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The abacus is a valuable tool for students with visual impairments. It provides them with an accessible manipulative that can enable them to work quickly through even complex math problems. PRCVI has a number of resources that can be helpful when teaching this compensatory skill to students with visual impairments. The Abacus There are several tools available in the APH catal ...

Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year! With many new TSVIs starting work in itinerant roles, this article from Paths to Literacy could not be more timely. Written by our friend Charlotte Cushman, it is filled with incredibly useful tips for those colleagues just starting their itinerant voyage.  20 Tips for New Itinerant TSVIs and COMS I thought it might be helpful to add some ...

On Saturday, June 22 the 19th annual International Braille Challenge Finals were held in Los Angeles. This year's event coincided with the 100th anniversary of the Braille Institute - the organization and team behind this incredible event. Each year, the top ten finalists in each contest category from Apprentice to Varsity are invited to Los Angeles to compete. The finals ki ...

This week is National AccessAbility Awareness Week in Canada. The week, which lasts from May 26 to June 1, celebrates and raises awareness about the importance of accessibility and inclusive design in areas such as work, school, leisure activities, and communities. Activities and events are being held in provinces across Canada, including virtual celebrations through the #Acces ...

Classroom teachers may have many questions about having a student with a visual impairment in their classrooms. If you're looking for a resource to help guide teachers who have a student with a visual impairment in their class, a new resource has noe become availbale. The online course was developed by Dr. Tina Herzberg and Dr. Penny Rosenblum is available for classroom teache ...

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 ...

Do you have a student working towards independent access to print? One option for on-the-go access to print is using a mobile app. While there are many apps out there that perform OCR (optical character recognition) to convert images to text, here are several that have been designed specifically for individuals with visual impairments. These apps can be used on their own, or in ...

We're very excited to introduce a new title now available in print/braille from the PRCVI Library. "What a Wonderful World!" is written and illustrated by Kelsey, a grade two student who reads and writes in braille (and a great competitor at the Braille Challenge each year!).   Kelsey and her family self-published a book of Kelsey's writing and drawings to raise funds for Blin ...

Eye appointments can be a busy and stressful event for both parents and children. With so much going on—doctors who may be new, other medical staff, medical tests, an unfamiliar environment, and possibly a busy schedule with multiple appointments—it can be very helpful, not to mention more efficient, to come fully prepared for what to expect. Teachers of students with visual im ...

More and more devices have been incorporating accessibility features throughout the past decade. First the Mac, then iOS devices, then Android devices, and finally Windows incorporated screen reader and magnification features. Windows made major updates to Narrator, its built-in screen reader, with the release of Windows 8 and Windows 10. And with the latest update to Windows 1 ...

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