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Read about the people behind Scottish Braille Press as well as news and events.

'I feel secure': Proof Reader Jodie describes the impact of the Scottish Braille Press on her career

Jodie Renton

Scottish Braille Press employee Jodie Renton has told how securing a job at the organisation has caused her to grow in confidence after she previously struggled to find work due to her vision impairment.

Posted: 11/07/2018


'They called me Joe 90': Scottish Braille Press employee Jim McCafferty on trialling a futuristic navigation gadget in the 1970s

Jim wearing the Sonicguide in 1971

In a world of self-parking cars, augmented reality games and voice-controlled mobile phones, advances in technology are becoming ever more futuristic.

But in 1971 when Scottish Braille Press worker, Jim McCafferty, was asked to trial a new gadget to help blind people navigate using sound, his friends found the device so space-age they nicknamed him ‘Joe 90’.

Posted: 01/08/2016


A Brailliant visit from Sue Reid Sexton!

Sue Reid Sexton reading at the Royal Blind School

This year's National Braille Week got off to a flying start with support from two leading authors. Granta Best Young British Novelist Jenni Fagan launched the week during the Portobello Book Festival (more here), then we had a fantastic visit to our services from historical novelist Sue Reid Sexton.

Posted: 07/10/2014 | Education


Braille exhibition at the Scottish Parliament

Woman demonstrates historic braille equipment

The Scottish Parliament played host to an exhibition on the history of the Scottish Braille Press. 

MSPs, including convener Stewart McMillan, and representatives of visual impairment organisations attended the Cross-Party Group on Visual Impairment on Tuesday.

Posted: 09/02/2017


Braille: A Dotted History

Braille Text

Braille is a code by which all languages may be written and read. Through its use, people who are blind or visually impaired can read the written word.

Posted: 08/10/2014


Celebrating 125 years of the Scottish Braille Press

Scottish Braille Press logo

An exhibition, which describes the development of Braille and celebrates 125 years of The Scottish Braille Press, will launch next month at Central Library, Edinburgh.

Our story begins in France, and a chance meeting on the streets of Paris in 1874 provides Valentine Hauy the inspiration to devise a tactile system of printing embossed books for blind and partially sighted people.

Posted: 28/09/2016


Dennis Robertson MSP says Braille is about more than books

Dennis Robertson MSP and his guide dog, Mr Q, in the Scottish Parliament

Scottish politician Dennis Robertson, the first blind Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP), talks to Royal Blind about why Braille is still so important to him in everyday life, despite the advances in technologies.

Posted: 09/10/2014


Facebook: New 'automatic alt text' feature launched to describe photos to blind people

screen shot of Facebook's alt text feature

Facebook has become more accessible to blind and visually impaired people with a new feature which uses artificial intelligence to describe images.

Posted: 05/04/2016


Full contact rugby for fans

The VISER tactile board used at rugby games

Forget Fitbit – two of the rugby fans at Saturday’s Scotland vs England rugby match had their fingers on the pulse of the game using the “Tactile Board System”.

The board is an A3-size diagram of the pitch.  Raised lines indicate the edges of the pitch, the halfway line, the 10 and 22-metre lines and the try lines.

Volunteers watching the game move the hands of the person with vision impairment across the board to indicate players’ positions, and the movement of the ball.

Posted: 05/02/2020


How to use Twitter's new feature to make images more accessible for visually impaired people

How to use Twitter's new feature to make images more accessible for visually impaired people

Twitter is set to become more accessible for blind and visually impaired people with a useful new feature. 

The social networking company has added ‘alternative text' to photos, allowing users to add descriptions to non-text content like photos and diagrams in order to help visually impaired people to be involved in the post. 

Posted: 31/03/2016