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Free and Low-cost Braille Books

Free hard-copy braille books Temple Beth El Braille Book Bindery ** Temporarily closed due to COVID (as of May 13, 2021). Individuals may choose from many Braille books in either contracted or uncontracted Braille. The volunteers of Temple Beth El Sisterhood provide these books at no cost, but they welcome donations of Braille paper, Braille… Continue reading Free and Low-cost Braille Books

Accessible Software · Assistive Technology · COVID-19

Accessible Software for Blind/Low Vision Students In-person and Online

Twelve months have passed since schools in this nation began closing due to COVID-19 transmission concerns. Yet throughout the nation, blind/low vision students face unnecessary barriers to learning when school districts mandate the use of software that is inaccessible (or poorly-accessible) to screen readers. Schools’ continued use of inaccessible software is even more egregious. More… Continue reading Accessible Software for Blind/Low Vision Students In-person and Online

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Free, Accessible Technology Tools

Accessible software Meeting; Screen sharing Zoom meetings Word processing, spreadsheets, etc. Microsoft Office online Accessible Books Bookshare How to Sign Up for a Bookshare Account BEAR’s Offer to Serve as a Certifying Authority for Bookshare Sign-up National Library Service NFB Kernel Books (Stories by and about blind individuals, edited and distributed by the National Federation… Continue reading Free, Accessible Technology Tools

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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