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NFB Writers' Division logo NFB 2015 Creative Writing Contest Jan 22, 2015 The 2015 Youth Writing Contest from NFB (National Foundation of the Blind) is an annual event to... more
Natalie Barraga Goodbye to Natalie Barraga Dec 30, 2014 It is with great sadness that we have learned of the passing of Natalie Barraga.  Born in Texas in... more
Katie Cagen Refreshable Braille Gets and Engineer's Touch Nov 21, 2014 Katie Cagen, a student at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, invented a device... more
UNCO logo Study to Determine Needs of Educators of Students Who Are Deafblind Nov 07, 2014 As an educator of students with sensory disabilities, we would like invite you to participate in... more
low cost braille printer Low-Cost Braille Printer Gets Intel Backing Nov 04, 2014 Middle School student 13-year-old Shubham Banerjee received back from Intel Capital for his... more
Girl reading braille 77 Perkins Students Participate in Read for the Record Oct 31, 2014 Recently 77 students and staff from Perkins School for the Blind participated in Read for the... more
I'm the Best Giant Print & Braille Is Access2Books Useful to Your Work? Oct 21, 2014 Can you tell me if your work has a use for our books at  It would... more
Toddler looking at tablet with picture of camel on it. Is e-Reading Story Time or Screen Time? Oct 18, 2014 The benefits of reading aloud to young children is well documented, but as tablets and eBooks... more
BANA logo The UEB Reader Oct 16, 2014 BANA (Braille Authority of North America) has announced the release of The UEB Reader.  This is a... more
iOS 8 Bugs Affecting Accessibility in iOS 8 Sep 19, 2014 Before upgrading to iOS 8, you may wish to review this information from AppleVis about reported... more
APH Customer Satisfaction Survey APH Looking for Input on Customer Satisfaction Sep 08, 2014 Each year, the U.S. Department of Education seeks input from vision professionals on the... more
iBraille challenge app icon Pilot Testing the iBraille Challenge app Sep 07, 2014 New project seeks teachers of students with visual impairments and their students to pilot test the... more
Mocking Jay cover New Titles from Seedlings Sep 07, 2014 Seedlings Braille Books for Children announces the publication of new braille books with fiction,... more
Seedlings logo New Print-Braille-Picture Books from Seedlings - 2014 Aug 29, 2014 Seedlings Braille Books for Children has announced their list of new books as of August 2014.  ... more
3-D illustration of tactile book Picture Books Using 3-D Printing Aug 18, 2014 This article on 3-D Printed Books for the Blind discusses the use of three-dimensional printing to... more
A house of cards made of math facts Why Americans Stink at Math Aug 06, 2014 A recent article in the New York Times magazine discusses the challenges that many American... more
Smartshoe Indian Smartshoes Help Users Find Their Destinations Aug 05, 2014 Indian startup Ducere Technologies Pvt. will begin selling its Bluetooth enabled Lechal shoes for... more
Cherokee language in braille Cherokee Language Now Available in Braille Jul 22, 2014 The Cherokee Nation has worked with the Commonwealth Braille and Talking Book Cooperative earlier... more
Braille Book DOTS Summer 2014 Issue Jul 20, 2014 DOTS (Development of Teacher Support) for Braille Literacy is a free online newsletter published... more
Robert J. Smithdas Dr. Robert Smithdas Passes Away Jul 19, 2014 Dr. Robert J. Smithdas passed away on July 17, 2014 at the age of 89.  He was an author, lecturer... more
iBill U.S. Currency Reader Program Jul 15, 2014 The Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP) of the U.S. Department of the Treasury has announced... more
Cover of Insight Magazine Paths to Literacy Featured in RNIB's Insight Magazine! Jul 10, 2014 We are honored to be featured in the July/August 2014 issue of RNIB (Royal National Institute of... more
FingerReader FingerReader Increases Access Jul 09, 2014 The FingerReader from MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) scans text and uses a synthesized... more
Meeting of WIPO Accessible Books Consortium Accessible Books Consortium Launched through WIPO Jul 03, 2014 WIPO (the World Intellectual Property Organization) and a group of key partners launched the... more
Pediatrician showing picture book to mother and baby Pediatricians Help to Promote Reading Aloud Jun 25, 2014 The American Academy of Pediatrics has announced that they will help to promote reading aloud to... more
Antonio Guimaraes Accessibility and Google Jun 12, 2014 An article in the Braille Monitor titled When Just Listening Is Not Enough: Google Falls Short on... more
APH logo Early Numeracy Materials Jun 03, 2014 APH would like to know your thoughts about early numeracy materials.  Combining math into... more
Beta testing New ZoomText in Beta Needs Feedback May 24, 2014 Ai Squared announced that ZoomText 10.1 for Windows 7 is now available in a beta version and ready... more
Students with iPads The iPad as a Learning Tool for Students with Visual Impairments May 16, 2014 Blogger Tara Mason talks about ways in which the iPad is an ideal learning tool for students who... more
boy with sunglasses A Young Composer is Motivated to Learn Braille Apr 28, 2014 A recent article in Perkins Perspectives looks at the role of music in motivating a teenager to... more