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Are you and your students baffled by what to do when a braille device asks for computer braille input? (Or maybe you've wondered what the gibberish displayed when a braille device is not connected to anything means!) The PRCVI outreach team has created a guide for teachers on how to enter braille ASCII, otherwise known as "computer braille", into a braille device. We hope you ...

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 ...

EA Rubric - Essential Assessments for Students who are Visually Impaired This post highlights innovative and timely work done by our colleague by the Michigan Department of Education - Low Incidence Outreach (MDE-LIO) team. The MDE-LIO team has created a series of rubrics to assess the quality of essential assessments (e.g., Functional Vision Assessment, Learning Media Assessm ...

Microsoft Word has several features that are useful for commenting on documents. These features include Track Changes, which allow groups to collaborate on editing documents, as well as comments, which allow individuals to make suggestions or provide feedback. These features are often used within post-secondary and workplace environments. The PRCVI outreach team has provided s ...

As a follow up to our original guide for supporting students with visual impairments using Microsoft Teams, we have created two guides that are focused on input devices for iOS with VoiceOver - a QWERTY keyboard or a braille display with six-key entry.  VoiceOver Navigation in Microsoft Teams with a Braille Display VoiceOver Navigation in Microsoft Teams with a QWERTY Keyboar ...

Due to our regular work with alternate format materials, it is important for teachers of students with visual impairments to understand the use of copyrighted material under the federal Copyright Act. At this time, we know that teachers may be looking for information on how to responsibly share learning content online, and so we wanted to create a blog post that summarizes the ...

The newest version of NVDA contains several new features that are helpful for teachers. These new features provide visual on-screen feedback of the keyboard focus and braille output. Focus Highlight The Focus Highlight feature can eb used to highlight where the current keyboard focus is on screen. Focus Highlight highlights the system focus (normal keyboard focus, such as i ...

Windows 10 contains many more features for people with low vision than previous versions of Windows! Int his post, we’ll outline the features that could be helpful to students with low vision and link to helpful resources. Since these are all built-in to Windows, they can be set up on any computer with no additional cost or software. Learn more about all the features outlined ...

The PRCVI outreach team has had quite a few requests this school year for assistance with students who are just getting started with VoiceOver on iOS devices. Here, we've compiled some apps that will help students learn and practice VoiceOver gestures and some accessible and educational games to practice their new skills! For students who may not be familiar with terms such as ...

The PRCVI outreach team attended the Getting in Touch with Literacy Conference in Seattle, WA from November 14-16, 2019. We've prepared an overview of the sessions we attended along with links to presentation notes and resources. Turning on Touch Thinking: From Tactile Discrimination to Braille Letter Identification This presentation by Donna McNear focused on teaching tactil ...

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