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Free Resources for People Who Are Blind to Learn to Use Apple Products

Free Resources for People Who Are Blind to Learn to Use Apple Products
In this post, we will highlight some websites that offer free tutorials, podcasts and other materials developed to teach persons who are blind and visually impaired how to use Apple products. This list is not necessarily comprehensive; we welcome comments that mention other materials you have used that accomplish the same purpose. Additionally, we include free information here; we may create a separate post which highlights other resources that are available for purchase.


AppleVis describes itself as a “ccommunity-powered website for blind and low-vision users of Apple's range of Mac computers, the iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Apple TV and Apple Watch.” AppleVis seeks to accomplish their goal of empowering persons who are blind and visually impaired by providing a wide range of content concerning Apple products.

Getting Started
AppleVis contains a detailed “Getting Started” section which, as you would expect, …

Throwback Thursday Object: 1920's Road Map

Our object this week is a bit of a mystery, but very interesting.  By mystery I mean we do not know who made it, or why, or when.  It is the what of it that is interesting.  It is a tactile map of the U.S. Highway System, probably made in the 1920s.  We know it can’t be much earlier than 1925 because it includes Route 66 between Chicago and Los Angeles.  And it can’t be much later than 1928 because U.S. 60 in Kentucky is not on the map.   The base of the map is made from plywood, and the borders of the states are routed out.  The Great Lakes, the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, and the Gulf of Mexico are routed out and painted blue.  The roads themselves are made from flexible wire that is soldered together where the roads meet.  Brass pins mark the locations of major cities, but only those that are located on the roads.  Louisville, which today has three major interstates connecting it to the rest of the nation, is not marked, because U.S. 60 is not on the map.  There is a brass key to …

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Beautiful Braille: Show Your Love of Braille with Braille Jewelry

Are you looking for a unique gift, something for someone in your life who loves Braille? Maybe you want something unusual, unlike anything you can find in a regular jewelry store. In this post we will describe four websites that offer Braille jewelry, one of which sells other types of jewelry also and three which focus entirely on Braille.
The first site is called Katoj; it carries a line of Braille jewelry. They explain why they make Braille jewelry by saying:
Inspired by Nikki and Kendall, our friend’s twin daughters who are visually impaired, our Braille necklace and bracelet designs are a special edition to our line. Each ½” disc is stamped with one raised Braille cell that can be read by the Blind and Visually Impaired. We solder the jump rings for extra endurance and include a large jump ring on the end to ensure the discs do not fall off the chain upon removal. Our Braille design is not just for the VI community, it has also grown in popularity among young women who simply wan…

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BeSpecular and Be My Eyes: Apps that Assist the Blind in Identifying Objects with the Assistance of Sighted Helpers

While several apps exist that assist persons who are blind and visually impaired with identifying objects, most of them do not involve direct interaction between the person who is blind and a sighted helper. Two differing apps, however, do use interaction between individuals as the basis for their determining objects, colors, and other related information for a person who is blind. BeSpecular is an app that launched in July of 2016 while Be My Eyes has existed for a couple of years.BeSpecular describes its operation as follows:The BeSpecular app equips VIPs (the term the app developers use to refer to persons who are blind or visually impaired) with a tool that enables them to lead more independent lives. Both our groups (visually impaired persons, VIPs and sightlings, which is the term the app developers use for people with sight) will have the BeSpecular app. A VIP is able to take a photo of something that they need more detail about (e.g. what colour is this shirt). The VIP adds a …

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July 2016 APH News now online

**This Month’s Headlines:
Building on Patterns Writers Meet to Begin Kindergarten RevisionSpecial Event at AER International: Groundbreaking Developments from APH!Bold...Strong...Together! Annual Meeting 2016APH Needs Your Help with Transition and O&MAPH Needs Your Feedback about PAIVI!Treasures from the APH LibrariesSocial Media SpotlightAPH Travel CalendarNew Products from APHThe Braille Book Corner and much, much more…The news is available at