[blindkid] Mac Books?

Beasley, Jeremiah B. (IT) Jeremiah.Beasley at wcbvi.k12.wi.us
Tue Sep 27 19:23:45 UTC 2016

Hello Linda,

I think that the Mac Books will work well.  I have students using Mac Books around the state of WI very successfully.  Apps that they may need include Pages, Sheets, Slides, and MS Office 2016 for Mac.  If your school uses Google Apps for Education you will want to get the Chrome Browser and install the Chromevox add-on.  This will allow the girls to use Google Apps just like their peers are.  You may also want to look at getting Keystroke for the MAC.  This is an accessible typing program that you can download at https://www.cfb.state.nm.us/apps for free.  I hope this helps.

Jeremiah Beasley
Assistive Technology Specialist
Wisconsin Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Google Certified Educator Level 1
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On Sep 27, 2016, at 2:09 PM, Linda A.Coccovizzo via blindkid <blindkid at nfbnet.org<mailto:blindkid at nfbnet.org>> wrote:

Hello all. Our vision team in the girls' district has undergone some very positive changes in the last few months. The iPads with refreshabrailles are being phased out. The girls will very soon be given Mac Books. I did have some concerns about this, because I've heard there are issues with 3rd party applications being completely accessible. I am very happy though that a keyboard will finally be under their fingers. We have worked with them at home to learn to type as much as we can, so they won't be totally lost. They will also be using braille displays. What do you all think? Also, if anyone has a kiddo using the Mac for school purposes, what apps have you found to be useful?
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