Part 2: Relevance of Braille: Sighted Individuals Discuss the Relevance of Print in the 21st Century

Caption: Older Man Reading with Magnifier In Part 1 of this discussion, several blind people of different ages and backgrounds described various ways they use braille, showing why it is essential to their daily lives. In Part 2, several sighted people describe various ways they use print in their daily lives, showing reasons they could … Continued

No Limits! Braille and Print Relevancy in the 21st Century

Caption: Peer Advisor Empish Thomas Reading Braille Bathroom Sign There has been considerable discussion in recent years about the relevance of braille in the digital age, in an age when computers will talk and audio files are everywhere—podcasts, books, broadcasts, etc. As the VisionAware (VA) Peer Advisors began preparing articles to celebrate Louis Braille’s 210th … Continued

Part 1: VisionAware Peers Demonstrate the Relevancy of Braille in the 21st Century For People Who are Blind or Visually Impaired

Caption: Writing Braille with a Slate and Stylus Trina Bassak Trina is a physical therapist. She described the results of a 3-way call between herself, Jeannie Johnson, and myself on the use of slate and stylus. “It came up because of my dismay in braille labeling and lack of options,” Trina said. “I really was … Continued

Finding Braille in Everyday Places: What Would Louis Braille Say If He Could See Us Now!

The VisionAware peer advisors are celebrating Louis Braille’s birthday on January 4 with a compiliation of everyday places where you will be able to find and use braille. In case you don’t know, Louis Braille was the creator of the braille code, which revolutionized reading and writing for blind people throughout the world. I compiled … Continued

Low-Cost Refreshable Braille at CSUN

CSUN, the annual Assistive Technology Conference, took place this month in sunny San Diego, and again, I participated "virtually," listening to podcasts and reading tweets of the products featured in between shoveling out from a series of late winter storms in southern Maine! For readers unfamiliar, CSUN is often a conference where new products, updates, … Continued

The Holy Grail of Braille

"Holy Braille" is a term coined by the University of Michigan’s School of Information for a project directed by Sile O’Modhrain, Associate Professor, to create a tablet of braille cells that will more closely emulate a page of embossed braille on paper. Part of the effort of this team is to transform the mechanism that … Continued

What Does Braille Have to Do with Glaucoma? My Personal Experience

Editor’s note: In January, we celebrate both National Braille Awareness and National Glaucoma Awareness months. Guest writer Jasmyn Polite shares her experience and advice as a person with glaucoma who has learned braille. Learning the Importance of Braille by Jasmyn Polite I have glaucoma and have progressively lost vision as I have grown older. When … Continued