Posts Tagged braille
Apologies that this is such a lengthy entry. I will try to post on this topic more often, and in proportion!
Adelaide’s Braille street signs help lead the way | News.com.au – pilot scheme trying 4 signs at intersections.
App designer creates tools to teach Braille – Michael Doise, legally blind from birth, has developed Braille teaching tools for the Apple iPhone.
Bacchus Marsh project’s food for thought – Business – News – Melton Leader – Accessible Menus Project in Bacchus Marsh, Victoria, Australia, will offer large print, Braille and pictures on request.
Braille – Free Font – apparently only Grade 1, without numbers, according to comments.
Braille Links on the Internet – Blindness Resource Center – especially relevant to the USA.
Braille Sense OnHand 18 portable notetaker – RNIB – 18-cell Braille display, office-style apps on board.
Braille Translation – type in regular text, get a representation of Braille in various formats.
railleways – Braille services, including transcription, in Australia.
[Video] Bruce talks about refreshable Braille – demomstration of using a Braille display, and some comparisons with synthetic speech.
BU to help visually challenged students – Bangalore University to provide equipment and library facilities, including Braille, for visually impaired students.
Charity rescues Sheffield braille course – the course, threatened by funding cuts, has been rescued by a local blindness charity, at least for a pilot period.
[Video] Creating a braille book – Telegraph – the processes used by RNIB in making a Braille book.
Creating Braille output from OpenOffice.org » Taming OpenOffice.org / LibreOffice » Blog Archive – how OpenOffice Writer can be made to produce Braille formats.
More information on the odt2braille OpenOffice extension.
Credit Card for the Blind by Kwon Ki Nam » Yanko Design – the card uses fingerprint recognition for ID, has Braille for instructions and speaks the good being bought. Some good ideas for sighted people too? I don’t kinow whether this is any more than a concept at this stage.
CSUN: Braille 2000 and Accidental Accessibility « Blind Access Journal – Darrell Shandrow finds that Braille2000 is accessible to blind people, but this was a mistake! Audio included.
DOTS for Braille Literacy – American Foundation for the Blind – DOTS is Development of Teacher Support. You can subscribe to the newsletter.
EASY INTRODUCTION to BRAILLE – American
Free Books For Kids Now Also Available In Braille : NPR – these come from the Dollywood Foundation’s Imagination Library in the United States.
Free Braille Alphabet Vectors | Signs & Symbols – Grade 1 Braille for download.
In Zimbabwe, Braille textbooks provide more children with equal access to learning – UNICEF – Zimbabwe – major upgrade to Braille materials for blind students.
Individuals blinded from birth comprehend touch faster than those with sight? | Health Jockey – so this is the group that’s fastest to pick up Braille.
iPhone 4 Braille Display for iPhone blind users – MacMaster’s Blog – well, well, someone realises at last that blind people are part of the mrket.
Jawaharlal Nehru’s book now in Braille – Nehru’s letters to his daughter to be released by Nehru Memorial Library and Museum.
Jurist Association in UAE to publish laws in Braille – Gulf News to give visually impaired people a chance to understand the United Arab Emirates law.
Kester Braille – teaching program for children aged 4-8. American.
Learning Ally, formerly Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic – Accessible materials for individuals with visual and learning disabilities – please update your bookmarks for Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic.
Life not merely black & white – The Star | IOL.co.za – a report on the Commonwealth and South African Open Chess Championships 2011, where Braille and sighted players are equals.
Louis Braille Translator for the MacOS. Forward and backward trannslation, including Nemeth.
Mac accessibility improved in Lion, the latest OS X – including improved support for Braille.
Math Accessibility Professionals | LinkedIn – online group for those responsible for making mathematics accessible to those with disabilities.
Medicare Handbook now published in Braille.
NBP – Promoting Braille Literacy, Braille Books, and other Braille Publications – National Braille Press, i.e..
Perky Duck Download – Perky Duck is a freeware program from Duxbiry Systems. Duxbury’s Description: * Free simple braille editor * Perky is a computer based Perkins brailler emulator * Used in distance education to demonstrate your understanding of braille.
Questions about learning braille. « Youtube’s “Living Blind” Blog – for beginners.
Reading Materials In Large Print & Braille – American, from MDSupport.
RNIB Library Catalogue – UK resource offering books in many formats, including Braille and Moon.
RoboBraille.org – email in a text attachment, get back a version in Braille or audio.
Seedlings Braille Books for Children, based Michigan, USA. Provides Braille books at about half the production cost.
State-of-the-art library opens for China’s blind – People’s Daily Online – Chinese National Library for the Blind has opened a new location that features Braille books, audio-books and exhibitions.
Tactile Pixels Will Make It Easy To Read Braille On Touchscreens – Braille, textures, buttons could all be made realistic with tixels.
The Benefits of Braille – Fred’s Head from APH by Donna J. Jodhan. The author suggests that Braille still has its place, despite the presence of so much access technology.
[Video] What Braille Means to Me – the importance of Braille, and the Braille literacy crisis.
WHAT IS BRAILLE « Info – the background story.
What’s up today – Breaking News, New Brunswick, Canada – canadaeast.com services at Monkton Library, including Braille and other formats accessible by people with print disabilities.
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.
Actuate Addresses Online Statement Accessibility for the Visually Impaired with Xenos Axess – Mozilla Firefox – this system can deliver high volumes of accessible PDF files, according to this article.
Advocacy group for visually impaired | guampdn.com | Pacific Daily News – new group aims to open up life and work opportunities. Meeting on April 17th will include phone accessibility and JAWS demonstrations.
Apple iPhone to soon get long-sought multitasking – iPhone OS 4 will let you run multiple apps at the same time.
Apple’s iPad Brings Easy Reading to the Blind « Forbes.com’s Booked – why the iPad is exciting some blind readers and is way ahead of the Amazon Kindle.
ATTO: Assistive Technology Training Online to assist elementary school students.
BCScan Scan It, Learn About It, Use It – a new online way to organise your life. For more information, listen to
Accessible World Tek Talk presents A Look at BCScan, April 12, 2010 by J.J. Meddaugh
Blind iPad Review – Matilda Ziegler Magazine for the Blind – totatlly blind woman reviews the iPad.
Brailect Can Translate Text Into Braille Or Audio – this concept device is a glove that can be used to read text and convert it to either format.
Breaking news on Digital Image and Graphic Resources for Accessible Materials: DIAGRAM – No Limits to Learning – this is hoped to improve accessibility to images for students with disabilities, and educators providing for them.
C-Desk by AdaptiveVoice – free 15 day trial. The program gives a high-contrast, voiced desktop that is meant to simplify computer use for people who are disabled or elderly.
Charities merge to aid the blind – Scotsman.com News – InfoSound news service launched with support from British Wireless for the Blind Fund.
How to listen to InfoSound.
[Audio] Latest briefing (April 12th, 2010).
Coalition of Organizations for Accessible Technology – "Welcome to COAT, a coalition of over 280 national, regional, state, and community-based disability organizations. We advocate for legislative and regulatory safeguards that will ensure full access by people with disabilities to evolving high speed broadband, wireless and other Internet Protocol (IP) technologies."
computer assistive technology abilityhub for disability and disabilities – "Assistive Technology for people with a disability who find operating a computer difficult, maybe even impossible. This web site will direct you to adaptive equipment and alternative methods available for accessing computers "
Creative ZEN X-Fi Style PMP, ZEN Style Series Music Player | Blog | ZiggyTek – news on these affordable audio players.
CTL 2goPC Slate: Windows 7 Tablet (Video) | Blog | ZiggyTek – the spec is not outstanding, but this device has some things the iPad currently lacks, e.g., webcam and Adobe Flash.
Document Accessibility Should Begin at the Author Level – the Web isn’t the whole story – what about other types of document?
Dogs and Islam: The Devil and the Seeing-Eye Dog | Psychology Today – all may not be as it seems on the subject of "unclean" dogs.
Dogs for the Blind | Dogs Training who thought of that idea?
Easy to See Balloons – Fred’s Head – balloons that light up. Every little helps!
[Audio] EyePod TechnoCast 10 – Larry Lewis of Flying Blind, LLC, talks about optical character recognition (OCR) and introduces AbiSee Products, particularly the EyePal OCR products that use a camera rather than a scanner.
Good50 Low Vision Version – "Good50 is a user-friendly search engine designed for those who are ages 50+. Because of its user-friendly features, Good50 is also beneficial for the whole family including children."
Grave Concerns about a Ban on Dogs in Nottinghamshire Parks – jady_lady – ban on dogs in parks in part of Nottinghamshire, could cause guide dog problems.
Group Travel for Persons with Special Needs – Yahoo! Finance – many opportunities in the USA for people with various disabilities.
HTML5 details element, built-in and bolt-on accessibility – Bruce Lawson’s personal site – possible advantages of HTML5 over scripting and ARIA.
Ideas on Coping With Low Vision by Sharon Noseworthy and members of the Macular Degeneration Support Network
iSpeech – Text to Speech Service – Assistive Technology – online service that can convert text files to speech.
KeySoft 9 0 1 upgrade – HumanWare Canada/English – update your BrailleNote Apex.
Nissan Adding Noise to Make Silent Electric Cars Safe « Nissan Zone – USA and Japan could make this mandatory.
[Audio] PDF Document Reading and Strategies with JAWS and MAGic – 90-minute webinar with instructions for saving.
Registration Mac Academy Workshop – Handy Tech North America – there is a booking form and description here for the 5-day workshop on using VoiceOver with SnowLeopard being held in June.
Review: VI Scientific’s Currency Identifier (and more) “VisionHunt 2.1″ for S60 3rd & 5th edition – Blind Mind News – Unrestricted Access: Versatile apps for camera-pones. Currnecy, colour light source and light light level detection. Works on the Nokia N97 and their are planned versions for other types of phone, including the iPhone.
Screen Reader Tutorial – for users of the Blackboard Learning System.
Self-Expression | Real Coaching Radio Network – technophobic? well, if a blind middle-aged woman not involved in technology can deal with technology, you can too!
Sweeping Landmark Class Action Settlement Paves the Way for Improved Sidewalk Access for People with Disabilities | Accessibility News International – success for Californians with disabilities.
Tactile mind – A book of nude photographs for the blind/vision impaired. ISBN: 978-0-9813431-0-5 produced in toronto,canada. firstname.lastname@example.org, telephone: 416.516.2999. Wrongly described as a magazine in the British Telegraph newspaper, this is a thermoform book of raised erotic images with Braille text. A snip at £150.
Read the telegraph article ‘Pornographic magazine for the blind launched’
Videos Created by Ai Squared « AccessTech News - these promote products such as ZoomText, Victor Reader Stream and Pebble.
Who Wins the Accessibility Election? | S3 Web Design - a web designer comments on the accessibility of the web sites of the major British political parties.
[Book] Windows 7 and Vista Explained – A guide for blind and partially sighted users. Intended to work with whatever access technology you have. Can be pre-ordered for delivery late May. Orders from USA and Canada should be made to National Braille Press.
Blind movie breaks fresh ground – A group of blind and visually impaired Israelis shoot a feature film based on their experiences in a world dominated by those who see. Everyone involved, including the cameraman, has a visual impairment of some degree.
Blinkie Photography: Re Branding Blinkie Photography – change of name soon.
Blogging Basics for Photographers
For those who want an independent blog – 3 articles.
luminous – re-thinking visual alex de jong describes the effects of his changing vision.
Re-thinking visual RSS Feed – it’s well worth reading anything from this site, written by Laetitia Boulud and Alex de Jong..
NC State’s refreshable Braille display could revolutionize reading for the blind – full-page rich content display could result, but there won’t be even a prototype for a year or so yet.
Photo Walk « Losing Vision Gaining Insight – there are both limitations and triumphs in havving poor vision and a simple camera….
A First Look at the Pearl – Blind Bargains: Audio Content – the new portable device from Freedom Scientific that works with OpenBook to scan books quickly.
Quick Tour of the BookSense DS – Blind Bargains: Audio Content:
When Braille and Print Collide – Blind Bargains: Audio Content – Viewplus have some new products for including Braille and print on the same page.
Other CSUN articles
Adobe at CSUN 2010 – Adobe Accessibility
GW Micro Anounces an Improved Desktop SenseView – Blind Bargains
GW Micro Anounces the BookSense DS with OLED Display – Blind Bargains
GW Micro Anounces the Voice Sense QWERTY – Blind Bargains
GW Micro Releases BookSense 2.1 Firmware – Blind Bargains
I.D. Mate Summit is even Smaller, Lighter – Blind Bargains
Plextalk Pocket Wireless Details Begin to Emerge – Blind Bargains
Sendero Pretends to be Letterman, Releases Top 10 List of New GPS Features – lind Bargains
A (Guide Dogs) bus stop inside the House of Commons — Guide dog puppy blog – talking buses on the agenda for the UK
A reading strategy for low-vision users of SmartView Xtend « Jon Udell – related video
Reading with the SmartView Xtend magnifier (no soundtrack)
Accessible News Slider: A jQuery Plugin – there is a myth that jQuery is not accessible. Take a look at this.
Accessible Recreation – includes adaptive sports, travel and other leisure activities. USA based.
Accessibility: Why it Matters – Blackboard Blogs: by a member of Blackboard’s user experience dept.
Adapting to accessibility « Boagworld – short podcast on making the web a better place for disabled and non-disabled people alike.
[Video] Adobe – Flash CS4 Professional Accessibility – good to note that the controls on the video are accessible.
Assistives in Windows 7 « LVATUG blog – accessibility improvements in Windows 7.
Chairman Ed Towns Breaks Down Bureaucratic Barriers to Good Paying Jobs for People Who Are Blind – US Government urged to cut unemployment among blind people.
CMU Sphinx – Speech Recognition Toolkit – open source toolkit fromCarnegie Mellon University
collective.flowplayer_toolbar: adding accessibility in an unobtrusive way — RedTurtle’s Blog – a Flash player with accessibility features.
Creating Accessible Forms in MS Word from Freedom Scientific
Disabled protest at Safa House – Mail & Guardian Online – disabled South Africans protest about the lack of facilities at the World Cup.
Firefox Add-On Adds Text To Voice « The BAT Channel – the add-on can speak and record the speech to an audio file.
Flash Player and Flex Support for IAccessible2 and WAI-ARIA – Adobe Accessibility – one of several recent articles by Adobe about improved accessibility in their products.
Adobe Accessibility RSS Feed
Fliptop makes RSS feeds more accessible | Rafe’s Radar – CNET News – but you have to get through a CAPTCHA first!!!!
GovHK site revamped – Hong Kong government has removed accessibility barriers from its web site, in consultation with users.
Guide Dogs launches guide to services for people with sight loss – Guide dog puppy blog – UK-wide directory. Guide for each country in .DOC format (accessible) can be freely downloaded.
Guide dog puppy blog RSS Feed
ID Mate Portable Barcode Reader « LVATUG blog – talking device by Envision America
Identification of important cards – Donna Jodhan
[Video] Inclusive Universe – Wendy Chisholm – imagine a world that’s accessible to everyone (so long as you’re in Seattle!).
Inference Group: Dasher Project – Dasher is a text-entry system using gestures, including eye movements, for situations where a keyboard isn’t realistic.
iPhone & iPod touch Apps for (Special) Education « ConnSENSE Bulletin – very useful list of links by category.
Learning to Navigate Blindness & Hearing Loss – the author has Usher’s Syndrome, which results in both sight and hearing loss. She is documenting her training at Colorado Center for the Blind.
Lexdis – Ideas for e-Learning – techniques and technology.
LookTel a Mobile Augmented Reality Solution for the Visually Impaired in partnership with LinkMe Mobile. Contains visual and voice recognition technology.
LookTel – Mobile Object Recognition and Remote Assistance Solutions for Visually Impaired Users
LVATUG blog – Low Vision Assistive Technology Users Group serving the NC Triangle Low Vision Community.
LVATUG blog RSS Feed
Online text to speech (TTS) converter – SpokenText.net – convert text to speech and save in audio files. Demo account is free.
Rabbis oppose Egged plan for audio-visual aids for deaf and blind – screens on buses could be used for "unworthy purposes" claim the ultra-orthodox.
School Boards Required To Comply With New Accessibility Standards – Canada, Litigation, Mediation & Arbitration
Talking Tins – Voice Recorder for Schools and the Visually Impaired – originally designed to help blind people identify tinned foods, talking tins have their uses in education too.
University adopts award winning mobile technology / Current news / The University of Newcastle, Australia – real-time information on phones, programmed by University student.
VoicePrint – the non-profit, 24/7 audio newsstand that broadcasts top stories — international, national, regional and local — from more than 600 Canadian newspapers and magazines into 10 million homes.