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iOS apps Developed Specifically for People who are Blind or Low Vision

I'm sure many people know, but in case you don't there are iOS apps developed specifically for people who are blind or low vision. And if you are unfamiliar with the AppleVis website it is an excellent resource for iOS apps and podcasts. http://www.applevis.com/apps/ios-apps-for-blind-and-vision-impaired
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Accessible Books for Texas

Most of you already know about this, but if you don't here a link to a website that explains the partnership between the State of Texas and Bookshare. http://www.accessiblebooks4tx.org.  The original focus of the the project is to educate educators on digital talking books, who qualifies for services, and how to obtain these books.   There are three outreach coordinators hired by Benetech (parent company of Bookshare) assigned to serve various ESC regions.  If need help with Bookshare issues this might be a good place to start finding answers to questions you might have.  Hope you find it useful. Patrick Van Geem, TVI Assistive Technology Consultant
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U.S. Department of Education Mathematics Instructional Materials

U.S. Department of Education Encourages Use of New Guidelines for Accessible Math & Science Instructional Materials On June 22, 2012 the U.S. Department of Education released a “Dear Colleague” letter encouraging states and local education agencies to request that textbook publishers use the most recent version of the Mathematical Markup Language (MathML) Structure Guidelines when providing accessible instructional materials to students who are blind or who have print disabilities. According to the National Instructional Materials Accessibility Standard Center (Center), use of the new MathML3 guidelines will improve the accessibility of mathematical and scientific content in core instructional materials for students who are unable to access traditional print materials.
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E-Texts

For my first blog entry, I want to share an editorial that was written by Nicholas Carr and first published in the Dallas Morning News on August 5, 2011. You can find the text of the editorial here: http://www.macon.com/schools-beware-the-e-book-bandwagon.html Let me start with a disclaimer that I am a fan of Nicholas Carr. This link will open a webpage containing a quick biography of him: http://www.nicholasgcarr.com I have been struck by his thoughts about how recent changes in technology are affecting brain development. What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains is amazing and scary all at once. It is also controversial and not universally accepted. Contrast Carr’s editorial with Governor Rick Perry’s call (reported April 7, 2010) to do away with all paper textbooks by 2014: http://www.nbcdfw.com/Gov-Perry-Wants-School-Texts-to-be-Online-Only-by-2014.html Clearly, Texas is not the only state looking at doing away with paper texts. And I will agree with some of the points...
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