Happy Birthday, Louis Braille!

In honor of what would have been Louis Braille’s 205th birthday, we asked parents and educators to reflect on the importance of his braille code in their children’s lives. Emily Coleman writes about Why Those Dots Are Important to Me Susan Harper, a home-schooling mom and frequent guest blogger, writes about What Braille Means to … Continued

iPad Apps and Tactile Overlays for Children Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired

iPads, with their built-in accessibility features such as VoiceOver, have become an exciting educational tool for children who are blind or visually impaired. But it can be hard to figure out what apps will work best for your child. Voiceover is a wonderful accessibility feature, but will our children’s braille skills suffer if they rely … Continued

Inventor of Top-Braille Wins a Prestigious Award, Makes Headlines Around the World

Each year, for 109 years, the Lépine Contest in France selects a famous invention. This year the Top-Braille handheld device for instant playback of any printed text in braille or speech has won the prize—selected from more than 500 inventions! It is so cool to see how far technology has come in making communication accessible … Continued

Celebrate Children’s Book Week with Braille, Tactile, and Large-Print Books

I hope you all had a wonderful Mother’s Day weekend, and maybe even scored some precious rest. This week, I wanted to alert you to another special occasion: Children’s Book Week! Since 1919, Children’s Book Week has been celebrated nationally in schools, libraries, bookstores, and homes around the country—any place where there are children and … Continued

Exploring Foreign Languages with Braille

I recently came across this interesting article written by a dad in Los Angeles, Eric Vasiliauskas, who wanted to share his Lithuanian culture with his blind son: “Enriching Your Blind Child’s Life via Foreign Language Braille”. Literacy and braille are so very important and this site brings into focus how families can bring foreign language … Continued