American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults
Future Reflections
       Special Issue: The World of Work      WHAT'S HAPPENING

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Where the Blind Work

The Employment Committee of the National Federation of the Blind maintains this website as a unique employment resource for blind people. What kind of work are blind people doing? How do they do it? Why should employers hire a blind person? Within the pages of this website, you will find written personal accounts of blind people in many kinds of employment, how blind people do their jobs, how a blind person can enter the field, and what positive influences have helped blind people achieve their goals.


Future Reflections in Spanish

The National Federation of the Blind and the American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults are pleased to announce that this issue of Future Reflections will be offered simultaneously in a Spanish-language edition. Future Reflections plans to publish two issues in Spanish in 2023, and then to publish all issues in Spanish going forward. We are thrilled to make the ideas and information in Future Reflections available to Spanish-speaking readers!


Braille on Demand

The NLS Braille-on-Demand pilot program, launched in 2022, now allows all registered patrons to receive five hardcopy Braille books per month with no return date. Patrons may request books directly at the website listed above, or they may contact their network library for assistance in filing their requests. Any Braille book available on the BARD website is eligible to be produced in hardcopy through this program. Books will be mailed directly to the requesting library patron.

Braille eReader Program

In summer 2020 the National Library Service (NLS) launched a pilot of the Braille eReader program, which provides participating NLS patrons with a twenty-cell Braille display capable of reading BRF files (Braille Ready Files), the format used for electronic books in the NLS collection. The eReader includes Bluetooth and Wi-Fi capability, a USB port, and SD   storage card access. Patrons may download books from BARD or order BRF titles on an SD cartridge from their network library. The eReader program is now available to patrons in forty-two states. To find out whether a Braille eReader is available for you, contact your network library.


Braille Doodle

The Braille Doodle is an inexpensive B-SMART device for Braille learning and tactile science, math, and art. It allows a user to write and create, feeling as they go. B-smart is an acronym for Braille, Science, Math, and Art. The Braille Doodle has an array of hundreds of holes on the doodle side. Each hole contains a smooth metal ball that can be pulled to the surface by a magnetic stylus. The user erases simply by pushing the balls back down. The Braille side of the Braille Doodle is a place for learning and practicing Braille. The top section contains examples and practice spaces for every letter. Below are lines for practicing words and sentences.


Tactile Graphics Website
Contact: Lucia Hasty, Rocky Mountain Braille Associates
[email protected]
51 Woodbridge Dr., Colorado Springs, CO 80906

This website is created to promote excellence in the design and production of Braille graphics. The site includes basic information on production and techniques, new products to assist in the production of Braille graphics, highlights on hardware and software, and upcoming opportunities for training and conferences. Contact Lucia Hasty with questions, ideas for articles, information about new projects or products, or to showcase your discoveries.

People who use iOS devices may find useful apps listed at the Apps Directory maintained by AppleVis, a free online resource. The site lists more than one hundred apps designed specifically for blind and low-vision users of Apple products.


Educational Technology Survey
The NFB is gathering information regarding the accessibility of educational technology used in our nation's schools (kindergarten through graduate level). If you are a student, parent, teacher, or administrator who uses screen-access software or other accommodations to participate nonvisually in educational programs or services, or if you are the parent, teacher, or administrator of someone who does, please complete the Education Technology Survey once a semester and contribute to this important research.

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