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Day 16: 31 Days of Braille

Tech Increases Braille Availability This article about the recent anniversary of the National Braille Press highlights both the decline in braille literacy and the increasing importance and access to braille in the digital age. At some point in the video, … Continue reading

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Day 15: 31 Days of Braille

Braille is for Students With Sight Too It might be easy to assume that a student with low vision, that is, a student who can see text in some way, is not a candidate for braille. A student who can … Continue reading

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Day 14: 31 Days of Braille

Early Lending Libraries for Blind Patrons The Pratt-Smoot Act of 1931 provided that the Library of Congress would be provided $100,000 for fiscal year 1932 to provide services for blind adults, and the National Library Service (NLS) began. Although we … Continue reading

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Day 12: 31 Days of Braille

Braille Game Award Winner One of this year’s winners of the “Not Impossible” Award at the Consumer Electronics Show 2018 was a game to teach young children some simple words in braille. BecDot was created by Jake Lacourse, the father … Continue reading

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Day 10: 31 Days of Braille

In a recent VisionAware blog post about the misconceptions of braille, one of those pointed out was that braille is not a language of its own. Braille is a code comprised of dots in cells or groups of 6. A … Continue reading

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Day 9: 31 Days of Braille

Electronic Refreshable Braille Display Bonnie Gouzie, Director of the Access Technology and Employment Services (ATES pronounced At-Ease), at The Iris Network in Portland, Maine demonstrates a Focus 80, 80 cell braille display. This display is connected to a Windows 10 … Continue reading

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Day 8: 31 Days of Braille

Learning Braille as an Adult How do you learn braille as an adult? Why would you want to learn braille as an adult? I wonder to what degree adults with an acquired vision loss consider braille relevant? Many adults with … Continue reading

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31 Days of Braille: Day 7

Why Read Print? In this digital age, when smart phones, tablets and computers can read text out loud, narrated books can be downloaded and played almost instantly, and broadcasting is at our fingertips, how important is learning to read print? … Continue reading

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Day 6: 31 Days of Braille

Braille in the Workplace If you are blind or visually impaired you are probably familiar with the unemployment statistics for individuals with a vision loss– over 70% are unemployed, and that number has changed very little in recent years. What … Continue reading

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Day 5: 31 Days of Braille

The Perkins Brailler If you are old enough to remember what a standard manual typewriter (not electric) looks like, or have seen one in an antiques store, the Perkins Brailler will look familiar to you. It looks much like an … Continue reading

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