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Braille On Display
I became a published author on 7 December 2016 when my new book, Braille On Display, was published by Jonathan Mosen
About the Book
There was a time when many people predicted that technology would cause Braille to die out. In fact, the reverse has proven to be the case.
Freed by the restrictions of bulky hardcopy Braille volumes, people can now carry a device with them that gives them access to thousands of books. When used in combination with smartphone technology, it’s even possible to get instant transcription from print to Braille. Braille is more vibrant and relevant than ever.
Sadly, Braille devices are expensive, so Choosing the right one is a significant technological decision. How can you be sure you’re choosing the option that best meets your needs?
“Braille on Display” is here to help. It’s a useful guide to many of the Braille devices on the market today, in plain English. I tell you about the features found in most of today’s popular Braille devices, and offer my opinion on their pros and cons.
You’ll learn about full Braille note takers, devices that act as Braille displays for your computer and smartphone, and devices that fall somewhere in between.
A handy table at the end of the book allows you to perform a feature comparison on all the products covered.
It’s hard for many of us to get our hands on all of these devices. So why not purchase a handy guide written by someone who’s done all the evaluation work already.
Who is this book for?
You’ll want to read “Braille On Display” if:
· You’re a Braille user who can afford, or who can access funding for, a new device and you want to be sure you’re choosing the one that meets your requirements.
· You enjoy window shopping the latest and greatest Braille tech.
· You’re an assistive technology trainer, and need a concise overview of the Braille display market.
· You’re not a Braille user yet, but want to understand what Braille devices do, so you can consider the benefits of learning.
I was born blind. I started to learn Braille at the tender age of four. I fell in love with Braille right away, and have used it as my first language daily ever since. When I was growing up, I used to carry a Perkins Brailler around school, a heavy, noisy machine on which my education was crafted. I was also taught to touch-type, another useful string to my bow.
But computers, screen readers and electronic Braille have since become game-changers. And while my trusted Perkins Brailler of almost half a century languishes silently in the corner, I am just as excited and motivated to use Braille today as I have ever been.
Every time I read Braille, I enjoy it. This may sound strange to some, but as much as speech synthesis on my computer and portable devices is essential, there is nothing to beat Braille for me. This is why I have a display linked to my PC and laptop, why I own a Braille embosser, and why I still love my trusty old Perkins.
I live with my husband and German Shepherd guide dog in Northern Ireland. I love using Access Technology, and try to embrace the many changes and frustrations it throws up. I volunteer for the British Computer Association of the Blind, Royal National Institute of Blind People, and Guide Dogs for the Blind Association. In one way or another, all my voluntary roles bring me into contact with technology, particularly Braille. Using assistive kit has enable me to do so many things in my life that would have been impossible to achieve without it. I have made lots of friends, and shared a fountain of knowledge with fellow users around the world. Many people argue that technology can make you lonely and isolated. For me, it has been the complete opposite as this book demonstrates.
Purchasing “Braille on Display”
When you buy “Braille On Display” for just $35 USD, you receive access to the book in ePub, PDF and Microsoft Word formats. The book is well-structured in all of these formats, making it easy to navigate between sections and get the information you want.
If Braille is important to you, then “Braille On Display” is a must read.
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