Authentic Experiences

Have you ever heard of "region" (or "landmark") when navigating a website with a screen reader? If so, what are they, what do they do, and why are they important? These were some of the questions asked and answered when PRCVI did a group outreach visit near the end of the 2021-22 school year. Several TSVIs and visually impaired students came together to tackle some web navigat ...

On Friday, June 10, more than a hundred students with visual impairments and TSVIs, educational assistance, parents, siblings, and peers came out to participate in the Lower Mainland Sports Day for the first time in two years! The annual Sports Day, organized by local TSVIs, O&M specialists, and BC Blind Sports, with support provided by PRCVI, provides an accessible sports ...

Learning to stay organized is a crucial skill for visually impaired students to learn, and that doesn’t change just because students may be using more digital technology these days! Students need to be able to organize handouts, readings, research, and assignments, and be able to quickly find information during classes and group work. The topic of efficiently organizing and fin ...

When designing literacy activities, it is so important that they be inclusive to all students. Many of you know that ARC-BC provides an online repository of accessible digital materials to students with print disabilities in British Columbia. But did you know about ARC-BC materials available in PowerPoint format? PowerPoint books are available on ARC-BC as either .pps or .ppsx ...

A frequent request the outreach team receives here at PRCVI focuses on strategies for teaching students to use screen reading software such as JAWS, NVDA, or VoiceOver. We are always looking for games or activities to teach skills, rather than just memorizing a list of keyboard commands. At the recent closing ceremonies of the 2021 BC Regional Braille Challenge, which was held ...

Our friends at the Atlantic Provinces Special Education Authority recently shared with us a document that APSEA O&M Specialists and TSVIs use to determine which O&M skills are taught by the TSVI in collaboration with the O&M Specialist (Teaching Categories), which are taught by the O&M Specialist but reinforced by the TSVI (Reinforcing Categories), and which are ...

In BC, we are lucky to be surrounded by a rich abundance of nature that provides many opportunities for scientific exploration. Students with visual impairments can flourish in science curriculum when it is designed with accessibility and meaningfulness in mind. Students had an opportunity to take advantage of this direct access to the natural environment when they attended th ...

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