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The History of Halloween

Welcome to the History of Halloween. Every year, tons of kids around the USA dress up in costumes and go trick or treating, but what's the real history behind this holiday?

Well, if you're interested, you've come to the right place. You'll find navigation on the side menu. The sections are Holiday Origins, Creepy Videos Clips, The Great Pumpkin, Ghost Stories, Around the World, Historic Haunts, Halloween Treats, Jack-O-Lantern Cut Outs, Fast Facts and Boo-ography.

Holiday Origins: Here you can learn all about the origins of Halloween, from ancient times to modern day. Also, read about the evolution of Halloween as a holiday.

Creepy Video Clips: Check out these video clips about ghost stories and folklore. Choose a video from the left hand menu and it will play in the center video pane. Learn about the ghost Lavender and Barnsley Gardens if you dare! You can even find out about some of the ghosts haunting the Wild, Wild West.

The Great Pumpkin: Here you can learn all ab…

Battling with Batteries

By Donna J. Jodhan

I often get asked how I deal with batteries and here is my response.

There are a few things for me to deal with when interacting with batteries:
-First, I need to know the size of the batteries needed.
-Second, I need to know how many batteries are needed.
-Third and most important of all, I need to know which way to insert my batteries. 

Through experience, I can normally tell which size of battery is needed for whatever I am working with.  Most times it is either AA (double a) or AAA (triple A) size batteries or in some cases it is the good old C battery or the larger one.  However, I am sometimes fooled between determining whether or not it is a triple a battery or one of those little round batteries.

The number of batteries needed usually depends on the number of slots within the battery compartment.  However, in the case of those little round batteries, it is sometimes difficult to tell how many are needed.

The most difficult part in dealing with batteries is to deter…

JAWS 14 vs. NVDA

Robert Kingett, a guest blogger, discusses the new features of the JAWS 14 screen reader, as well as how it compares to NVDA. He also lists several NVDA bug fixes.

The Tools of New York Point

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This wood and nickel-plated brass desk slate was set up to write in the New York Point system.
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Our APH museum has a lot of braille-writing tools. We have the first successful mechanical braille writer, invented in Illinois in 1892. We have handwriting guides and slates in many shapes and sizes. We even have tools for writing in other systems that competed with the Braille system in the 19th century. So when Lisa Parker of Wellston, OH went online in search of information about her great grandmother's strange old clipboard and that stack of dotted cards, it did not take her long to stumble across our website.

Her great grandmother, Maude Gilliland Burton, had had an interesting life. Blinded at birth by a doctor's mistake, she had attended the Ohio School for the Blind in Columbus from 1900-1907 but returned home to graduate. She married a local farmer, Walter Burton, raised a son on the family farm they bought from her parents, and from all accounts lived and…

How Close is Disability?

Forging New Learning Pathways Using Bookshare

Roger Price, a Texas teacher in Keller ISD, Fort Worth, recalls many years of observing his students who are blind and visually impaired struggle to keep up with their reading assignments. In the past, these students were routinely burdened with heavy volumes of printed textbooks. Images and photos were low quality, text was black and white, and students would straddle their desks to read the large print – requiring extra space to accommodate their learning needs; indications of being labeled ‘different’. Mr. Price says, “Advancements in reading technologies and the availability of accessible educational materials in digital and audio formats have given my students more freedom to forge new learning experiences.”

“The Keller ISD school district has made technology and digital accessible books a priority for students with qualifying print disabilities,” said Jill Ross, Special Education Coordinator for the district. “Today, many of our students are comfortable using MacBooks, iPads, …

The Long and Winding Road: APH’s Annual Meeting in Kentucky

IDEAL Currency Identifier from U.S. Department of Education