Self-advocacy September: Making Word Documents Accessible

It seems simple: if information in a document is important, you need to be able to access it. But, sometimes making that happen is not so simple. This week, the Free Bridges Helpdesk explores accessible text documents (like Word) in terms of self-advocacy. What is accessibility? At its core, accessibility is a simple concept: something…

Self-advocacy September: Figure Out What You Need—Self-determination

The Free Bridges Helpdesk kicks off the school season in September with Self-advocacy (don’t you love alliteration?)! Our first Self-advocacy September post focuses on a crucial first step in self-advocacy: Self-Determination. What is self-determination? The term, itself, means making your own decisions—determining what you will do now and in the future. While the term is…

Gather Tactile graphics and tools to make them

Accessible curricular materials are needed for school success, but curricular materials include much, more than documents, slide presentations, and spreadsheets. Graphics, including graphs, pictures, maps, etc. represent a growing portion of materials teachers use to impart information and which they expect students to use to show mastery of academic concepts. Now, more than ever before,…

Explore Desmos: Accessible Online Scientific and Graphing Calculators and more!

Math is fun (it really is!), and having tools that are both accessible and powerful make it even MORE fun! For many years, blind/low vision students needed to use specialized calculators in order to fully participate with their peers in math and science classes. However, as technology increased by leaps and bounds, these specialized calculators…

Brush up on your accessible software (JAWS®/ZoomText®/Fusion®/NVDA®/VoiceOver®)

Summer is fabulous; it’s a great time to get out and about and enjoy freedom from the demands of learning with a laptop. However, time away from our laptops can cause our accessible software skills to get a little rusty. Here are some resources to help you brush off the dust and rust and jump…

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