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
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
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
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
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
What Kind of Cane Should I get? I recommend the NFB cane because of its light weight and its superior haptic and auditory feedback. An added bonus is that NFB offers any blind/low vision individual one free long white cane as often as once every six months. Please consider trying one out; you really have… Continue reading About Canes—What Kind? What Length?
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
When should a child know what Braille? Maryland College and Career Ready Standards for Unified English Braille Checklist https://www.dropbox.com/s/rpfusli93ofbuh5/MD_CCRS_UEB_BrlChklst.pdf?dl=0