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ACT Streamlines Accommodations Eligibility Requirements for Students with IEPs, 504 Plans—Sort of

ACT has announced that it “plans to increase accessibility to the ACT test for students with disabilities by streamlining accommodations eligibility requirements. ACT will approve allowable accommodations already included in students’ Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) or 504 plans. Beginning with the 2021-22 testing year, students who already receive accommodations at their school under the Individuals… Continue reading ACT Streamlines Accommodations Eligibility Requirements for Students with IEPs, 504 Plans—Sort of

Advocacy Resources · Education Resources · Nemeth Code (for math) · Nemeth Code (for math)

Securing Nemeth Code Instruction

As noted in earlier blogs in this series, many braille-reading students in the U.S. have been caught in some states’ inexplicable move to UEB Technical (a move that: (1) is not supported by the resolution bringing UEB to this country, (2) is not supported by student data, and (3) poses a great risk of harm… Continue reading Securing Nemeth Code Instruction

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Nemeth Code Used for All College Board Tests Involving Math and Science

College Board supports only Nemeth Code The College Board offers Braille tests ONLY in UEB and with Nemeth Code for math. Braille test materials are available in Unified English Braille (UEB) with Nemeth Code for math. Students approved for braille will receive a braille test book, Guide to the Nemeth Code, and Braille Reference Information for… Continue reading Nemeth Code Used for All College Board Tests Involving Math and Science

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Braille for Math? Tell Me More

Yes, as noted in A Brief Introduction to Braille in the United States, braille readers have access to specialized mathematical and scientific notation using braille. As noted in the BANA resolution that adopted Unified English Braille in the U.S., “Braille Authority of North America (BANA) adopts Unified English Braille to replace the current English Braille… Continue reading Braille for Math? Tell Me More

Advocacy Resources · Braille · Braille Use · Education Resources · Nemeth Code (for math) · Nemeth Code (for math)

Current Status of Nemeth Code Use in the United States

As set forth in A Brief Introduction to Braille in the United States, the moved to Unified English Braille (UEB) was not intended to include braille notation for either math or science: “Braille Authority of North America (BANA) adopts Unified English Braille to replace the current English Braille American Edition in the United States while… Continue reading Current Status of Nemeth Code Use in the United States

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A Brief Introduction to Braille Currently Used in the United States

Many people know that individuals who are blind/have low vision can use a nonvisual means for reading and writing: Braille. Braille is a code with which we can create expressive written communication and with which we can access written communication created by others. Unlike American Sign Language, braille is NOT a language; it is only… Continue reading A Brief Introduction to Braille Currently Used in the United States

Audio and Electronic Books · Braille · Free Resources · Resources for Educators

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

Free Resources

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