A refreshable braille display is a device that allows a person who is blind or partially sighted to read the contents of a display, like a computer, a text line at a time as a line of braille characters.
In addition to CNIB contributing financially, Diane Bergeron, Executive Director, Strategic Relations and Engagement, CNIB, was a member of the product development committee which provided input on design and testing in Canada.
"Reading is one of the daily human activities affected most profoundly by vision loss, and it's absolutely critical to the success of a person who is blind or partially sighted living in a sighted world," said Bergeron.
"Early childhood literacy can have an impact on a person's commitment to education, ability to work and level of personal satisfaction in life."Braille continues to be an important tool for people who are blind or partially sighted, despite advances in technology. Reading braille helps teach basic literacy skills like spelling, grammar, sentence structure and comprehension in a way that audio cannot help with. Simply hearing the words "there" and "their" won't teach you how "they're" spelled.
The Orbit braille reader works over Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, and can read files stored on an SD card inserted in the reader.
The Orbit braille reader can read translated, formatted braille (BRF) files, translated, unformatted brailled (BRL) files, portable embosser format (PEF) files and text (TXT) files.
CNIB is the exclusive supplier of the Orbit braille reader in Canada, which will be available in the fall from Shop CNIB at www.shop.cnib.ca
CNIB is a registered charity, passionately providing community-based support, knowledge and a national voice to ensure Canadians who are blind or partially sighted have the confidence, skills and opportunities to fully participate in life. To learn more, visit cnib.ca or call the toll-free CNIB Helpline at 1-800-563-2642.