Braille Monitor                                                March 2013

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The Fully Accessible Interactive Bulletin Board in the Betsy Zaborowski Conference Room

The Betsy Zaborowski Conference Room in the NFB Jernigan Institute features a fully accessible, interactive bulletin board

The Betsy Zaborowski Conference Room in the NFB Jernigan Institute features a fully accessible, interactive bulletin board. Developed by the Institute's Education team, the bulletin board serves two purposes: to showcase what the NFB Jernigan Institute is doing and to demonstrate for teachers how to make a fully accessible and attractive bulletin board.

This quarter the title of the bulletin board is WE LOVE BRL; YES WE DO! WE LOVE BRAILLE; HOW ABOUT YOU? This quarter’s board proclaims our love for Braille to the world. The title for this display is a spinoff of a ditty President Maurer frequently sings which begins, “I love Braille: yes I do!/ I love Braille….” The associated audio clip, which visitors can hear by pressing the button to the right of the board, features Dr. Maurer singing his Braille ditty.

The board’s valentines theme featurs red, white, pink, and purple hearts of all sizes. The plain black background of the board allows the hearts to take center stage. Each phrase of the title appears on its own large heart. The four large title hearts are clustered somewhat randomly in the center of the board. Scattered around the title are twenty-six hearts featuring the letters of the alphabet in raised print, standard Braille, and simulated Braille, with small tactile hearts representing the dots in each letter. The alphabet hearts are diverse in construction. The red, white, pink, and purple base hearts are made from craft foam or balsa wood or small cardboard heart-shaped boxes. The simulated Braille dots of each letter are foam and rhinestone hearts and heart-shaped brads. Scattered around the alphabet hearts are other tactile hearts of various sizes made from the materials mentioned above. The heart theme is carried all the way to the border, where multi-colored tactile hearts frame the display.

A message on the board invites guests to take a heart-shaped card from the supply provided at the bottom of the board to write (in Braille or print) a message about why they love Braille, and pin it to the board for others to read.

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