The guiding purposes of National Braille Press are to promote the literacy of blind children through braille and to provide access to information that empowers blind people to actively engage in work, family, and community affairs.
NBP has developed a series of short tutorials on how to use the Braille 2 Go (B2G) refreshable braille display. Check out this video on how to navigate the B2G home screen.
The first deaf-blind person to graduate from Harvard Law, Haben Girma is on a mission to get more developers to design software with people with disabilities in mind. An avid iPhone user, she recently decided to go straight to the source. In June, Girma gave a talk at Apple's Worldwide Developer conference in San Francisco urging the software makers to change how they design their applications. NBP is pleased to announce that Haben will be our special guest speaker at our A Million Laughs for Literacy Gala on October 28th. Read the full article on Haben's advocacy at the Apple conference.
In this staff favorite about looking at challenges differently, Brontorina is a surprisingly agile dinosaur determined to become a ballerina. She's graceful, but there are some concerns about her large size — she can't even fit into Madame Lucille's studio! With warmth and humor, Madame Lucille's class discovers that if they step outside the box, solutions may be found to some of the biggest problems imaginable.
The Boston Globe interviewed NBP staffers, Joe Quintanilla, vice president of development, and Nicole Noble, director of sales, on how braille menus change the dining experience for blind and visually impaired people. Read the full article.
NBP Staff returned from the two national conventions last week — the National Federation of the Blind in Orlando, and the American Council of the Blind in Minneapolis. Find out which books and tactile products were the most popular!
Highlights for Children interviewed our very own Laurie Lower for their June issue! The spread is titled, "What a Pro Knows, Making Books in Braille, Laurie Lower transcribes children's books for readers who are blind."
Laurie has been part of the NBP family since September 2012. Her braille preparation began at an NBP class taught by Eileen Curran and after becoming certified she worked as a paraprofessional for a six year old for a couple of years.
Read more about Laurie and the profile here.
The Fall Semester will be here before you know it — and you can receive 10% off your order of braille textbook reprints!