Save the Date! (and make a few of your own)

Sweet Summertime!  As you get ready to send the students and start refreshing yourself, please take a moment to put these dates on your calendar for next year.

PATINS Project GEAR Up Logo. PATINS P over a starfish with a checkered racing flag.

 Gear up for our State Conference!

State and National Presenters focusing on:                   Accessible & Engaging Learning by Design

November 4 – 5, 2015

Crowne Plaza at Historic Union Station Downtown Indianapolis Indiana

Registration Form


When:  Thursday, April 14, 2016

Where:  502 East Event Centre                                                                                               502 E. Carmel Drive                                                                                                   Carmel, IN  46032


Next week I will be posting all of the places you can find the PATINS Coordinators and State Project Director, Daniel McNulty for summer training.  We are always available for trainings at no charge to you.  If you don’t see something you want to attend, call or email us and we will work out something more personal and relevant to your needs.

Cartoon Sunshine wearing sunglasses and gloves on his hands.

UEB for you and me!

Unified English Braille – UEB

In November of 2012 the Braille Authority of North America (BANA) decided to adopt the language English Braille to replace the current English Braille American Edition in the United States.  In November of 2013 BANA affirmed January 4, 2016, as the date by which the United States will implement the general use of Unified English Braille (UEB).  With that deadline swiftly approaching, this topic will be one of the concentrations of this year’s Tech Expo!  Scheduled is a ninety minute session with a panel of VI vendors to share their expertise and product capabilities.  It will be moderated by PATINS State Director, Daniel McNulty.  Follow this link to the session descriptions for more information on all of the great presentations at Expo on April 23rd from 9:00 am EST to 3:30 pm EST, at the Wyndham Indianapolis West, 2544 Executive Drive, Indianapolis, IN  46241

iPads, Macs and UEB

UEB is one of the many choices for braille tables installed in OS X and iOS. It’s just a matter of choosing it vs. other options such as US English or UK English.

To find it on a Mac, go to VoiceOver Utility > Braille > Layout and choose “English (Unified)” as your Braille Translation language.

To find it on an iOS device, go to Settings > General > Accessibility > VoiceOver > Braille > Braille Translation and set this to “English (Unified)”

The people at Apple tell us that they support approximately 30 international braille tables on their devices and UEB is one they’ve had for a while.

Be My Eyes  –  Free

Be My Eyes icon

Be My Eyes is an app that connects blind people with volunteer helpers from around the world via live video chat.  Through the app a person requests assistance.  The helpers with the app receive a notification that someone needs them and a video link is established.  They can then see and describe what the person requesting assistance is pointing the video camera towards on the phone.


Think Spring & Summer!

It’s coming, I promise!  

Single Crocus growing in snow

A sure indicator of Spring!

It’s time to register for the 2015 PATINS Tech Expo!

SAVE THE DATE : April 23, 2015


Wyndham Indianapolis West

2544 Executive Drive

Indianapolis, IN 46241

As in the past…

  • No Registration Fee!
  • Complimentary Lunch
  • Free Parking
  • Vendor Presentations
  • Vendor Exhibit Hall
  • Door Prizes
  • Networking with Colleagues from around the State

FREE Attendee Registration is now open.

Summer Camps

I opened up my email this morning and read the Indiana Resource Center for Autism’s, IRCA Reporter E-Newsletter.  In it they share a list of “Summer 2015 Camps and Programs”.  Who doesn’t need to think about summer right about now?  You remember summer, right?  So here is a link to help get you into a happier state of mind!

I have high hopes!

I am a big fan of taking mainstream media (Movies) and using them to help engage students.  Pixar Studios has one coming out June 19th that I have high hopes for.  It is called Inside Out.  I have linked a couple of trailers!  Enjoy!

Inside Out: US Teaser Trailer                         Inside Out Official Puppy Bowl TV Spot


Inside Out - Emotion Poster