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Braille and Audio Together: Enhancing the Collegiate Learning Environment
by Jessica Minneci       What style of learning a blind or visually impaired student should employ while in the university setting is a topic that has been widely considered. Separately, Braille and audio have their advantages and disadvantages but when use...
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New BrailleBlaster Version Available for Download
BrailleBlaster version 1.1.17-stable is now available for download  here!  With this update you can expect a refining of previous processes and improved accessibility. Download the new version today to check out these updates including: Hands on a braille b...
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More Great Changes Coming to MATT Connect
Close up of the MATT Connect screen corner Even more great changes are coming to the MATT
Connect this winter. These updates, including changes in software and hardware,
will make the MATT Connect more durable and easier to use than ever!  What changes to e...
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Changes Coming to APH Accessible Textbooks
At American Printing House for the Blind, we talk a lot about making sure students have the learning tools that best fit their needs. Sometimes the best way to help students is to change the way we do things, or the products we create. Last year the APH Edu...
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The Theater Belongs to Everyone
For the past 6 years the Museum at APH has put on a unique performance. The actors are all blind or visually impaired, and read from embossed braille scripts. They use gestures to convey actions, but mostly rely on intonation to express their character’s mo...
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Throwback Thursday: Talking Book Technology
The TR-1000 phonograph had a boxy gray case, a bright aluminum tone arm, and foam on its aluminum turntable. We have more computing power in our pocket cell-phones than the computers used to take Americans to the moon.  The guts of those handy devices rely ...
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Preparing for College: Understanding Higher Ed Accommodations
by Jessica Minneci      Now, more than
ever, many blind or visually impaired high school students are considering
college as the next step in their academic careers. Like any new chapter in
life, the prospect of college may seem daunting or scary. Bearing s...
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Throwback Thursday: Vintage STEAM Product
Our object this week is an early STEAM product introduced in 1984 for low vision students.  “Microscope Use and Basic Life Forms” was adapted from a 1967 kit developed for fully sighted students by a company called National Teaching Aids (NTA).  That is not...
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Throwback Thursday: U.S. Signal Corps Sensory Aid
The Signal Corp Sensory Aid is a black metal box about nine by nine by three inches, with two  lenses on the front and a curved handle on top. One of the more interesting stories that we tell is how military technologies like sonar and radar began to be app...
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Throwback Thursday: Frank Hall's Greatest Invention
A few weeks ago, the   Hall of Fame   for Leaders and Legends of the Blindness Field inducted   Frank Hall   at a ceremony included in our annual meeting agenda.  In the aftermath, I was invited up to the   Illinois School for the Visually Impaired   in Jac...
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