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Quick Tip: Louis, AMP, and UEB. What’s happening with regard to Unified English Braille in Louis and AMP? Let’s find out!

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Customize your white cane with Kustom Cane

ByUnknownAugust 26, 2016ImageMost people who are blind and visually impaired use one ormore aids for orientation and mobility, the white cane being one of the mostcommon ones. You may think of your cane as merely a functional device and,indeed, it does fit that description.

Your cane, however, is a part of you, something everyoneelse notices. Now thanks to Kustom Cane, you can own a cane that stands outfrom all the others, a cane that displays your personality and things thatmatter to you.

Kustom Cane strives to provide canes that are safe. Everycane includes reflective material that makes you visible when traveling atnight. Kustom Cane will add this reflective material to any cane you send to themeven if you don’t buy a customized cane from them. Kustom Cane will personalizeany type of cane and even offers to make customized harnesses for service dogs.

When you visit the homepage www.kustomcane.com, you find a promotionalvideo and a guide for determining which type of cane is best for you. You alsofind …Post a CommentRead More »

Throwback Thursday Object: Espinasse Braille Duplicator

ByUnknownAugust 25, 2016ImageOur object this week would allow a small shop toemboss its own braille publications and in a very unique way. Designedfor small scale braille reproduction, the Espinasse Braille Duplicator wasinvented in 1954 and sold for about $250. From the instruction manual,”There is a master plate and a punch plate which each have 3200holes. The punch plate is fitted with small punches in each hole; it isfitted over the master plate and the braille is written with a frame [slate]just as in ordinary writing. An awl [stylus]pushes the small rods inthose cell holes forming the letters into the master plate. The masterplate is placed on a flat bed; a pressure roller is drawn over the master plateand the paper on which the embossing is to be done, and when lifted off, thepaper contains an excellent grade of braille.” It was made by theSociete Nationale de Constructions Aeronautiques du Sud-Est, a French aircraftmanufacturer which emerged from the nationalization of the Fre…1 commentRead More »

Quick Tip: EZ Track Calendar, Address Book, Financial and Medical Record Keepers! EZ Track is a multi-faceted line of products designed particularly for people with low vision. They feature large print, easy-to-use binder formatting, and special accessories as aids in organizing important day-to-day activities.

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Paid Resources Available to Persons Who Are Blind and Visually Impaired for Learning to Use Apple Devices

ByUnknownAugust 19, 2016ImagePaid Resources Available to Persons Who Are Blind andVisually Impaired for Learning to Use Apple Devices

In a recentFred’s Head post, we explored free resources that persons who are blind andvisually impaired could access to learn to use Apple products. Along with theseresources, however, other materials exist that differ in scope and format andare available for varying levels of costs. In this post, we will list a numberof books, audio tutorials, and multimedia series that persons who are blind andvisually impaired or those who teach them may purchase and use to learn orteach persons who are blind and visually impaired to use Apple products.


National Braille Press

National Braille Press, NBP, offers several books discussingApple products including iPhones, Macs, the Apple TV, and different categoriesof apps.

Learning the Mac

Janet Ingber, who has written other books about using Macswhich NBP has published, recently authored a new book called Everything You Need to Know…Post a CommentRead More »

Quick Tip: World Maps: Find out all about these thermoformed tactile maps representing countries, continents, and regions of the world!

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Blind Alive Provides Accessible Exercise Information and Routines for Persons Who Are Blind and Visually Impaired

ByUnknownAugust 12, 2016ImageWhen it comes to exercise, many blind and visually impaired people may hesitate to participate for a number of reasons. In this post, we introduce you to Blind Alive, whose mission is to help blind and visually impaired people to be more active and to incorporate exercise into their lives. One of Blind Alive’s team members provided the following information about their mission and their website:

Fitness has always been a concern for both mental andphysical health regardless of age, gender, or any other variables that makeeach of us unique. And for those who are blind, fitness is every bit as much—ifnot more—important.

Exercise for the visually impaired is something that shouldbe incorporated into a weekly, if not daily, routine for a variety of reasonsthat are both similar and different from those of their sighted peers. Forthose with total loss of sight as well as for those who have low vision, a lackof regular exercise can bring on a host of other issues, including weight g…Post a CommentRead More »

Throwback Thursday: Plate for Creating APH’s First Mass-Produced Tactile Map

ByUnknownAugust 11, 2016ImageIn honor of our Olympic and Paralympic athletes competing inRio this month, I tried to find a map of South America in our collection. We have many. Our object this week was used to make our firstmass-produced version of a tactile map. This is a brass embossing plate.APH introduced its series of cardboard tactile maps in 1894. Captionswere originally in NewYork Point, the point system that most U.S. schools used before 1910,although some of the surviving plates indicate they were later converted tobraille. The three volume set included eighty maps with the bulk coveringthe United States and its territories. This plate was used to create amap of the western hemisphere. I am no cartographer, but I think this isa verticalperspective projection map. Somebody can check me up on that. The earth looks round, as if you were stationed somewhere in outer space andlooking at half of the globe. The land is indicated by raised horizontallines, with a few rivers picked out by …Post a CommentRead More »

Quick Tip: Using the Menu Bar on the Interactive US Map. Project Leader, Karen Poppe, shares how to use the menu bar on the bottom margin of the Interactive US Map with Talking Tactile Pen.

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August 2016 APH News!

ByUnknownAugust 09, 2016APH News, August 2016 – Your monthly link to thelatest information on the products, services, and training opportunities fromthe American Printing House for the Blind.

**Please visit our special “Back to School!” issue, now posted onour website!

**This Month’s Headlines:
Welcome Back to School!Bold. Strong. Together! Annual Meeting 2016Back-to-School Shopping Tool! List of Recommended APH Products for Programs Serving Students with Visual Impairment, 2016-20172016 APH School Supplies ListDigital Large Print Textbooks: Order New or Existing Titles for Back-to-School!Back-to-School Memories from APH StaffFAQs: JAWS and MAGic Student EditionCOMING SOON! Video Mag HD!Treasures from the APH LibrariesSocial Media SpotlightAPH Travel CalendarNew Products from APH and much, much more…http://www.aph.org/newsPost a CommentRead More »

Coloring Outside the Lines: Coloring Books for Persons Who Are Blind and Visually Impaired

ByUnknownAugust 05, 2016ImageColoring Books for Persons Who Are Blind and VisuallyImpaired
Did you know that several organizations make coloring booksfor persons of all ages who are blind and visually impaired? In this post, wewill introduce you to several coloring books with varying themes and objectives.Perhaps you may discover a new hobby that you may have thought was beyond yourreach.

The American Printing House for the Blind

Lots of Dots

The American Printing Housefor the Blind, (APH) has developed a series of three coloring books calledLots of Dots.

Lots of Dots: Counting 1 2 3

The first book is entitled Lots of Dots: Counting 1 2 3. TheAPH website offers the following description of the series and this first book:
Lots of Dots: Counting 1 2 3 is one book inthe Lots of Dots Coloring Book Series. An exciting set of threeraised-line coloring books designed for future large print and braille readers.The books are designed for sequential use; children develop characterrecognition, pre-literacy, and pre-mat…Post a CommentRead More »

Throwback Thursday: Soviet Era Propaganda Poster Warning against the Dangers of Illiteracy and Blindness

ByUnknownAugust 04, 2016ImageThe concept of blindness is often used—even today– as ametaphor for ignorance or stupidity. In our object this week, a Sovietera propaganda poster takes advantage of negative stereotypes to warn againstthe dangers of illiteracy. The State Press of Petrograd in Russiasilk-screened the original poster in 1923. The poster shows a bearded man in the brightred garb of a traditional Russian peasant wears a blindfold, and with his handsthrust out before him, walks straight off a dangerous cliff. The Russiancaption below reads “An illiterate man is like a blind man.” But theposter takes this warning a bit farther, giving a glimpse into the expectationsthe Communists had for their citizens with vision loss, “Failure and misfortunelie in wait for him on all sides.” As part of their attempts totransform an agrarian country into an industrial one, the Soviets required alltheir citizens to be able to read and write. These posters and otherslike them would have been p…Post a CommentRead More »

Quick Tip: Swirly Mat Sets: Version II: Kristie Smith, a TVI, discusses fun uses for Swirly Mat Sets: Version II!

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