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Perkins Panda Early Literacy Program

Perkins Panda Early Literacy Program is a compilation of materials designed to help you instill a love of books and reading in your child through a set of fun toys and stories. The kit comes complete with three print/braille picture books, three audio cassettes, three activity guides and a story box. Although this program has […]


Happy Holidays!

It’s that time of the year again! Everyone is  shopping for holiday greeting cards to send to  friends and family. There are thousands and thousands of holiday cards available in stores, but typically none of these cards are written in braille. Fortunately, greeting cards that are written in braille can be found and purchased online. […]

Posted in: Blindness, Braille

Color Teller

The Color Teller can help people with low vision or blindness identify colors. In addition to identifying colors, this device will announce tints and shades, such as light blue, pink, and dark brown. The Color Teller can also tell users whether lights are on or not. The Color Teller has three language options, which are English, […]

Posted in: Blindness, Low Vision

Sunu Band

The Sunu Band is a smart watch designed for people who are blind. The Sunu Band uses sonar to detect the proximity of objects and provides haptic feedback to the user. This smart watch can also help to keep track of and find personal belongings, such as keys and luggage, using compatible personal item tags. […]

Posted in: Blindness

Accessibility Features on Comcast XFINITY Services

Comcast offers built-in accessibility features on their XFINITY X1 Entertainment Operating System. These accessibility features include a talking TV guide, video description, accessibility, a voice remote, and improved closed captioning. Talking Guide The Talking Guide reads aloud program descriptions as well as other text displayed on the screen in order to help individuals with low […]

Alexandravision Meteor Vibrating Watch

The Alexandravision Meteor Vibrating Watch is a quartz timepiece that was developed for people with low vision and blindness. It gives the time using inaudible and discreet vibrations so that individuals can check the time in meetings or crowded areas without disturbing anyone around them. It features a crescent moon shape with a rounded bottom […]

Posted in: Blindness, Low Vision

Bureau of Engraving and Printing Taking Applications for Free Currency Readers

The Department of Treasury’s Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP) is seeking to make U.S. currency accessible to all individuals. To make this possible, the BEP is taking applications from individuals with low vision and blindness from across the county to receive a free currency reader. This currency reader is called iBill Currency Identifier. This […]

Posted in: Blindness

Learning Braille with Tack Tiles

Learning Braille can be hard. One way to combine learning with sensory awareness is using tactile blocks. The Tack Tiles Braille System is a tactile teaching tool based on LEGO type blocks that can help a person learn to read words, numbers and music in Braille. Tack Tiles Braille blocks are available in English, French, […]

Posted in: Blindness

HIMS Vendor Demonstration

HIMS, a company that specializes in the development and manufacturing of assistive technology for individuals who are blind or have  vision needs, joined WVATS at the Center for Excellence in Disabilities for device demonstrations of low vision products and braille displays/notetakers. Two devices new to their company that were demonstrated were the Candy 5 HD […]

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