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Table of Contents President’s Message: New Year’s Reflections for 2022, by Dan Spoone American Council of the Blind Salutes Audio Description Award Winners Come One, Come All to the 2022 D.C. Leadership Conference, by Clark Rachfal Announcing ACB’s 2022 Tours, by Janet Dickelman Call for Nominees for 2022 ACB Awards, by Carrie Muth and Koni Sims Th…
 
We were delighted to have been joined by Sean Randall for the second in a two-part series. Sean is something of a computing and IT mastermind and now works at New College Worcester, training many of their students in the use of assistive technology including screen readers and braille displays. This session covered sources of reading material that …
 
Happy Christmas! In this special episode, James Bowden talks us through drawing some stars. The instructions are provided in written form below: Star 1 Line 1: ow sign (Dots 246); comma (dot 2) Star 2 Line 1: o (dots 135; k (dots 13) Star 3 Line 1: capital sign (dot 6); ar sign (dots 345); gh sign (dots 126); apostrophe (dot 3) Line 2: dot 4; wh si…
 
We were delighted to be joined by Kim Charlson, Executive Director of the Perkins Library (part of Perkins School for the Blind). Kim is author of the book “Drawing with your Perkins Brailler”, which includes step-by-step directions for creating 36 different drawings including shapes, animals and subjects with holiday and transportation themes. In …
 
Table of Contents President’s Message: I’m So Thankful!, by Dan Spoone ACB and Walmart Team Up on White Cane Day to Amplify the Importance of Health for Independence for Blind and Low Vision Americans Convention 2022 Preview: The Hilton Omaha, by Janet Dickelman Summaries of the August and September Meetings of the ACB Board of Directors, by Penny …
 
Freedom Scientific is perhaps best known for its popular JAWS screen reader, but it also manufactures the Focus line of refreshable braille displays. The first generation of these well-known units was released in the early 2000s, and now the fifth generation is available in 14, 40 and 80-cell configurations, with the 40-cell version being an integr…
 
For at least the past 30 years, blind people have been well-served by notetakers: electronic, computer-like devices with a Perkins-style keyboard and speech and braille output. At their most basic level, they've functioned as an electronic brailler for composing documents and, of course, taking notes, but they've also included functionality such as…
 
We were delighted to have been joined by Sean Randall for the first in a two-part series. Sean is something of a computing and IT mastermind and now works at New College Worcester, training many of their students in the use of assistive technology including screen readers and braille displays. This session primarily discuss the various braille devi…
 
George Bernard Shaw, in his play Pygmalion, wrote that "the rain in Spain falls mainly on the plain." That line has its roots in spoken language, though of course in English rather than Spanish! But what about written language? We quite often talk about braille being useful as a tool when learning languages, but María García Garmendia of Madrid, Sp…
 
Transcription, for anyone who doesn't already know, is the process of taking content in one format and converting it into another. In this case, print is being converted into braille, a process ubiquitous in the production of braille books, magazines, bills, bank statements, legal documents and much more. Humans have been at the heart of this proce…
 
It's a question we get asked all the time – how can I read braille more quickly? To answer it, we were delighted to be joined on Tuesday 19 October by Kit Aronoff of Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and founder of Main Line Accessibility Consulting. Kit has a background in elementary education and, using principals of teaching literacy…
 
Perhaps you're thinking about learning braille, but don't know whether it's worth it. Maybe you learnt braille as a child, but haven't used it since. You might know braille and want to use it in your daily life, but can't work out where it will fit. Or you could be bamboozled by braille technology, gadgets and gizmos.A panel of passionate braillist…
 
What is computer braille? Are there different flavours? What are all the signs? Why would you want to use it? Is it still relevant now that we have UEB?The latest occasional Masterclass from RNIB’s braille expert James Bowden answered all of these questions and more.This session was recorded on Tuesday 21 September 2021. For further information ple…
 
Dave Williams, Chairman of the Braillists, explored how to use braille displays with various combinations of screen reader and web browser, unpicked some of the jargon that appears on the display, and explained how to navigate without a QWERTY keyboard or touch screen.This session was recorded on Tuesday 7 September 2021. For further information pl…
 
Table of Contents President’s Message: It’s All About the Perfect Key Lime Community Pie, by Dan Spoone Summary of the July 16, 2021 Meeting of the ACB Board of Directors, by Penny Reeder On to Omaha, by Janet Dickelman Moving Forward after COVID: Renewing, Rebuilding and Enhancing Ridership, by Patrick Sheehan How I Nearly Became Roadkill on a Rou…
 
Table of Contents President’s Message: ACB, We Did It!, by Dan Spoone 2021 Convention Truly ‘Better Together Wherever We Are,’ by Janet Dickelman Wrapping Up ACB’s Second Virtual Conference and Convention, by Katie Frederick And This Year’s Award Winners Are …, by Debbie Rozear and Deb Trevino Thank You from the Auction Committee, by Leslie Spoone …
 
How many listeners remember Talks? The popular screen reader for Series 60 and other phones running the Symbian operating system. It first came to the market in the early 2000s, and perhaps its most well-known proponent in the UK was Steve Nutt, the man behind Computer Room Services. His expertise when it comes to mobile phones is unparalleled and,…
 
Table of Contents Opening Matter and TOCPresident's MessageGet Moving TogetherThe World Turned Inside OutHow do the Blind Live in Bosnia and HerzegovinaAn Eye on the United States of AmericaIndia-One Country, Many PlanetsBlindness in the UAEErasmus+ A world of OpportunitiesDescribing DiversityAffiliate NewsPassingsHere and ThereHigh Tech Swap ShopM…
 
Most of us know about grade 2, of course, with its 180 contractions designed to make braille quicker to read and write and occupy less space.Grade 3 extends this concept still further with over 300 additional contractions, rules to allow vowells to be omitted, and provisions for reducing spaces and new lines. Whilst it’s not an officially recognise…
 
"Most of us who know braille were taught it." It sounds like such an obvious statement – so obvious, in fact, that it seems appropriate to conclude that the world has an abundance of braille teachers, and the methods and techniques that they use are mature, uniform and understood by everyone working in the field. Presumably, approaches that work we…
 
In Using Braille on Windows, we introduced you to the basics of making a braille display work with various screen readers. In this session, we took this to the next level in the first of an occasional series of Masterclasses looking at the braille settings of a particular screen reader.This time it was JAWS. There are lots of settings and we weren'…
 
Table of Contents President’s Message: Celebrating Fellowship and Welcoming in the Olympics at the 2021 ACB Convention, by Dan Spoone Accessing the Virtual Convention, by Janet Dickelman Continuing Education and Professional Development with ACB, by Carla Ruschival It’s Not Too Late to Get Moving Together with ACB, by Katie Frederick The Mini Mall …
 
After a recap of octave signs and intervals, this session covered: Word signs Ties and slurs Phrase marks You can follow Stuart on Twittre (@stuartlawler)โดย The Braillists Foundation
 
We're almost exactly a month away from the opening night of the BBC Proms, the world famous summer season of concerts of classical music founded in 1895. Since their infancy, they've championed the composition and performance of new works of music through various channels including, latterly, the BBC Young Composer competition.In 2018, one of the w…
 
Over the years, blind people have benefitted from incredible enhancements in the fields of electronic braille and accessibility in general. In fact, it’s now possible to purchase a fully accessible Amazon Fire tablet for under £50 which, pared with an inexpensive braille display such as an Orbit Reader, and Amazons Kindle store which offers access …
 
Parents reading with their children: it's an experience common to many households in virtually every country of the world. It's a uniquely special experience for both the parent and the child, remembered for years to come, and often relived as children become parents themselves, and parents become grandparents.For many blind people in the UK, it's …
 
This week's Masterclass has a more low tech flavour as we take a wander into the heart of the household. If you’ve ever wondered how to read braille recipes without ruining them or what to do when the label is too big for the jar, this session is for you.Emma Williams led the session – teacher of Independent Living Skills at New College Worcester, …
 
Table of Contents President’s Message: Blindness Should Not Be a Barrier to Good Health or Good Health Care, by Dan Spoone Convention Sneak Preview, by Janet Dickelman Continuing Education and Professional Development News, by Carla Ruschival The New $20: A Chance for Accessible Currency, by Dan Spoone Summary of the February Board Meeting, by Penn…
 
In this session, we covered: Rests: quaver, crotchet, minim, semibreve and dotted versions of the above Clef signs: treble (G) and bass (F) Octave signs and their use Interval signs and their use A mid-month clinic will take place on Monday 14 June at 8:00 PM in the UK and Ireland. The next teaching session will take place at the same time on Monda…
 
If you’re a blind Android user, you’re bound to have come across Steve Nutt at Computer Room Services. He’s blind himself, been in the accessible smartphone business for over 20 years, and has a vast amount of knowledge and experience when it comes to using smartphones with braille displays.We’re delighted that he joined us on Tuesday 18 May to pre…
 
You don't have to have been in the blindness community very long to have come across HumanWare and their two flagship brands: Victor Reader and BrailleNote. Indeed, on the second episode of this podcast, we talked extensively about the BrailleNote Touch, which has since been succeeded by the BrailleNote Touch Plus. BrailleNote is not the company's …
 
We’re starting to hear more and more about BRF files. They’re the default braille format on platforms such as RNIB Reading Services; they’re regularly used in the transcription industry to share braille versions of documents between producers; and notetaker users have used them to transfer files from one brand of braille device to another. But ques…
 
Topics covered in this session: Debunking some myths Notes and note values - quavers, crotchets, minims, semibreves and dotted notes Sharp, flat and natural signs Time signatures and their placement - 2/4, 3/4, 4/4, common time, 6/8, 9/8 Key signatures and their placement - D major (2 sharps), A major (3 sharps), B major (5 sharps) and F sharp majo…
 
Table of Contents- President’s Message: ACB Will Hold Elections at This Year’s Convention!, by Dan Spoone- ACB Welcomes Two New Employees- Registration Questions & Answers, by Janet Dickelman- Yes, There Will Be Voting at This Year’s Virtual Convention, by Koni Sims- Your Vote Counts, by Deb Cook Lewis- Continuing Education and Professional Develop…
 
We were delighted to be joined by renowned braille display expert Jackie Brown. Jackie is a freelance writer, regular reviewer of braille technology, and author of “Braille ON Display” (published by Mosen Consulting), a comprehensive comparison of braile displays and guide to choosing the right one. On Tuesday 20 April 2021, Jackie talked us throug…
 
Based in Houston, Texas, Dr Robert Englebretson is widely recognised for his contribution to braille research. In 2008, his work on updating the Braille International Phonetic Alphabet was published by the International Council on English Braille, and in 2019 the Braille Authority of North America made him a recipient of the Darleen Bogart Braille …
 
On Friday 28 August 2020, Everette Bacon joined a Braillists Foundation Stay Safe: Stay Connected call to talk about how the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) promotes braille literacy across the United States. Everette is a member of the Board of Directors of NFB and President of the Utah State Division. He told us how he has personally pushe…
 
If you've been following Braillists Foundation events recently, you'll be aware that we've been hosting a number of sessions thanks to a grant from the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust. But why is the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust interested in the Braillists Foundation? In September 2017, Ed Rogers, Managing Director of Bristol Braille Technolo…
 
Episode Notes Table of Contents President’s Message: Join Our International Journey toward Diversity and Inclusion, by Dan Spoone ACB’s New Members Portal Announcing the 2021 Talking Book Narrator, by Janet Dickelman Audio Description Project Calls for Nominations for the 13th Annual ADP Awards, by Joel Snyder 421 for ’21, by Jean Mann In Memoriam:…
 
RNIB, which operates one of Europe’s largest braille lending libraries, has recently announced changes to the way books will be produced from April 2021. Since the announcement, there has naturally been much discussion about what these changes will mean for braille readers in the UK and around the world. The Braillists Foundation and colleagues fro…
 
This session talked through advocacy strategies that you can use to facilitate access to braille in the wider world. This includes having healthcare and other personal communication sent to you in braille, as well as advocating for braille signage in public places. This session was recorded on Tuesday 16 March 2021. For further information please v…
 
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