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Celebrating braille and keeping braillists informed with exclusive interviews, independent reviews, comprehensive demonstrations, clear presentations, thought-provoking commentary and up-to-the-minute braille news.
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Join Aaron Kyro, everyone's favorite sponsored skateboarder from the San Francisco Bay Area, as he sits down every week to interview all your favorite skateboarders, offer exclusive insight into his life, his company Braille Skateboarding, and what it means to be an athlete and a human.
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This session, presented by Saima Akhtar, is designed to give you a Whistlestop tour of the fundamentals of Arabic braille. Rest assured, it’s not nearly as complicated as you think. By the end of the session, you will have more insight into the following areas: The origins of Arabic braille Common misconceptions around the structure and layout of A…
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Do you need an easy way to identify your shampoo from your hair removal cream? Do you want to avoid accidentally feeding dog food to your dinner guests—again? Does your granddaughter complain that you’ve covered up the print label on her favourite midnight snack with your “special dots”? Our sense of touch can give us much more information about ou…
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Many braille displays include an SD or Micro SD card slot. However, when it comes to purchasing a suitable card, there are so many options! Which is best, and which work with your braille display? In this session, we were joined by friend of the Braillists Ben Mustill-Rose to help make sense of them. He covered: Technical terms – SD, Micro SD, SD H…
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According to its website, “BrailleBlaster™ is a braille transcription program developed by the American Printing House for the Blind to help transcribers provide blind students with braille textbooks on the first day of class.” It uses markup from source documents to automate formatting, and provides “tools to make advanced tasks quicker and easier…
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Sometimes, you just need a BRF file with no fuss, even though you know it might have the occasional error or won’t be formatted quite as you’d like. RoboBraille is one solution to this problem. It works with a large variety of file formats including PDF, Microsoft Word and plain text, and converts them to braille within a matter of minutes. Best of…
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Following our exploration of braille translators during National Braille Week, we were delighted to be joined by esteemed assistive technology pioneer Dean Martineau. Dean is a long term braille user and has spent many years developing his own personal braille shorthand system. In this Masterclass, Dean introduced us to the Biblos braille translato…
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For many years now, Sight Scotland have championed National Braille Week, an opportunity to celebrate braille usage and raise awareness of the importance and value of braille. It runs in the second week of October, to coincide with World Sight Day. In 2023, we celebrated National Braille Week at the Braillists by running five Masterclasses, one eac…
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For many years now, Sight Scotland have championed National Braille Week, an opportunity to celebrate braille usage and raise awareness of the importance and value of braille. It runs in the second week of October, to coincide with World Sight Day. In 2023, we celebrated National Braille Week at the Braillists by running five Masterclasses, one eac…
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For many years now, Sight Scotland have championed National Braille Week, an opportunity to celebrate braille usage and raise awareness of the importance and value of braille. It runs in the second week of October, to coincide with World Sight Day. In 2023, we celebrated National Braille Week at the Braillists by running five Masterclasses, one eac…
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For many years now, Sight Scotland have championed National Braille Week, an opportunity to celebrate braille usage and raise awareness of the importance and value of braille. It runs in the second week of October, to coincide with World Sight Day. In 2023, we celebrated National Braille Week at the Braillists by running five Masterclasses, one eac…
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For many years now, Sight Scotland have championed National Braille Week, an opportunity to celebrate braille usage and raise awareness of the importance and value of braille. It runs in the second week of October, to coincide with World Sight Day. In 2023, we celebrated National Braille Week at the Braillists by running five Masterclasses, one eac…
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Supernova is a screen magnification and screen reading package from Dolphin Computer Access Ltd, based in Worcester in the UK. Braille display support is a core part of its offering, but we don't hear very much about it. In this session, we were joined by Aj Ahmed, proprietor of AAT Solutions, an independent provider of assistive technology trainin…
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If you have a new braille display and you’re struggling to connect it to your computer, iPhone or iPad, or you have a new computer, iPhone or iPad and you’re struggling to connect it to your braille display, this session is for you. We covered: The pros and cons of Bluetooth and USB Pairing and unpairing your braille display via Bluetooth Drivers a…
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Many screen readers, including JAWS and NVDA, make use of the popular, open source Liblouis braille translation engine as part of their braille display support. In this session, we explained and demonstrated how to harness the power of Liblouis braille tables to implement additional contractions in your screen reader of choice. If you use a long wo…
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“What’s wrong with grade 2?” In many cases, nothing. It strikes a good balance between compactness, readability and lack of ambiguity. However, in some cases, a code which is even more compact than grade 2 is extremely advantageous, especially when information needs to be written down at speed. The Braille Shorthand Code was one attempt at creating…
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iOS 17 was released last September, bosting a number of significant braille enhancements. In this Masterclass, we were joined by Scott Davert to find out more. Scott is well regarded in the blind community as an expert in braille on iOS. He regularly contributes braille-related content to the AppleVis website, and presented a series of three Master…
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The 39th CSUN Assistive Technology Conference took place from 18 to 22 March in Anaheim, California, hosted by the Centre on Disabilities, Division of Student Affairs at California State University, Northridge. There were many exciting braille product announcements at the conference, and the latest prototypes of previously announced braille product…
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Getting tactile diagrams at University is often not as easy as it should be. However, the Open University has an excellent reputation for accessibility, and has developed robust processes for students to request diagrams and for those diagrams to be designed and produced. This session was presented jointly by Jeff Bashton, former Visual Impairment …
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Bristol Braille Technology CIC recently released version 2.1 of the firmware for Canute 360, the world's first multi-line braille E-reader. Canute has come up in conversation many times before, but never specifically: what is it, and what can it do? In this episode, we sit down with Ed Rogers, Managing Director of BBT, to find out. Links of interes…
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The braille community is buzzing about the next generation of braille display: multi-line devices which can show anything from tables to tactile graphics at the press of a button are now a reality, and enthusiastic early adopters around the world are putting the technology through its paces. These multi-line braille displays will, sooner or later, …
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It's an exciting time for braille as we approach the 200th birthday of the braille code, and the International Council on English Braille will be celebrating in style this year with its eighth General Assembly, the theme of which is "Two Centuries of Braille". It will take place from Saturday 25 May to Thursday 30 May at The Grand Millennium Hotel …
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The Braillists Foundation held a face-to-face meeting at the 83rd annual convention of the National Federation of the Blind at the Hilton Americas-Houston hotel, Texas, in July 2023. Our Chairman, Dave Williams, was there with a microphone to soak up the atmosphere. We spoke to: Bristol Braille Technology CIC Hable A Cubed Design Ka Li (consulting …
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As the days get shorter and the nights get colder, a few people joined us for a cosy fireside chat to round off the year on Tuesday 19 December. How do you write and address your Christmas cards? How do you know whose Christmas presents are whose? And what part does braille play in all of this? We were joined by our expert Braille for Beginners tea…
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Wouldn't it be wonderful if you could just pick up a tablet of sorts, draw on it, and have the drawing in a tactile form? And wouldn't it be even more wonderful if you could simply erase the drawing and start over if you didn't like it? The Braille Doodle does just that, and we catch up with the Touchpad Pro Foundation to find out more.…
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If you've been following Braille Skateboarding for a while, you know that Dani and Aaron Kyro are an absolute delight when they're together on screen. In this episode, we get to know them even better as they answer listener questions, spill some Braille video tea, talk about their favorite skateboarding tricks, share their visions for the future of…
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Have you ever downloaded a book from Bookshare or Reading Services, but struggled to extract the zip file? Have you ever had a BRF file emailed to you, but not been able to copy it to your braille display? Does your braille display only support text or BRF files, but you want to read Word or PDF files on it? If you can answer “yes” to any of these …
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We've got a very special guest on the podcast this week, Aaron's wife of 13, no wait 15 years, Dani Kyro! In one of our most candid interviews to date, Aaron and Dani take a trip down memory lane as they share the story of how they first met, complete with an embarrassing tale from their very first date. But there's a twist - they were married not …
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In the 2nd part of our conversation with the legendary Karl Watson, we dive deep into the evolving world of skateboarding. We discuss how skateboarding, once a bastion of individualism, has seen its originality fade as social media has surged. We also explore Karl's journey to becoming a pro skater and his mission to introduce beginners and their p…
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This week we dive into the fascinating journey of Karl Watson, a skateboard legend hailing from the streets of Oakland, California. From his early days running with a rough crew of kids to a chance encounter that led to an unexpected friendship and business partnership, Karl's life story is a rollercoaster of grit, grinds, and good times. He takes …
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Josh Sigler, founder of Brittle Bones Brigade, a once local, now expanding refuge for mature skateboarders sits down with Aaron Kyro to discuss the frustrations with learning how to skate as an older person, and how he is trying to find solutions through his local "advanced age" community. ---- Sponsors: Domestika: Check out our producer's course o…
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Join us in this episode as we dive into the extraordinary life of Purple – a skateboarder, inventor, and all around amazing dude with over 40 years of skateboarding expertise. From revolutionizing skateparks to grappling with government bureaucracy and industry politics, Purple's story is one of passion and perseverance. Early on in life, Purple ha…
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Listen folks, this episode starts off the rails with a claim that "bowling is the dumbest sport ever and Ricky Glaser mastered it in just 30 minutes", but we quickly get things on track, so like, don't even worry about it... The heart of the episode revolves around Ricky's personal journey in skateboarding. From his initial aspirations to his event…
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This week, we have the privilege of delving into the remarkable journey of Trevor Ward, a true skateboarding legend and industry veteran. He sheds light on the struggle of going pro in Australia, outlining the various challenges and limited opportunities that aspiring skateboarders face in the country. Driven by his passion and dreams, he decided t…
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In this episode, we delve into the inspiring and heartwarming story of Rick G, a 46-year-old skateboarder, who made headlines when he showed up at a 24-hour live stream at 1 am to attempt a kickflip. Join us as we explore how skateboarding became more than just a hobby for Rick G and helped him cope with the loss of the love of his life. Discover R…
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Aaron Kyro sits down with Tom Kelly, the producer of the Braille Drop podcast, to discuss the launch of the Braille Drop podcast and their goals for the show. Aaron talks about what it's like running his YouTube channel and his company, his dream competitor in a game of S.K.A.T.E., how a total newbie can feel comfortable going to a skatepark for th…
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In our conversation with Gabe, a seasoned skater, we explore his journey from his first experience on a skateboard to becoming a sponsored rider for Revive. Growing up in a California high school, Gabe shares his unique perspective on the challenges and rewards of being a skater in that environment. He opens up about his initial dislike for Aaron, …
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Whether you're new to braille or an experienced braillist, reading is an important and fundamental process. To fully appreciate the brilliance of braille for use in daily life, reading is something you should enjoy and feel comfortable with. But what can you do to improve your reading skills once you have learned all the letters and perhaps some co…
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