Braille & Literacy

Dave Power and Kevin Carey holding a refreshable braille display
March 24, 2016
After five years of research, Transforming Braille Group unveils affordable refreshable braille display for use in developing countries and libraries.
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 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.
A mother and her young daughter, wearing a yellow pleated dress, on a makeshift runway at a fashion show. Audience members are seated all around them.
October 2, 2015
Inspired by her daughter, a British mother starts a campaign to put a Perkins SMART Brailler in the hands of every U.K. child who is blind


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