This Holiday Season Be Nice, Not Naughty: Use the Most Readable Low Vision Font

As scooped with Scoopit from: IPAT Blog ” This Holiday Season be Nice not Naughty, use the Most Readable Low Vision Font”

It is holiday greeting card time! Tis the season to remember friends and family, whether across the street or across the globe. Be nice to those on your mailing list who may have low vision, and co…



Here are a few tips about font types from IPAT that can help improve access to print for individuals with low vision. Not only might these tips be helpful to individuals with low vision, but could be a factor when reading for  individuals with visual perceptual or learning challenges.

H/T to IPAT for sharing their expertise!


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iPad Mini Cases with Handles for Big and Little Hands

Cases with handles for iPad

Looking for cases  with a handle as a holiday gift for big or little hands?Here are a few cases for iPad Mini with handles for easy grab and go:

Snugg Case for iPad Mini 1, 2, 3 provides handles on all sides for easy handling. Costs 24.99 from  and comes in other colors.

Snug case for iPad mini

Kayscase for iPad Mini 1, 2,  3 has a pivoting handle that can also serve as a stand. This case is a favorite for young children and has worked well for AAC devices for young kids. Comes in different colors with a cost of 23.95.

Bluey Case for iPad Mini

Bluey Case for iPad Mini

The HDE Case for iPad 1, 2, 3 has handles and a stand for carrying and positioning. Cost 13.95 on Amazon. Available in a number of colors.

HDE iPad case

Worw case for iPad Mini 2 provides a single handle for easy carrying. Cost 13.99 on Amazon.

Worw case with handle

The Padlette provides an alternative handle for iPad minis and full sized tablets. Cost 15.00 on Amazon.

Padlet handle for iPad mini

These cases are also available for iPad Air also. What cases do you recommend?

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Our Eroded Mental Healthcare System Infographic

Whether working in a school system or adults in a variety of health care systems, the conversation of mental health services, or lack of has been a conversation I have had with other health care workers. Multiple diagnoses of Anxiety Disorder, Bipolar, OCD, PTSD seem to be much more common with clients that I work with. Services for these diagnoses certainly can be a challenge for a variety of reasons. The following infographic “Our Eroded Mental Healthcare System”, shared by Best Social Work , provides insight on the state of mental healthcare services available.

Eroded Mental Health System

What is your experience and thoughts?


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Android Apps Gone Free!

Android free picJust to be fair, here are a few free Android app with a holiday flare worth checking out:

Christmas Connect the Dots Android iconKids Christmas Connect the Dots Puzzle (free) for Android devices. Basic connect the dots with a Christmas theme.


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Christmas Holiday Puzzle iconChristmas Holiday Puzzle (free) for Android devices. Play sliding puzzle with options of 2×2, 3×3 and 4×4 pieces with a winter holiday theme.


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A little holiday fun might make your spirits bright!

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iOS Apps Gone Free for your OT mTool Kit!


Here are a couple of apps gone free (on 12/13/2014) that might support visual perceptual intervention for younger students:

Shapes memory match iconShapes Memory Match (iPhone/iPad, originally 3.99) is currently free. The app provides preschool activities of shape identification and recognition in a memory matching activity.


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Sharing with Duckie Dec iconSharing with Duckie Deck app  (iPhone/iPad, originally 2.99) promotes sharing with visual matching and memory activities for 2-5 year olds.


Sharing with Duckie Deck pic1

Just a reminder – apps gone free are typically only for a mysterious period of time!

Free apps to consider for your mobile tool kit!

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ViaOptaDaily App from Novartis Pharmaceutical

ViaOptaDaily icon

ViaOptaDaily app

ViaOptaDaily app, optimized for iPhone (compatible on iPad iOS 6) and Android is a free app created by Novartis Pharmaceutical Corporation. As a free app it provides the following six tools for individuals with visual impairment in their daily life:

  • Weather – (Current and three day forecast)
  • Magnifying glass
  • Timer
  • Contacts
  • Color recognizer
  • Money recognizer (US Dollars and Euros)
  • Provides seven languages built in (English, German, Spanish, French, Chinese, Arabic, Japanese)

ViaOpta Daily app icon

ViaOptaDaily app for iOS and Android provides a voice guide and audible tutorial in each section. It offers different contrast modes or a blind mode and reportedly has its own text to speech that runs along with Voiceover in iOS.

Viaoptadaily pic2 for Android

Images of tools for Android app

AppleVis, a website dedicated to finding and reviewing iOS /Mac apps for blind and low vision users, reported ViaOptaDaily as fully accessible with Voiceover and  reported it to contain useful features. AppleVis review stated “For being FREE, it is not a bad little Swiss army knife of tools that one can use on a daily basis ” (retrieved on 12/7/2014 from:

Free is always good when it provides functional tools! For students or adults with visual impairment, this might be a free tools that will support greater independence in daily living tasks. This might be an app that could support individuals with reading challenges have access to weather or accessing contacts. Check out or share this app with others that might have a need for magnification, contrast, identification of money and colors or easy access to weather and contacts.

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Switch Access now available in Android

Carol Leynse Harpold, MS, AdEd, OTR/L, ATP:

Luis Perez offers his expertise and expands options for switch access to the Android platform. More and more Android options are available these days!
Thanks to Luis for sharing his expertise!

Originally posted on The Website of Luis Perez:

After waiting a couple of weeks for the elusive Android 5.0 Lollipop update for my 2013 Nexus tablet, I  decided to do things the hard way using Google’s instructions for loading a factory image. If you know how to open a Terminal window and issue a few commands, you should not find it too difficult to load the factory image, though I did run into a few roadblocks that I was able to address with quick Google searches. Since I am on a Mac, I had to modify some of the commands a bit, but that was not too hard to do and after a couple of tries I was able to get the 5.0 image loaded on my device.

According to this article and video on Android Central, most of the accessibility features for Lollipop (Android 5.0) have been carried over from 4.4 KitKat. However, the article glosses over a significant…

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