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Throwback Thursday Object: Cybertalker, an Early Text-to-Speech Device

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APH Quick Tip: Physical Education (PE) Resources for People who are Blind and Visually Impaired

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Check out our Physical Education (PE) webpage to discover everything you need to know about physical education for individuals with blindness or visual impairments. It's all right at your fingertips, and you can learn about this resourceful page by watching this week's Quick Tip!

Throwback Thursday Object: The Hoff Aid, a left-to-right slate and stylus

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NEW PRODUCT: Chameleon, a Print, Braille, and Tactile Book from APH

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6-77951-00 -- $189.00

Chameleon is a print, braille, and tactile book featuring a friendly chameleon! Readers are introduced to concepts such as soft/hard, smooth/rough, big/little, on/under, heavy/light, short/long, and alone/together.

The colorful chameleon shapes can be felt and seen. From a smooth black chameleon, to a fuzzy green chameleon, to the big purple chameleon, contrasts are presented. Some illustrations involve the child in manipulation. A shy chameleon hides “under” a textured leaf. To illustrate heavy and light, each chameleon can be lifted from the page.

Chameleon is intended to be read aloud and shared with children with visual impairments, ages three years and up. Reading aloud can be one of the most powerful contributions adults can make to a young child’s development of literacy. Awareness of written language is developed. Sharing books in an interactive manner, talking about the text and illustrations, has been demonstrated to build vocabulary and stren…

Throwback Thursday Object: TellaTouch: a Very Early Refreshable Braille Display

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Our object this week is a very early and very simple example of what now is called a refreshable braille display. Unlike modern displays, which take digital files and convert them to braille, the Tellatouch facilitated communication between a typist and a deaf-blind reader, one character at a time. 
Jackson Kleber was an electrical engineer who had worked for both RCA and Bell Telephone. Laid off as a result of the Depression, he came to work for the American Foundation for the Blind in 1932 to help continue research efforts on the development of the "Talking Book." 


AFB launched a major effort on behalf of the deaf-blind in the mid 1940s. One of their first projects was an electrical device that would allow a typist to sit on one side, facing a standard keyboard. The machine would translate the keystrokes into a braille symbol on a plate at the back of the machine, "where a deaf-blind person could feel them with a fingertip." Kleber worked out the initial prototype…

Blindness Hall of Fame Class of 2015: Sir Francis Campbell and Dr. Alan Koenig

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