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.
Ready for Spring? Watch this video featuring WBZ-TV anchor Lisa Hughes as she talks about The Blindfold Challenge, a 5K run in collaboration with the B.A.A. during Boston Marathon weekend. NBP is recruiting runners now!
Celebrate National Poetry Month - April - with critically-acclaimed poet and kids' book author Mary Ann Hoberman's A House is a House for Me - a National Book Award winner!
This month also marks an important moment in the Club's history: It's the first Book Club selection to be transcribed in Unified English Braille code (UEB). We've included a special symbols page, in print/braille format, bound right into the book, to help kids, parent and teachers become acclimated to the changes in the code.
Author Janet Ingber has updated her guide on Apple Macintosh computers running the Yosemite Operating System. Intended for all blind users, it explains how to use VoiceOver (Apple's onboard screen reader), learn the keyboard layout, choose preferences, navigate text, surf the Web, and use many of the standard applications that come with the Mac, such as Apple Mail, Safari, iTunes, and TextEdit. Read the table of contents here.
Congratulations to TechBridge World research group at Carnegie Mellon University for their state-of-the-art invention, "Braille Tutor Project." This automated tutor software with audio feedback will help students learn to write braille. Honorable Mention goes to Rahul Namdev for the intuitive STEM Access System. Read more about the Touch of Genius winners and Awards Ceremony.
Thank you to all who supported the Great Expectations literacy program for blind kids. Thanks to you, we raised over $10,000 and Reader's Digest Partners for Sight Foundation generously matched your donation dollar for dollar. We will be announcing the next Great Expectations selection in just a few weeks. Stay tuned!
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