Exploring Braille with Madilyn and Ruff

For young children with visual impairments, there are additional challenges in terms of child development.  Many experts believe that children with visual impairments develop more slowly than their peers, but now research proves there is just as much “variability in terms of when they acquire a skill.”  As is the case with other children, practicing skills as […]

Not Just Another School Year

Writer: Tiffany Whisner, Coles Marketing It’s time to head back to school! The heat of summer still lingers, but students and their families are buying school supplies, packing backpacks and getting ready for another school year. The transition from summer to school can be tough — and even more difficult for students with disabilities or […]

The Dot: Smartwatch that displays text in Braille

By now, I’m certain a majority of you have heard of many smart devices available on the market, especially Apple’s flagship wearable, the Apple Watch.  While this smartwatch offers several accessibility features (e.g. VoiceOver), it doesn’t offer the same tactile benefits as Braille. A Korean startup company has thus developed The Dot, a smartwatch featuring active Braille technology. The Dot is a wearable […]

To Learn Yourself By Teaching Others

Writer: Tiffany Whisner, Coles Marketing “I’m grateful for my challenges because they have pushed me in ways that are invaluable, making me more compassionate for others and very aware we all are carrying our own baggage.” Kathy Nimmer couldn’t have said it better — especially since she’s a 10th grade English teacher who also teaches […]

7 Games and Toys for the Visually Impaired

Play is an important part of each child’s development.  During play, children learn essential skills such as communication, cognition, motor skills, social interaction, and other developmental skills.  While play is important for each child’s development, it is especially vital for children who are blind or visually impaired because it’s how they learn to interact with their surroundings.  What are […]

Smash-a-Ball: Electronic toy for visually impaired

Nadia Guevara and Pedro Bori are both educational psychologists with years of experience of working with children with visual impairments.  Play is an essential part to a child’s development, especially his or her cognitive development.  Guevara and Bori realized there aren’t many options available for children with visual impairments so they came up with a solution: […]