Posts Tagged reading
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.
Accessible Technology On-line Seminar Series – The goal of the Accessible Technology Webinars is to increase awareness on technology accessibility for people with disabilities.
AccessWatch Going Offline As Of December 12 – but if you’ve benefited from the site, maybe a nice note to the author is in order!
AccessWorld News – AccessWorld® – November 2009 – yes, it’s a bit late. Subjects covered include Accessible TV, e-book accessibility, click and go maps,
Aiding access to arts -stuff.co.nz – new guide has simple practical advice for arts venues.
Archos Introduces 1 Vision Media Player, Allows More Audio Than Vision » ZiggyTek » Blog – Archos try to make a comeback with this low-end media player gadget.
ATIA Educational Webinar Series « LVATUG blog – free webinars for educators, rehab workers, assistive technology professionals, disabled people and their supporters.
ATTO: Assistive Technology Training Online – aimed at USA educators in elementary classes.
Bosch Puts New Spin on Washer and Dryer Controls – AccessWorld® – November 2009 – old-fashioned controls are simpler and give positive clicks as you turn them.
BRAILLE MONITOR, December 2009 includes latest on the FS vs GWM lawsuit and VoiceOver on the Mac
British Museum Launches Multimedia Guides in 11 Languages – artdaily.org – audio described and sign language versions available.
Call For Compliance With UN Convention Covering ICT Rights – E-Access Bulletin Live » Blog Archive. Nations that ratified the treaty need to report on progress next year.
Disaboom on Top 8 Free Browsers for Seniors and Disabled – several browsers and add-ons briefly described.
Discounted Braille Jewelry in the ACB Store – Blind Bargains
Feeling in the dark « Cervantes – a tactile mouse invented in Israel can give Braille and tactile diagram feedback to a blind user. No more “in the dark”, please! Dark is a sighted concept.
Grafting web accessibility onto computer science education « As Your World Changes – traditional computer science education does not cover a ccessibility issues, but that needs to change.
GWMicro Script Central – has a lunar lander game and a script to force the Window Eyes focus on to a list of file names.
Liverpool Actionnaires achieve Sport England Clubmark – Actionnaires Clubs are multi-sports clubs for blind and partially sighted children of school age.
Nuance brings its speech-recognition technology to the iPhone | Software | iPhone Central | Macworld – Dragon Naturally Speaking dictation software arrives for the iPhone.
Packaging Information Available from Horizons for the Blind – Fred’s Head from APH: – infromation on grocery, health and beauty product labels in accessible form.
Reading Rights represents Americans who cannot read print.
Redstart Systems Inc. — Utter Command speech recognition interface software – take control of your computer with this add-on for the Dragon Naturally Speaking Pro Engine.
Squibble Portable Braille Interface – this device is only a concept at the moment, but if it is marketed, it will have a tactile and high-contrast displa
Subscribe to Yahoo! Group b-v-m – virtualisation and issues raised for visually impaired people.
T. R. Fraser’s Storefront – Lulu.com – current offers on e-books about JAWS and Word 2007, Outlook 2007 and Vista. $12 each.
Tek Talk Training Room – GMT Tuesday, 15 December at 01:00 – featuring the Sound post, a device to augment GPS and give us more information about our immediate environment. From Top Tech Tidbits, 10th Dec 09.
The Problem with PDF Content – Fred’s Head article describing the perils of graphics-only PDF content.
UK’s First Educational e-Book Library Launched Online – E-Access Bulletin – Books For All has educational books in a range of digital formats suitable for visually impaired people.
100+ Places for Free Books Online – legal downloads all over the web.
A Second Look at Apple’s VoiceOver – the Braille Monitor looks again at VoiceOver on the Mac. Thanks to Top Tech Tidbits for this reference.
AFB AccessWorld: September 2009 Issue – iPhones, blind programmer Jamal Mazrui, Lexmark office software and a book about accessible iPods, and a discussion of netbooks.
AIRS-LA: Audio Internet Reading Service of Los Angeles – makinginformation available to print disabled people.
Blind Access Journal: Lawsuit Leads to Reconsideration of Patent – Freedom Scientific, makers of JAWS, brought a suit against GW Micro, makers of Window Eyees, for a copyright infringement. The U.S. Patent Office seems to be reconsidering its verdict.
blind photographers was mentioned in this week’s Top Tech Tidbits. This is good to know.
Device helps blind, deaf to cross roads – road intersections in Cape Town to get vibrating audio buttons to ensure safety of disabled people.
Free Books for Download | FreeBook-s.com – search on this site for any kind of free e-book.
Google Editions aims to bring e-books to all devices – Ars Technica – books to be readable on nearly any device, they claim.
Independent Living Aids products for visually impaired people. USA based.
JAWS scripts for Winamp, Goldwav, and more from Ultra Universe.
Leading Book Distributor and K-NFB Reading Technology Team Up to Deliver Immersive, Next-Generation Reading Experience « The BAT Channel – Baker & Taylor, Inc., the major book distributor, teams up with Ray Kurzweil’s company.
Lighthouse International’s LowBrowse™ add-on for Firefox that blows up text in a line at the top of the viewing window.
Listen to interview with Martha Lane Fox – Action for Blind People interview the woman from Digital Inclusion Task Force to find out about the inclusion of visually impaired people in Digital Britain. Bizarrely prented as an inaccessible Flash control.
Transcript (DOC format)
MaxiAids products to enable you to live more independently. USA based.
PHANTOM Omni® Haptic Device enables people to handle 3d virtual objects. It could be used to model art-works or products for commercial production. Learning to write is another possible use. Presumably surgeons in training could also work on a virtual body before they work on yours!
This blog entry deals with the Phantom Mni as used by blind learners.
Quick Tips » We are Colorblind » Patterns for the Color Blind – advice to web designers on colour combinations that don’t work and reminders about good contrast.
Request for Comments on Facilitating Access to Copyrighted Works for the Blind – from the US Patent Office.
Scoop: R&D investment supports technology for the blind – infra-red direction-finding system guides blind people to key points in the environment by sending signals to a hand-held device.
Social Accessibility Project – come across inaccessible web content? Tell the Project and get the pages made more accessible without changing the original content.
Sound Solutions: – Free Recorded Media for Visually Impaired People | Braille Institute of America – learning and life experiences.
Tech Talk on Tuesday, 20 October at 00:00 GMT features a review of JAWS v.11