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Copyright Law Exceptions for Blind/Low Vision Individuals, Including Students

History of copyright protections Copyright laws are a backbone of our nation. We borrowed them from England, where the oldest copyright is now more than 500 years old. Originally, copyright laws protected the publishers, not the authors, of written text. Copyright laws in the United states focus more on authors than on publishers; the United… Continue reading Copyright Law Exceptions for Blind/Low Vision Individuals, Including Students

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Best Practices in Distance Instruction

Change can be difficult and scary. Unwanted change stirs up even more emotions. Add in a public health emergency and statewide stay-at-home orders, and many talented professionals will struggle with the planning and implementation of new ways to perform familiar tasks. For the most part, distance instruction need not be a great departure from in-person… Continue reading Best Practices in Distance Instruction

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Documentaries and Documentary Series Now Available for Free on Netflix’s U.S. YouTube Channel

Netflix has offered free access to high-quality documentaries to teachers for years. Now that schools are closed, Netflix has opened access to all. Most of these videos have educational resources prepared for them, from short educational guides to full website. Links to these educational resources are embedded in the bracketed text following the title. Regarding… Continue reading Documentaries and Documentary Series Now Available for Free on Netflix’s U.S. YouTube Channel

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Review of Guidance Issued by the U.S. Department of Education Regarding Students with Disabilities

See related blog: USDOE Causes Confusion as It Seeks to Spur Into Action “Frightened” School District Officials See related blog: FAPE for Blind/Low Vision Students During School Closures Background Since the COVID-19 pandemic gripped our nation, schools have sought guidance regarding education services to students with disabilities during school closures. The U.S. Department of Education… Continue reading Review of Guidance Issued by the U.S. Department of Education Regarding Students with Disabilities

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FAPE for Blind/Low Vision Students During School Closures

What kinds of blind/low vision student services CAN be provided via distance technology? Many, many services can be provided this way. Distance instruction in each of the following has been done successfully during the COVID-19 emergency and for many years before the emergency began: Academic core content Math Language Arts (reading, writing, spelling) Social Studies… Continue reading FAPE for Blind/Low Vision Students During School Closures

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USDOE Causes Confusion as It Seeks to Spur Into Action “Frightened” School District Officials

Guidance Issued to Encourage Schools to Provide Educational Opportunities to Students On March 21, 2020, the United States Department of Education (USDOE) issued guidance directly addressing concerns schools have put forth regarding special education services. At the time, some schools were claiming that they could not provide ANY educational services to any students because they… Continue reading USDOE Causes Confusion as It Seeks to Spur Into Action “Frightened” School District Officials

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Sign Up for Bookshare—BEAR Can Help

Bookshare is a service that provides accessible books to qualifying individuals (with one or more of the following conditions: Visual impairment, including blindness, Learning disability that affects reading, Other physical disability). In order to get Bookshare, an individual must be certified as having a qualifying disability. Bookshare is free for K-12, post-secondary, and a rehabilitation… Continue reading Sign Up for Bookshare—BEAR Can Help

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Spreadsheets to Track Important Information

As an itinerant teacher, I remember the importance of tracking EVERYTHING. I tracked mileage. I tracked time spent providing direct instruction to students, time providing support to school personnel, and student absences. My accessible materials specialist tracked the dates on which she received materials from teachers, the time she spent making materials accessible, and the… Continue reading Spreadsheets to Track Important Information

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One Parent’s Reflections: Online Instruction At Home Before COVID-19

Almost three years ago, my family made a major change in our blind child’s schooling. I  prepared to leave full-time employment, and we prepared to switch from a brick-and-mortar school to an online charter school—with an IEP (individualized education program) for a blind, dyslexic student with speech and other needs. In the past few weeks,… Continue reading One Parent’s Reflections: Online Instruction At Home Before COVID-19

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Free Sources of Accessible Online Lessons and Lesson Ideas

BEAR Blog: http://www.bearadvocacy.com/ BEAR YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGNmE6rIbNylg1qIN4FUsXw Distance Education Resources from the National Federation of the Blind (NFB): https://www.nfb.org/resources/distance-education-resources Virtual ExCEL Academy: https://www.pathstoliteracy.org/resources/virtual-learning-academy National Homework Hotline for Blind/Visually Impaired Students (NHH-BVI): https://www.pathstoliteracy.org/resources/national-homework-hotline-blindvisually-impaired-students-nhh-bvi?fbclid=IwAR1_inqhXwdi4zXe0MfVwyFDCbxze7Gn7bt5oGlopkpI_9jLaCvsDbPPOAU