Tips for English Teachers with Blind or Visually Impaired Students

In this video, Caitlyn provides ten tips for English teachers with blind or visually impaired students. These tips are primarily meant for elementary and high school English teachers, but some will apply to college classes as well. 1. Maintain communication with your blind student and/or their TVI, (teacher of the visually impaired). All blind studentsContinue reading “Tips for English Teachers with Blind or Visually Impaired Students”

The Pros and Cons of Being Blind in 2020

In this episode of the Challenge Solutions Podcast, Caitlyn, Cole, and Macy discuss the pros and cons of being blind in 2020 from murder hornets, to Covid, to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Be sure to stay tuned for the bloopers at the end!

Helping the Blind One at the Holiday Gathering

In this video, Caitlyn shares five tips for helping the blind one at the holiday gathering. Large gatherings can be somewhat overwhelming and difficult for blind people to navigate independently, so these are some ways you can help. 1. Include them in conversation. Blind people do not have the luxury of walking up to whoeverContinue reading “Helping the Blind One at the Holiday Gathering”

Christmas Activities for Blind and Visually Impaired Children

In this video, Macy shares ten Christmas themed activities to do with blind or visually impaired children. These activities can be done as a family or with a group of friends. However, the blind or visually impaired child will most likely need a significant amount of one-on-one interaction, so be sure that they are fullyContinue reading “Christmas Activities for Blind and Visually Impaired Children”

Gift Ideas for the Blind and Visually Impaired

You don’t necessarily have to go out of your way to find a blindness-specific gift for the blind or visually impaired person in your life. You can pretty much give blind people anything you would give a sighted person as long as it can be appreciated without vision. Blind people appreciate Amazon gift cards asContinue reading “Gift Ideas for the Blind and Visually Impaired”

An Introduction to the Focus 40 Blue Refreshable Braille Display

In this video, Caitlyn provides an introduction to the Focus 40 Blue’s features and briefly explains the functionality of each of the buttons.

A Comparison of Three Screen Readers: JAWS, NVDA, and Voiceover

In this video, Caitlyn compares and contrasts the top three screen readers: JAWS, NVDA, and Voiceover.

Using Google Classroom for iOS with Voiceover

Google Classroom is the learning management system used by most public schools in Arkansas. The Classroom app for iOS is typically the easiest platform for blind and visually impaired students to access their Google classes. In this video, Macy talks about Google Classroom and discusses the layout of the Classroom app. Click here for theContinue reading “Using Google Classroom for iOS with Voiceover”

General Guidelines For Making Online Classes Accessible to Blind and Visually Impaired Students

1. Maintain a consistent layout for the online course. Screen reader users tend to memorize the layout of websites they visit often. It is difficult for blind and visually impaired students to quickly scan webpages for newly added content, so it is important that new information is consistently posted to the same location within theContinue reading “General Guidelines For Making Online Classes Accessible to Blind and Visually Impaired Students”