Brian Mac Donald, president of NBP, recruited a core team of engineers, entrepreneurs, and researchers, blind and sighted, in 2008 to comprise Team CBI. With experience from IBM, Motorola, and private firms, Team CBI is headed by Deane Blazie who is well known for inventing a successful line of braille computer products for blind people: Braille 'n Speak, Braille Lite, and Braille Lite 40. Many of the Team CBI members are devoting their expertise as volunteers.
The launch of National Braille Press's Center for Braille Innovation, has created a new business model for creating more affordable accessible technology products. NBP has been joined by government agencies, non-profit organizations, universities, and profit companies like IBM, that agreed to work together in an effort to make a difference. Universities include: UCLA, MIT, North Carolina State University, Northeastern University, Bentley University, and the University of Tokyo. Non-profits include: National Federation of the Blind, American Printing House for the Blind, American Foundation for the Blind, RNIB (Royal National Institute for the Blind), World Braille Foundation, American Council for the Blind, and the China Braille Press in Beijing.
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