Category Archives: Random Thoughts and Observations

Bits & Bobs

A few random thoughts and observations as we enter the new year . . . Flarp! Sound Putty My beloved son received a container of Flarp! sound putty from Santa Claus.  It’s a thick blue slime with a grape scent … Continue reading

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A Shout Out to @Disney

Recently, we were blessed to go on our second Disney Cruise.  I was concerned coming up to the trip:  when we took our first cruise, Peanut still had usable vision.  For this cruise, he would not.  How would he do … Continue reading

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Craft Time! An Accessible Advent Calendar

A Twitter friend recently pointed out that it’s hard to find accessible advent calendars.  Sure, there’s some out there (like this one from the RNIB:  https://www.rnib.org.uk/connect-community/connect-news-and-stories/braille-advent-calendar), but they’re not designed to be fun. Advent calendars, as far as my kids … Continue reading

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Time to Sign Up for Braille Readers are Leaders!

Peanut loves a good competition–learn more and join him at the American Action Fund! From the mailbag: As part of its mission to promote Braille reading, the American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults is sponsoring Braille Readers Are … Continue reading

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Survey for B/VI folks on Body Movement

From the mailbag: Inviting Persons who are Blind or have Low Vision for Survey for Learning a Physical Activity  Researchers from the University of Iowa Department of Computer Science are inviting people who identify as blind or low vision, are … Continue reading

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TVI or future TVI looking for a summer gig? The NFB’s BELL Program may have the opportunity for you!

From the mailbag: Participate in the NFB BELL Academy Teacher Immersion Program Are you a teacher of blind students or a future teacher working on certification? Consider training and support with NFB BELL Academy.  Apply for the National Federation of … Continue reading

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Help test/develop a B/VI employment app

From the mailbag: The NRTC on Blindness & Low Vision at Mississippi State University is now recruiting for field test participants for a new app project, 4to24, designed to help parents and youth focus on employment. The app provides information, … Continue reading

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NFB Twitter Chat TODAY on Web Accessibility!

From the mailbag: Participate in Twitter chat about web accessibility! Join us Friday, October 11 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET to participate in the #MeetTheBlind Month Twitter chat. A Twitter chat is a scheduled, organized topical conversation on … Continue reading

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Participants Needed: Contrast’s impact on VI peoples’ perception of the environment

From the mailbag: To be eligible for this study, participants must: Have a Low-vision diagnosis. Be over age 18 Live in the U.S. My name is Lauren Ashley Hughes, and I am a Visiting Assistant Professor at Mississippi State and … Continue reading

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Participants Needed for study to improve access to visual programming tools for VI kids

I am glad someone is working on this:  b/vi kids need access to early programming education, too. From the mailbag: I am leading a long-term project at the University of North Texas to improve access to visual programming tools for … Continue reading

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