American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults
Future Reflections
       Special Issue: The Individualized Education Plan (IEP)

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Taevis Library Bundle
Independence Science
3000 Kent Ave.
West Lafayette, IN 47906-1075
Contact: Robert Jaquiss, (866) 862-9665
[email protected]

Independence Science is pleased to announce the Taevis Library Bundle, a collection of 11,280 ready-to-print images from the fields of chemistry, biology, computer science, aeronautics, and more. The bundle includes a SwellForm starter kit consisting of a SwellForm machine, two packages of SwellTouch paper, and a pen for creating hand-drawn images. The Taevis files were created in the 1990s at Purdue University for several visually impaired students, and most of the drawings have Braille labels. SwellTouch paper is coated with microcapsules used for creating tactile images. Line art is printed or copied onto the paper using a laser printer or photocopier. When the printed pages of SwellTouch paper are passed through a SwellTouch machine, black areas become raised because they absorb infrared light, expanding the capsules.


Flying Blind, LLC
Contact: (216) 381-8107
[email protected]

The mission of Flying Blind, LLC is to develop and/or market adaptive solutions for persons who are vision-impaired within educational, vocational, community, and residential settings. The company's website and newsletters include notices about gently used equipment that may be purchased well below list price.

Custom Cane
Contact: James Alan Boehm, (901) 483-1515
[email protected]

Wondering what to do with that old cane in the closet? Is that drawerful of old canes collecting dust and taking up space? Donate your old canes to Custom Cane's new You Cane Give program. Custom Cane is collecting and refurbishing old canes to send to individuals around the world who are blind or visually impaired. In countries such as Mexico, China, India, and South Africa, few people have access to the proper tools to empower independence and success. Do not let your old canes go to waste! You Cane Give allows you to give your used cane to someone who needs it. Canes in all sizes are needed. You Cane Give was founded a year ago, and so far is shipping canes to contacts in Peru, South Africa, and Nigeria.

The Braillery
5 Cumberland Circle, El Paso, TX 79903
Contact: Robert Simon, (915) 307-7733
[email protected]

First manufactured in the early 1950s, the Perkins Braillewriter was built for durability. The Braillery maintains a vast supply of parts and can restore any damaged Brailler to useful service. A fixed charge includes complete cleaning, replacement of any and all worn parts, and a warranty not only on the repair itself but on the complete machine.


Mystery Science

Designed by an elementary-school science teacher, Mystery Science offers a series of challenges for kids in grades K-5. Each lesson begins with a two-minute video presenting a mystery about animals, rocks, weather, or some other aspect of science. Each lesson comes with questions and a list of materials for hands-on exploration. Free memberships are available for teachers, schools, and homeschooling parents that have not tried Mystery Science before.

Music for the Blind

This website provides lessons and courses for a dozen musical instruments. The music instruction is provided in an all-audio format, so students need not know how to read print or Braille music. The site offers lessons on how to play hundreds of songs on piano, guitar, banjo, saxophone, violin, flute, and more.


Sunu Band Sonar SmartWatch

The Sunu Band is the first blind-accessible smartwatch that combines sonar technology with precision haptic feedback to augment spatial awareness and navigation. The watch allows the wearer to feel the environment with vibrations and avoid accidents to the upper body, follow in a line with ease and maintain personal space, and smoothly navigate through crowds. The Sunu Band SmartWatch was tested in partnership with the NFB, Perkins School for the Blind, Helen Keller Institute for the Deaf-Blind, and MIT.


Dozen: The Best of Breath and Shadow
Edited by Chris Kuell
ISBN: 978-1-5412-6640-7
Breath and Shadow, 2016.
Available in paperback and Kindle editions

This anthology gathers the finest poems and essays from the first twelve years of Breath and Shadow, a literary magazine that features the work of writers with disabilities. As editor Chris Kuell, an active member of the NFB, explains in his foreword, these are "pieces that embrace living, inspiration, expiration, mystery, darkness, and imagination, work that may or may not be about disability, but that is informed by the author's experience of disability."


Documents on Automated Braille Production: An Historical Resource

This archive is the singular work of David Holladay, a member of the staff of Duxbury Systems. The project started with an effort to update one page in the Duxbury Systems website, and it has grown to span more than two centuries of developments related to reading and writing for blind people. This is a collection of documents, mostly pdf files, all saved on one server. The documents are arranged chronologically and are related to blindness, Braille, the automation of Braille production, and much more.

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