Free Resources

Free, Accessible Technology Tools

Accessible software Screen reader, Screen Magnifer, OR Combination Software Freedom Scientific is providing all users in the United States and Canada access to a special home license during the COVID-19 crisis free of charge. The license will work uninterrupted until June 30, 2020. This special Home Annual license works for ZoomText, JAWS, or Fusion on… Continue reading Free, Accessible Technology Tools

Education Resources

Questions to Ask A School for the Blind Before Enrolling Your Child

Regarding academics: 1. How do the school’s students do on state examinations? (Note that, on the whole, blind students outperform students in state examinations – but they do not outperform their non-disabled peers. HOWEVER, please note that you don’t want to rely too much on these scores – because you probably don’t want a school… Continue reading Questions to Ask A School for the Blind Before Enrolling Your Child

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Free Braille Books

Braille Reading Pals program (for blind/low vision children from birth through seven years old), part of the Early Childhood Initiative program offered by the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) https://www.nfb.org/programs-services/early-childhood-initiatives/early-childhood-application Free Braille Books Program from the American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults (AAF) https://actionfund.org/free-braille-books Temple Beth El Braille Braille Bindery—Individuals may choose… Continue reading Free Braille Books

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Braille Reference Resources (Literary, Math/Science, Music, Spanish)

Literary Braille Chart of the English Braille alphabet  https://www.dropbox.com/sh/kix6rriia44ejig/AAB7jQ7UIfb8pK_TvCv4Z9qoa?dl=0 Chart of all contractions used in literary Unified English Braille (UEB) https://www.dropbox.com/s/02ryuqzupokx00h/UEB%20Contraction%20Chart%20from%20Duxbury.pdf?dl=0 Full Code Book for Unified English Braille (UEB) https://www.dropbox.com/s/p1vnh8qe243p13y/rulesofunifiedenglishbraillepdf.pdf?dl=0 Nemeth Code (Math and Science Braille) Basic Nemeth Code “cheat sheet” https://www.dropbox.com/sh/kix6rriia44ejig/AAB7jQ7UIfb8pK_TvCv4Z9qoa?dl=0 Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired page about Nemeth Code for… Continue reading Braille Reference Resources (Literary, Math/Science, Music, Spanish)

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Free Canes and Cane Travel Resources

Free Long White Canes Long white canes provided through a program of the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) and the American Action Fund (AAF) https://freecane.nfb.org// For blind/low vision children from birth through seven years old, the free Early Explorers, part of the Early Childhood Initiative program offered by the National Federation of the Blind… Continue reading Free Canes and Cane Travel Resources

COVID-19

Information about COVID-19 Letter from the U.S. Department of Education—March 12, 2020

In a document distributed on Thursday, March 12, 2020, the U.S. Department of Education addressed issues related to the provision of IEP services when schools are closing. Highlights are as follows: If the school is closed: If the school is not providing any “educational opportunities” to students in regular education, the school is not required… Continue reading Information about COVID-19 Letter from the U.S. Department of Education—March 12, 2020