Archive for January, 2011
For recent news stories on blind photography, please see the new page on my web site……
World Braille Day is today, January 4th, 2011.
For more Braille information, please visit
Vince’s Parallax: Braille
There will also be more postings on Braille on this blog later this week. I have quite a back-log of Braille references.
3-D Braille Map That Talks | Far To Nice – aid for blind people travelling alone.
A Process Approach to Teaching Braille Writing for primary teachers.
Accessible Math – site aims to make math and science a accessible, an provide resources for educators.
Another braille presentation: cognitive science of reading « Think Globally, Act Locally – has links to some recent conference presentation notes.
Braille: Deciphering the Code – useful introductory page.
Braille alphabet – shows Braille characters as graphics without labels, so your assistive tech will not be able to decipher what’s there.
Braille Block teaches digital language to visually impaired in a playful manner | 9 Square Gadget – like a hand-held game.
BRAILLE BUDDY by Yasaman Sheri « 5 – to help with the most difficult stages of learning Braille.
Braille Bug – AFB site aimed at children.
Braille Display / Monitor Braille « PUSAT PERALATAN TUNANETRA DAN LOW VISION TERLENGKAP – this article describes the Focus 40 Blue, a portable Braille display with Bluetooth.
RSS Feed links to other articles about assistive technology devices.
Braille factory awarded £1m grant – new technology allows high-volume and flexible Braille printing at RNIB Peterborough. Includes video clip.
Braille gives blind taxi users a fair go | Scoop News – Braille taxi information must be provided by operators in New Zealand.
Braille used less in today’s world – Local – SunHerald.com but the article shows the benefits of Braille for some students.
Creating Nemeth Spatial Math Equations and Multi-Language Braille Translation – free webinar, Wednesday, January 19, 2011 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PST
Nina Universal Braille Teacher – a portable device for the teaching and learning of Braille alphabets.
accessible-image mailing list links to blind artists – to subscribe to the list, send a blank e-mail to
firstname.lastname@example.org, with subscribe as the subject line.
Artist Creates New Batch of “Porn for the Blind” – Tech Talk – CBS News – lingerie inspired tactile pictures by Lisa J. Murphy, author of last year’s "Tactile Mind".
PhotoCaddy for iPhone review – iPod/iPhone – Macworld UK – get instant advice on a wide range of photographing situations.
The Blind Photographer – THE BHF NETWORK – Poetra Ama Asantewa has used every sense to get images. You need to be a network member to get access to this.
Vision, Blindness, and New Years Resolutions « I DREAMED A WORLD – a celebration of blind photographers, and a model for making your future.
Wishing all Blind Buzz readers a fantastic 2011!
A personal introduction — Guide dog puppy blog – Lee, aged 41, with congenital glaucoma, gets started with his new guide dog.
Become a Guide Dog’s Best Friend – 21st Century Labor Union – become a friend on Facebook to help Guide Dogs of America.
Blind Massillon woman and her guide dog becoming a team – transition to a guide dog is not easy, but offers more independence.
Blunkett launches national fundraising scheme for Guide Dogs – the appeal involves donations of old ink cartridges and unwanted mobile phones. Supported by blind ex-MP David Blunkett.
Canine Vision « CBS Philly – turns out dogs can see some color / colour.
Dangerous dogs consultation responses published « Defra News – discussion of the UK’s approach to dangerous dogs.
[Video] Fidelco Guide Dogs – how they train and match up their German Shepherd dogs with clients.
Freedom Guide Dog’s magical 29 – Utica Dogs | Examiner.com – how they operate, and how you can help.
Fun and Games – Dog’s Eye View – being a guide dog isn’t all work!
GD Nushka: Nushka’s first post to her blog – from the dog’s point of view, as it were.
GSDs Use As SDs/Guide dogs – German Shepherd Dog Forums – discusssion around why German Shepherds aren’t used so much as guide dogs any more, at least in the USA.
Guide Dogs — New Eyes For The Blind – Golden Retriever Training – some general background.
[Video] Guide dogs celebrate 75 years – UK guide dogs association
[Video] Guide Dogs Interviews: Andrew – one of the job interviews from Guide Dogs NSW, Australia.
Guide Dogs sensory garden win – the Guide Dogs stand at the Gardenrs’ World Exhibition, 2010, won a silver award. Here is a text account and a brief video showing publlic reactions.
Guide Dogs Sighted Guide Scheme trials January 2011 — Guide dog puppy blog – human volunteers being tried as supplements to Guide Dogs (UK) service.
Have you joined our Puppy Chain? — Guide dog puppy blog – UK Guide Dogs Association Appeal. Also visit
Guide Dogs Puppy Chain Appeal – a set on Flickr
[Video] How Can You Give Them Up? – puppy raisers talk about passing on their puppies to prospective guide dog owners.
How much I appreciate My Guide Dog « Blind Babbles – canny dog guides owner home when lost. On the same blog,
Guide Dogs, in my Eyes.
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[Video] How to Respond to Attacks on Guide DogsPart 2 – the approach of the San Francisco Police. Part 1 has been removed from YouTube.
Introducing the “Dream Team” Lena and Pearce — Guide dog puppy blog – new guide dog owner Lena tells her story. She has balance issues and nystagmus.
Lead on: NIU student teams up with a Leader Dog : Elburn Herald – Cory Lipsett has achieved more independence using a guide dog than he ever did with a cane and GPS.
Misconceptions About Guide Dogs: dos and Don’ts – Carlos Palomino » Blog Archive – how to behave around someone else’s guide dog.
[Video] Mongrels – Episode 1, Part 1 – first of several animal animations including some guide dog characters. Adult language warning!
Romania’s first guide dog shut out from city – The Diplomat Bucharest – Gabi Nicolescu successfully applied for the first guide dog in Romania. The problem is that people in his country don’t know what a guide dog is.
Saskatchewan – Law to protect service animals sought – CBC News – private member’s bill, the protection of service animals act, was introduced in the Saskatchewan legislature.
The Guide Dog Process — Guide dog puppy blog – one person’s experience of what happened after applying for a guide dog.
Through sunshine, bitter cold, dogs need exercise – Winter weather is no excuse to avoid outdoor exercise with your dog, says a Purdue University veterinarian.
Traffic Gap Detection for Pedestrians with Low Vision … [Optom Vis Sci. 2010] – PubMed result – clearly a safety issue for those with low vision. Participants were fully sighted, or had peripheral vision loss (~RP or glaucoma) or central vision loss (age-related macular degeneration)
West Orange Dog Park in Winter Garden, off leash dog park | Orlando Pet Service – plenty of fun for you and your dog. I want one in my town!