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Get Involved with Our Efforts to Pass the Accessible Instructional Materials in Higher Education Act

In December of 2019, AIM High, H.R. 5312 and S. 3095, was introduced into the United States House of Representatives and the Senate. This bill works to create voluntary guidelines for accessibility in higher education to provide direction for educators, suggest practices for software developers, and most importantly, put students with print disabilities on equal playing ground with their classmates! Read more about our efforts and how you can get involved by visiting the Braille Monitorto see an important note from our President, Kathryn Webster, that was published earlier this month. If you are a student with an inaccessibility challenge that you have faced, we also want to hear from you! Fill out this Google form to share your story with Congress!



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NABS Notes | June 2020

“We do not need magic to transform our world. We carry all of the power we need inside ourselves already.”-J. K. Rowling

Welcome to the June edition of our NABS notes! With only a few weeks to go until our first ever virtual national convention, we have many exciting updates to share. Read on to learn more about our upcoming events and updates from committees. In this edition you will find:

NABS Notes | May 2020

““Now the first suggestion is to aim high but be aware that even before you have reached your ultimate professional destination, if you always strive for excellence, you can and should have a substantial impact on the world in which you live.” – Sandra Day O’Connor

Welcome to the May edition of our very favorite NABS notes! Whether you are one step closer to graduation or have recently crossed the finish line, congratulations on behalf of our NABS family! Read on to learn more about our upcoming events and updates from committees. In this edition you will find:

Blog Post for April: Quarantine Quandaries by John Bailey and Matthew Gip

Fifteen Opportunities You Should Be Taking Advantage Of Now

By John Bailey

From the Editor:

John works in the Information Technology industry where his office is in his home. His clients include the FBI, Drug Enforcement Agency, and the Center for Missing Children. In 2016, John presented a TEDX speech about using innovation to solve challenges. John also enjoys being a competitive ballroom dancer and working with Project Rise to help blind students successfully transition to college.

Google Drive Essentials for Windows and Mac

What is Google Drive?

Google Drive is a comprehensive virtual file management system that is employed by many schools and universities to collect and organize class materials. It is used in conjunction with Google editing platforms such as Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides, as Drive itself is storage focused.

To access Google Drive, type drive.google.com into your browser’s address bar. Note that there is also a desktop and mobile application, but this document focuses on the online or web browser client.



Google Classroom Essentials for Windows

What is Google Classroom?

Google Classroom is an online learning management system created by Google to give Teachers and Educators the ability to post work, create discussions, and receive work from their Students. In order to use this platform, you must have a Google account registered through your school.



Canvas Essentials for Windows

What is Canvas?

Canvas is a learning management system that many universities utilize for online assignment submissions, quizzes, announcements, and discussions. If you've never used this platform before here are the 3 things you will need:

  • The web address of your institution's Canvas site
  • Your username
  • Your password

If you do not know the web address, you can find a link to the external website either on your institution’s homepage, or by asking your professor for assistance.