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What happened to the recorded World Book Encyclopedia?

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Physical Blindness VS Mental Blindness

by Lumi Hinata
My maternal grandfather became legally blind when I was young (3) years old only to become totally blind a few years later. I watched him become completely proficient over the years. He went from bumping into objects, feeling wall-to-wall to find his way around to making his own meals and going on vacations out of the country. Although he may have had feelings about never being able to see his grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and all those important images in life, he never once complained. He never once gave up on himself. Up until the day he returned to the essence, he was one of the strongest members of my family. If you looked up perseverance in the dictionary, you would surely find his face next to it.

We all depend on our power senses - sight, hear, taste, touch, smell. Each one serves a particular purpose and when we end up losing one of these senses, we become forced to replace that sense in order to elevate. Case in point - my grandfather lost his vision in …

Blindspace: an Accessible Social Network

Test Ready: Plus Reading Book 4 through 6

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Test Ready: Plus Reading now includes books 4, 5, and 6!

Book 4: Student Book
Book 4: Teacher's Guide

Book 5: Student Book
Book 5: Teacher's Guide

Book 6: Student Book
Book 6: Teacher's Guide

This test prep series offers practice for today's standards-based assessments for grade levels 3 through 12.

Test Ready®: Plus Reading provides preparation and review, in as little as two weeks before testing day. It also provides a program of instruction and remediation.

Students practice test-taking skills for:
Recalling informationConstructing meaningEvaluating literary formsInterpreting fact & opinionEvaluating & extending meaningTest Ready: Plus Reading is a review program that provides practice in test-taking skills in reading comprehension and open-ended writing tasks.

In just 14 days, students can be test ready with:
Timed pretest to diagnose skills gapsStandards-based skill-specific lessonsTimed mixed-practice post-test, mirroring pretest to show growthAccessible Form…

Getting To Know You: a Curriculum for Social Skills/Ability Awareness

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How Can Distance Learning Be Made More Accessible?

By Donna J. Jodhan

I'd like to answer the following frequently asked question: 

How can distance learning be made more accessible to blind and visually impaired people?

Many blind students today continue to face huge barriers when it comes to being able to take advantage of distance learning classes.  Many professors are often at a loss as to how to make their courses more accessible to blind and partially sighted students.  Believe it or not, there is a happy medium and I'd like to offer some suggestions.

The first thing to remember is that accessibility should be viewed through the eyes and ears of the student and not through those of the professor.  Each individual has a unique or specific need and no two students are alike.  A good start would be as follows:

1. Make sure that your student can access web content on your website independently.  That is, that the student does not have to depend on sighted assistance to navigate the website.  

2. Make sure that your forms are acc…

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