• logo Hi, all! I am always in the process of adding to and updating this website with Vision and Orientation and Mobility Resources! Please stay safe and healthy and check back frequently!

     

    Steve Raparelli

    Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist

    Teacher of the Visually Impaired 425-385-4600

     


    Chromebook Magnification:

     

    • Please see this video for information on how to easily magnify on your Chromebook!

     

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=2&v=fbhQLjxA34Q&feature=emb_logo

     

    Click on through "Interesting Web Resources" link ot left or copy and paste the address above.

     

    Zoom in or magnify your Chromebook screen

    To see items on your Chromebook screen better, you can change your screen resolution, zoom in, or magnify your screen.

    Make a page bigger or smaller

    You can make the page you're looking at bigger or smaller, but keep other parts of your screen the same size.

    · To make the page bigger: Press Ctrl and Plus .

    · To make the page smaller: Press Ctrl and Minus .

    · Reset zoom: Press Ctrl + 0. You can also make all pages bigger or change the font size.

    Make everything on your screen bigger or smaller

    You can make everything on your screen bigger or smaller, including your row of apps and tabs, by changing your screen resolution.

    · To make your screen bigger, decrease resolution: Press Ctrl + Shift and Plus .

    · To make your screen smaller, increase resolution: Press Ctrl + Shift and Minus .

    · Reset resolution: Press Ctrl + Shift + 0.

    Note: On a touchscreen, touch and hold an area with two fingers. Then spread them apart to zoom in, or pinch them together to zoom out.

    Please see this video:

    (go to link page or copy link)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=2&v=fbhQLjxA34Q&feature=emb_logo

     

     


     

    Accessible books in large print, audio, and braille!

     

    Bookshare.org is a wonderful resource that allows students, teachers, and parents to download a wide variety of textbooks, fiction, and non-fiction. Right now they have relaxed their rules on downloading. They also have apps called Dolphin Easy Reader and Read2Go. Both work with Bookshare. If you have a bookshare account you can now download books without needing a teacher to choose them first.

     

    If you are in need of something to read and you have access to a computer, tablet, mobile device, or third-party player with internet capabilities, please make use of the Washington Talking Books and Braille Library's Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD) website and BARD mobile app, which allows you to access all of our talking books and digital braille files.

     

    Go to https://nlsbard.loc.gov/login/NLS for more information on BARD.


     

    Suggested Orientation and Mobility Activities with a Parent or Guardian:

     

    • Take student on a walk near your home and practice some of the basic cane O&M techniques he/she has learned such as diagonal technique, two point touch, or trailing a wall.
    • Practice proper sighted guide technique
    • Clean your cane! They get dirty and it's something we often forget to do! :-)
    • Practice intentional movement towards a goal with gait trainer or walker if applicable

     

     


     

    Braille Resources, Sites, and Activities:

    • www.braillebug.org A great resource by the American Printing House for the Blind that has braille games, history, and general information. Made fun for kids and interesting for adults!
    • Braille Tutor is a fun app that can be used to practice letters, contractions, and sentences.
    • Keep a journal in braille! Feel free to use a "cheat sheet" for any letters or contractions you have not learned yet.

     


     

    Activities for Students with Cortical Visual Impairment (CVI):

    • Christine Roman, the leading expert on CVI, has posted a wonderful blog post full of activites to do at home with students who have CVI. Go to the links section and follow the link!
    • From Dr. Roman: "

      While you are home…

      I am writing this blog post during a time in which we are all self quarantined. It’s a strange and unsettling time. If you are spending more time indoors than you expected, and you are a family member of a child with CVI, you may be toward the bottom of your “fun things to do” list. My own children had a phrase they used on long rainy days indoors. “Mom, what can we do or eat?”. To that end, I am offering a few ideas of things you may be able to do with your children."


     

    Accessible Lessons in Computer Programming Basics!

     

    • There are several accessible resources online which offer basic lessons in computer programming. There are audio and large print options. The Quorum Programming language offers free lessons online (no registration necessary). Most lessons can be done directly in an internet browswer such as Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox, etc. Make audio and visual games while learning basic concepts of computer programming. The Quorum website has also adapted material from Code.org to make it more accessibile for visually impaired users as well. Go to www.quorumlanguage.com to start learning how to code!