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Take a listen to this interview with Casey Robertson for the highlights from the 2013 Getting in Touch with Literacy conference. Having trouble accessing the embedded player above? Click here.
The post [AUDIO] Getting In Touch With Literacy 2013: Literacy, Numeracy, and Teddy Bears appeared first on Blog on Blindness.
Posted on 6 December 2013 | 9:51 am
Next week, a team of us from the Institute on Blindness will travel to New Orleans for the 2013 AER International O&M Conference. As I’ve prepared for the session that we’re co-leading with folks from Florida State and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, I’ve come to realize that this conference is world’s apart... Read more »
Posted on 5 December 2013 | 8:01 am
When it comes to adapting classroom materials, one of the most hotly-questioned subject areas is math. Thanks to Dr. Al Maneki of Maryland and a partnership with the National Center for Blind Youth & Science, answers to the most common questions are now easily searchable and available. The responses come from the “blind math” e-mail... Read more »
Posted on 26 November 2013 | 7:18 pm
In advance of next week’s Thanksgiving holiday, O&M teachers have been talking about buffets and big family dinners with their students. We’ve begun assembling a list of ideas, and we are eagerly awaiting your ideas, too. Please post them in the comments below. Here are a few ideas: Remember that this may be different for... Read more »
Posted on 21 November 2013 | 8:44 am
Too often, teachers for the blind are faced with a problem: they need to assess their legally blind students to determine what services they need. However, the braille assessments that exist are cumbersome, biased, unreliable, or expensive. Fortunately, there is a solution that solves all of these issues. As we previously reported, the current issue... Read more »
Posted on 21 November 2013 | 7:54 am
Last week, we posted an overview about the U.S. transition to UEB, unified English Braille. While the Braille Authority of North America has posted a useful guide to the updated symbols and rules, I’ve been using UEB for nearly a year and still find myself looking up how to use the new punctuation marks. Sharon... Read more »
Posted on 14 November 2013 | 7:30 am
I came across a story from MedCity News yesterday entitled, “Sensors, cameras, GPS & algorithms meet in a wearable device to help the blind navigate.” Through a partnership between Draper Laboratory, Auburn University, and the National Federation of the Blind, researchers are hoping to create an entirely new class of technology. The story reports “Current... Read more »
The post Combining Artificial Intelligence and a Long White Cane appeared first on Blog on Blindness.
Posted on 8 November 2013 | 9:51 am
The current braille code is tough for elementary students, for there is no way for a transcriber to differentiate between bold, underlined, italicized and colored text. Writing words that have numbers and letters is cumbersome. There’s a need to frequently switch between computer and literary braille. There are workarounds, but “We want a code that... Read more »
Posted on 8 November 2013 | 9:27 am
Benetech—the company behind Bookshare, the online clearinghouse for accessible textbooks—has just released a survey aimed at teachers who work with students who are blind or have low vision. “This project aims to gather information on the potential use of three-dimensional (3D) printing with students who are visually impaired in kindergarten through postsecondary grades. We are... Read more »
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Posted on 4 November 2013 | 9:40 am
It’s most recent issue of the Journal of Asynchronous Learning Network, the Sloan Consortium posted an interview with representatives from the National Federation of the Blind and the Association of Higher Education And Disability (AHEAD). The abstract describes it best: “Success for online students with disabilities requires an institutional commitment to accessibility. This success also... Read more »
Posted on 1 November 2013 | 7:57 am