Advent Of Change (Episode 11)

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We hear from Kristina Salceanu, founder of Advent Of Change about their braille advant calendar. It’s available for £29.95 online via both Advent of Change and John Lewis and it’s also available at John Lewis’s Oxford Street store.

Braille News Roundup (Episode 10)

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We’re back! And we start our new series with an overview of the braille landscape, including:

Holly Scott-Gardner (Episode 9)

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In this episode, we talk with Holly Scott-Gardner about studying Spanish, living abroad and the impact of braille on these pursuits.

we also discuss:

ICEB Mid-Term Executive Meeting (Episode 8)

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Where do new Braille signs come from? Who decides? Do we need a new Braille file format?

We hear from James Bowden, a highly regarded Braille Specialist with RNIB. James is a member of the UK Association for Accessible Formats (UKAAF) and represents the UK on the International Councel on English Braille (ICEB), which met at ChildVision”>, the National Education Centre for Blind Children in Ireland, this April for its mid-term executive meeting. We discuss the new sign for a tick, requirements for reading electronic braille files and the 2018 Braille Essay Writing Contest.

CSUN Special (Episode 7)

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California State University of Northridge held their 33rd International Conference on Technology and Disability in San Diego this March. BrailleCast made a whistle stop tour of the exhibit hall to discover what new braille and tactile reading products could be making waves in 2018.

We’ll hear about the tactile graphics Display that enabled blind students to touch a total solar eclipse, we learn about a metric braille caliper, we hear about the latest low cost braille tech from India, and we get hands on with a paperless braille slate from South Korea.

We’ll also learn about Spanish product Braibook, hear about improvements to the Mountbatten Brailler, discover a new 20 cell braille notetaker from HIMS, play Braille music with HandyTech and, following mixed response to the Dot Watch, what’s next for the Dot Corporation?

In Other Braille News from CSUN:

  • VFO has refreshed their Focus line of refreshible braille displays.
  • Brailliant BI14 from Humanware is now released.

Scott Davert (Episode 6)

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In this episode we hear from Scott Davert from the US. Scott is a braille advocate and deafblind specialist and sits on the Disability Advisory Committee of the Federal Communications Commission. As well as this, he actively promotes braille in the Applevis community, and has recently written a series of braille display reviews which have been published by Accessworld from the American Foundation for the Blind. In the UK, his expertise are shared through the RNIB Connect website. The conversation covers a wide range of braille issues including the state of braille, quality control issues faced by blind students, and a round-up of some recent braille products.

Links of Interest

Perk up your Perkins (Episode 5)

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Paul Sullivan of the Bristol Braillists speaks with Alan Thorpe from EYECAN about manual braille writing equipment. Alan shares tips on caring for your Perkins Brailler and how the design has endured for over half a century.

We also discover other historic Braille Writing machines including Pike Glouser, a British machine from the first half of the 20th century.

EyeCan http://www.eyecan.org.uk/
History of the Perkins Brailler http://www.perkins.org/assets/downloads/research/history-of-brailler-11-17-09.pdf
Braillists Foundation http://www.Braillists.org

Orbit Reader (Episode 4)

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In this episode, we have a detailed chat about the Orbit Reader 20, the long-awaited and eagerly-anticipated low-cost Braille electronic reading device.

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UKAAF AGM (Episode 3)

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Dave williams and guests catch up with all the latest news from last month’s UKAAF AGM, explore issues facing blind students needing Braille in higher education, and we debate the value of the survey from the International Council on English Braille.

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BrailleNote Touch (Episode 2)

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This is Episode2 of Braillecast. Thank you for listening!

Our host Dave Williams discusses the BrailleNote Touch, interviewing several teaching assistants at schools in the UK where the Touch is used. He talks to Greg Stilson from Humanware about the product.

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