HAPPY JANUARY 4th! Today represents the birth of
one of the most amazing and monumental inventors in modern history. The
invention of this individual single-handedly has made a positive difference in
the lives of tens of millions of people around the world.
You are probably wondering, who is this guy talking about?I can’t think of anybody famous born this day. Whether you know who I’m talking about or not, today really is an important, life-changing day for many people.
This NY Times piece was sent by Cheri Hofmann. In case the link doesn’t work, I’m providing you the text:
January 3, 2010
Listening to Braille
By RACHEL AVIV
AT 4 O’CLOCK each morning, Laura J. Sloate begins her daily reading. She calls a phone service that reads newspapers aloud in a synthetic voice, and she listens to The Wall Street Journal at 300 words a minute, which is nearly twice the average pace of speech. Later, an assistant reads The Financial Times to her while she uses her computer’s text-to-speech system to play The Economist aloud. Continue reading →
Are you tired of spending hours shopping and waiting in long lines to make those special holiday purchases? Thankfully, there is a quick and easy way to cut out the stress of the season.
The Louis Braille Bicentennial Silver Dollar is a unique and beautiful gift that benefits the National Federation of the Blind’s “Braille Readers are Leaders” campaign, a national initiative created to double the number of blind children learning Braille by 2015, improve certification standards for teachers of Braille, and conduct innovative programs to support Braille literacy. Continue reading →
19th Century Innovation Remains an Integral Part of Our Future
Thursday, March 26, 2009 marks a defining moment in American History: the launch of the 2009 Louis Braille Bicentennial Silver Dollar taking place at the National Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute in Baltimore, Maryland. The 2009 Louis Braille Bicentennial Silver Dollar commemorates the 200th anniversary of the birth of Louis Braille, inventor of the Braille system, a vital tool used by the blind to read and write.This coin is the focal point of a national effort to bring awareness to the Braille literacy crisis. Continue reading →