Welcome to #Outreaching!

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#Outreaching is a blog about all things outreach from the Teachers of Students with Visual Impairments at PRCVI.

We use this space to keep our community updated on what we've been doing around the province and to post interesting news and features. Please feel free to post in the comments - we would love to hear from you.

For more information on PRCVI outreach services, please see our main outreach page or contact an Outreach Coordinator.


The PRCVI Outreach team sometimes gets questions about how to read foreign languages, such as French, with screen reading software. By default, most screen readers should read foreign languages as long as they are marked up correctly within the document. But sometimes, settings may have been adjusted or a different speech synthesizer needs to be used. We have created a guide o ...

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 ...

On Friday, June 19, 2020, Vince Tomassetti, Program Manager at Assistive Technology - British Columbia (AT-BC), joined PRCVI for a discussion on what students should know about getting assistive technology in place in post-secondary education. This informative one-hour session was attended remotely by students and TSVIs from across the province. The conversation was not recorde ...

On Friday, June 12, 2020, Corrie Playford, Accessibility Librarian at the Centre for Accessible Post-Secondary Education Resources (CAPER-BC) joined PRCVI for a discussion on what students should know about accessible educational materials heading into their post-secondary careers. This informative hour-long session was attended remotely by TSVIs and students from across BC via ...

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 ...

Many teachers are using the Microsoft Teams app on iOS devices with their students. The PRCVI outreach team has spent some time testing the app with VoiceOver and determining the most efficient strategies for navigation using gestures. This first guide covers general navigation of the app with VoiceOver commands. VoiceOver Navigation in Microsoft Teams (PDF) ...

With many students using iPads to access online curriculum resources, we have created some guides to how to use VoiceOver features that may be helpful.Two guides cover how to use and customize the VoiceOver rotor. The rotor feature allows for rapid navigation around the screen, rather than having to move through every on-screen item searching for the needed content. VoiceOver ...

With the growing number of online meetings that students are participating in nowadays, they may need to share their screen with their teachers or other meeting participants. For students who use VoiceOver on iPads/iPhones, we've created a couple of guides that navigate the process for screen sharing during online meetings in Zoom or Microsoft Teams.  VoiceOver Screen Sharing ...

Are you supporting families that are new to braille and need a braille reference sheet? Check out this great printable that includes diagrams of each braille cell with cell numbers labelled. This can help facilitate parents and their learner to use the same language around the dot composition of a braille cell when working on skills at home.  On the second page, we've included ...

Many school districts throughout the province are implementing Microsoft Teams for distance learning. Teams is quite accessible to blind and visually impaired students, but information on how to set up Teams for students can sometimes be hard to find. We've created some resources to help TSVIs in getting their students up and running with Teams. Below are several reference doc ...

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