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Apps for Independence in the Community and Orientation and Mobility

Apps for Independence in the Community and Orientation and Mobility I have a penchant for buying apps to check which work best for various activities. Here are a few favorites that are either specifically designed for blind or visually impaired users, or are apps that work well with VoiceOver. Many are multiplatform and available on iOS via the Apple Store, Android via Google Play, and Windows Phone via Windows Phone Store. GPS Apps: Apple Maps and Siri (built in iOS app, free) Apple Maps is built into iOS devices and can provide spoken location information and pedestrian directions, but it needs to tie into other apps to provide routing directions that involve public transportation Google Maps with Google Now and Talkback (free) Can provide location and directions with spoken information [https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/google-maps/id585027354?mt=8] [https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.maps&hl=en] BlindSquare Terrific GPS app that is tailored to travlers who are blind and visually impaired. It integrates with other...
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Teaching Business Software Applications

A few years ago one credit of the required 21 credits needed for graduation from high school in the state of Texas is Technology Applications. Included in this curriculum are three choices that meet the State Board of Education standards. The choices are: Computer Science (geek stuff for writing computer scripts), Multimedia Production (video editing, animation, and graphic design), and Business Computer Information Systems (business computer applications). By imposing this, schools were trying to make sure students have some computer technology skills by graduation. It is no longer a required credit for graduation. This means school districts are on their own. Some districts still have it as a “local” requirement for graduation. For us as vision teachers this may be a relief, however, this can be a problem. One of the choices, Business Computer Information Systems (BCIS) give students a basic knowledge (exposure) to spreadsheets, word processing, databases, desktop publishing, and...
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