Braille & Literacy

Stevie Wonder at the 2016 Grammys flanked by Kirstin Maldonado and K.O. Olusola of the band Pentatonix
February 16, 2016
Stevie Wonder's shout out for braille and accessible books surprised the crowd, but not the director of Perkins Library.
A hand reading printed braille
February 9, 2016
How it’s different, why it’s here and what makes it a better fit for braille readers in the United States.
A page shows two kinds of tactile writing, the standard alphabet and a raised-dot system
January 21, 2016
Fascinating facts about the history of writing systems for people who are blind, and how literacy continues to evolve in the 21st century.
A digital audio book player surrounded by book covers
January 12, 2016
From cookbooks to mysteries to presidential trivia, these were the most downloaded audio books produced by the Perkins Library.
A closeup view of an ATM's keypad, showing braille characters
January 4, 2016
Surprising facts about the raised-dot reading system, including an asteroid named Braille and why there’s braille on drive-through ATMs.
A mother and daughter reading a Perkins Panda book on the couch.
December 15, 2015
Hillary Kleck wants to donate a Perkins Panda Literacy Kit to students who are blind in every state to share the joy of reading.
Helen Keller and Polly Thomson visiting a veteran in a hospital bed
November 11, 2015
From braille to guide dogs, veterans have been front and center in many life-changing innovations in the blindness field.
Brayden reads a section of "Not Norman" aloud during Read for the Record
October 23, 2015
Perkins students join millions around the globe to celebrate literacy during annual Read for the Record event.
The iBill currency reader with a $20 dollar bill in it.
October 9, 2015
Until accessible U.S. currency makes its much-anticipated debut in 2020, the Perkins Library is distributing the iBill Talking Banknote Identifier device to people who are blind.
John Price stands next to an African man who is learning how to use a Perkins SMART Brailler
October 6, 2015
Q&A with John Price, who is bringing Perkins Solutions’ innovative technology to Africa Forum.

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