American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults
Future Reflections Convention Issue 2015
Introduction to Braille: UEB Edition
Course ID: IBR-1113, IBR-123
Hadley School for the Blind
This introductory course provides the tools for those interested in learning to read and write Braille so they can communicate with family members who use Braille. It presents the fundamentals of the Unified English Braille Code (UEB), including letters, numbers, and punctuation. The goal is to enable students to read and write uncontracted UEB. The nine-lesson course is available in print and online, and a slate and stylus for writing Braille are mailed to the student. Interactive programs that simulate the Braillewriter and the slate and stylus are included in the online course only. These programs are included for practice purposes only and cannot be used to produce Braille.
Braille Reading Program--"I Do Like It"
"I Do Like It" is an immersive Braille reading program that introduces the learner to contracted Braille. The thirteen-book course starts with stories using stand-alone word signs and progresses to words containing two cells. Each story can be customized to include a student's name as well as the name of a story companion such as a friend or family member. The program is written for students who are learning Braille after acquiring print literacy. The downloadable Braille books are in Duxbury Braille Translator format (with both UEB and BANA versions); the download also comes with a print version in Microsoft Word. The books can be embossed from the Duxbury files or created manually from the print copies.
6dot Braille Label Maker
Voices of Xperience
584 Hancock Rd.
Harrisville, NH 03450
Contact: Jane Kronheim, (603) 827-3859
The new 6dot Braille Label Maker has a built-in Braille keyboard that produces high quality Braille. Labels are automatically scored and cut without the need for scissors. QWERTY keyboard connectivity allows people who do not know Braille to create labels.
New Books in UEB
Seedlings Braille Books for Children
1415 Farmington Rd.
Livonia, MI 48154
Seedlings is pleased to announce that all of its uncontracted print/Braille picture books are now available in UEB. In addition, four new uncontracted UEB print/Braille books for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers recently have been released. These are perfect for story time with any combination of blind, low-vision, and sighted family members. The books are listed on the Seedlings website.
National Braille Press
88 St. Stephen St.
Boston, MA 02115
The Great Expectations program is designed to encourage parents and teachers of blind children to help picture books come to life. The program is intended for children in preschool through grades 3 or 4, although many of the activities will be fun and interesting for older children as well. The latest book in the program is Pete the Cat: Rocking in My School Shoes by Eric Litwin. A fun tactile activity is included with the purchase of the book. The website includes suggestions for making tactile maps and mazes, tying shoes, and creating a scavenger hunt. There is even a Pete the Cat song and a selection of kid-friendly jokes. The first two books in the series, Dragons Love Tacos and The Day the Crayons Quit, can also be ordered from the website.
Slate & Style
Contact: Eve Sanchez, firstname.lastname@example.org
A publication of the NFB Writers Division, Slate & Style is a quarterly online magazine that features writing by blind children, teens, and adults. The magazine is dedicated to showcasing writers at all levels of writing skills. Contact Eve Sanchez for guidelines or to submit a story, poem, or essay.
Community Service Division Newsletter
The Fall 2015 issue of the NFB Community Service Division's newsletter is now available online. The newsletter contains articles by and about blind people who are volunteering in their communities. More stories of blind people involved in community service can be found on the division's blog, <nfbcommunityservice.wordpress.com>.
Tech Vision Newsletter on Student Success and Help with Technology
Contact: Denise M. Robinson, (423) 573-6413
This newsletter offers articles and videos that explain how blind students can master PowerPoint; how students can gain access to inaccccessible, secured textbooks; how teachers of the visually impaired can use Skype and JAWS to communicate with students; and much, much more. A trove of information is available at <www.mytechvision.com>.
Blind Living Radio
A series of podcasts that began as a way to spotlight issues involving blind people has morphed into a series of podcasts on a wide variety of topics. Guests have included the blind film critic Tommy Edison; blind photographer Tammy Ruggles; and Lucy Edwards, a blind woman who posts make-up tips on YouTube.
Blind Mice Mega Mall
Blind Mice Mega Mall is an online shopping mall "designed with the blind in mind." Stores include Blind Book Stop, with cookbooks and crafts manuals; Blind Mice Mart, with a variety of canes, cooking implements, and gadgets; Envision, Inc., with bar code readers; and Blind MiceILA, with a host of products to enhance independent living. As an added bonus, the Blind Mice Movie Vault contains thousands of audio-described movie soundtracks, available for free download.
Home Remodeling for People with Disabilities: What You Need to Know
This free online resource is a comprehensive guide for people with disabilities and their families. The guide aims to demystify the federal grants that are available to seniors, veterans, and people with disabilities for remodeling homes to make them fully accessible.
Comics for the Blind
Most people think that comics are a visual medium and believe that the visually impaired can't enjoy the experience. Comics for the Blind is here to change that notion, presenting comics in audio form, read by some of the world's top voice talent. Each 22-24-page comic is translated into 25-35 minutes of audio. New series are added every month. When you sign up for the newsletter, you can be informed of all the latest releases and updates. One series, Aurora, will always be available first for the visually impaired and later through other venues. In the Aurora series, the only person who can save the world from total destruction is blind.