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This video is about Goalball, a sport for athletes who are visually impaired. Watch and listen as North Dakota Vision Services - School for the Blind (NDVS/SB) students explain how it is played and what makes it different from other sports.

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This blog piece discusses a mother’ challenges with her assisting her blind daughter and figuring out why she was disinterested in using her white cane. Sensory processing issues, complex needs, occupational therapy and a ‘sensory diet’ are all topics for discussion, review and to help the reader realize her journey...

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Saqib is a core Microsoft developer living in London, who lost the use of his eyes at age 7. He found inspiration in computing and is helping build Seeing AI, a research project that helps people who are visually impaired or blind to better understand who and what is around...

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Voice-controlled technology like Amazon Echo, Siri or hands-free features in Google Maps are things we’re starting to take for granted. But as Mary Meeker’s 2017 Internet Trends Report noted, voice controls are changing computer-human interfaces, and industries, broadly. Speech recognition or voice controls are being added to medical devices and...

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Are you a web developer looking to ensure your sites are fully accessible? Like regular user tests, it’s not rocket science to test with users with disabilities. And it will give you so much more than reading checklists or testing with non-disabled users. This blog article contains seven practical tips...

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Are you a web developer looking to ensure your sites are fully accessible? Here are seven great free tools that help you measure color contrasts and create beautiful, accessible color schemes that fulfill the contrast requirements in the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG).

https://axesslab.com/top-color-contrast-checkers/

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Angelo Quattrociocchi invented a system that can print paintings and photographs on wood, high-density polyurethane foam, and other materials. People can touch the artwork and feel its shapes and textures—not necessarily textures that were in the original artwork but ones that now provide a tactile way of “seeing” the art....

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Hear the visual world through synaesthesia, in this case: 'seeing sounds as colors.' The Synaestheatre is a device that converts 3D spatial and colour information into sound. The sounds are chosen based on a combination of natural hearing cues, intuitive associations between the senses and synaesthesia. This has resulted in...

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Helping students to develop mouse skills can be a challenge. There are free activities online for helping children to build mouse skills. There are games and various drawing programs (see previous posting "Sites to Support Students with Special Needs" for a listing of drawing programs) that provide simple mouse practice...

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A lot of people may not think twice about reading a chart or graph, but Cary-based SAS has developed a new software to help blind users see data in a unique way. Students and professionals with visual impairments have suffered from digital data visualization famine. No surprise, since most charts...

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