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Accessible Media Blog

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

Local cafes support National Braille Week with new Braille menus

Daniel and Christina at S Luca's

Eateries local to the Royal Blind School are getting into the National Braille Week spirit by supplying Braille menus for visually impaired customers.

Posted: 13/10/2016 | Education

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National Braille Week celebrated at Grassmarket Community Project

Student examines Braille machines

Dozens of people gathered at the Grassmarket Community Project last night in celebration of Braille and alternative formats.

Posted: 12/10/2016

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Thank You for the Music: Video released to celebrate National Braille Week

Pupils and staff gather in hall to perform song

Children and adults across Royal Blind Group services have joined forces to make a video celebrating music in honour of National Braille Week. 

Royal Blind School students and staff, Forward Vision members and members of Scottish War Blinded's Linburn Centre star in Thank You for the Music - a cover of the Abba hit. 

Posted: 12/10/2016 | Education, Adult Services, Scottish War Blinded

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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

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'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

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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

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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

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Into the wild: Sue Reid Sexton on writing, facing fear and how she turned her campervan into a mobile office

Into the wild: Sue Reid Sexton on writing, facing fear and how she turned her campervan into a mobile office

Intrepid author Sue Reid Sexton is hoping to encourage others to connect with nature and with themselves through adventures in the wilderness by sharing the story of her love affair with campervans in a new book, Writing on the Road, Campervan Love and the Joy of Solitude, available from the Scottish Braille Press on April 7.

Posted: 29/03/2016

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Interview with author Alex Gray: 'Literacy should be accessible for everyone'

Interview with author Alex Gray: 'Literacy should be accessible for everyone'

An award-winning crime writer has spoken about the importance of making literature accessible for all – after being shocked to learn that just 5% of books are translated into Braille.

Posted: 03/03/2016

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Three Voices: Royal Blind Group staff and members star in short film

Anne Findlay sits in her living room

Royal Blind Group staff and members have taken the spotlight in a short, emotive film about blindness.

Posted: 02/02/2016 | Scottish War Blinded

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