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.


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 ...

Awareness of braille literacy is so important for students with visual impairments and their peers. It can not only help to demystify some of the tools students use, but can be a source of self-determination for our students as they teach their peers. We wanted to share a set of braille letters (one braille and print letter per page) that can be displayed in the classroom to s ...

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 ...

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) ...

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