentence (I like dogs.) …using contractions and similar words. Then have them practice reading it using the above method. You will not have to hold their hands long as they will learn the words quickly and be able to read on their own, practicing the flow of words and movement of their hands.

The repetition of reading the same words over and over at first is needed. You can create different sentences and homework every day and they learn fast. Make it about them and it will keep their interest. Then send it home for homework. They will not do what they cannot read easily, so do not send something they cannot read well yet. This method takes care of that issue for beginners. Back this up with a computer lesson and braille display and you will have an awesome mixture of instruction that will move this child along fast.

Lessons and articles to help you:

First Steps in Great Braille Readers

Beginner Braille Reading sheet

Braille Cheat Sheets

Free Braille Books-Where to go to get Books

How to STOP scrubbing While reading Braille

The Synchronicity of Braille & Technology

Braille Rap Song Lyrics

Rap Song to Learn Braille

Fast Braille Reading

Braille Instruction begins at 3 years old


My high school students are required to make Bar Graphs and XY Line Plot Graphs; others also, but these 2 are the most common.

I always start them out doing it the long way. For example, on the bar graph, they learn how to make the title on the left hand side read top to bottom, so the words are flipped. They learn how to merge cells and color them in with their favorite color (Yep, even completely blind students have favorite colors), change font, and anything else the other students are doing.

When they completely learn how to do the graphs the long way, I then show them the shorter way, where they only have to type in the numbers that are going to be plotted. They then only have to select the numbers and insert any type of graph they need. They then can color, change the font, title, lines, and anything else to make it represent exactly as the teacher has requested, but it is a computer generated graph that would be used for business. So they are learning future skills for employment too.

One of my student's paras had posed the question of how her student was going to do a bar graph the other day. When I showed them, the long and short way, she and the student were completely amazed. Even doing it the long way, which took about 4 minutes, and of course you can make the graphs look so beautiful and so readable for the blind student. When the student emailed off the assignment to the teacher, she was amazed too.

Watch video to help you get going: Dr Robinson teaches you how to merge and color cells, and center text

Lessons to help you:

Twelve main Excel Office 2003 Lessons

Twelve main Excel Office 2010 Lessons

Excel Office 2003-Creating a bar graph

Excel Office 2010-Creating a bar graph

Excel Office 2003-Creating a line plot graph

Excel Office 2010-Creating a line plot scatter graph

Excel-Office 2003- Shading an XY Line Plot Graph

Excel-Office 2010- Shading an XY Line Plot Graph

Excel Office 2003-Shading a graph – reselecting the graph

Excel Office 2010-Shading a graph – reselecting the graph

One big advantage of grouping students in one school is the increase of social skills. These 2 became a couple because of all they had in common. Yes, they could get around school by themselves, but it is so much more fun when you are in a group of 2. This is in a high school of more than 2000. You need good cane skills. Click on and Watch O&M made Fun

Articles to help you:

Orientation & Mobility Made Fun

Basic Orientation & Mobility for Elementary School

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