The BrailleDoodle™

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Our Vision of the Future

EVERY person deserves:

  • An inclusive education.
  • To Experience and Create Art! 
  • Accessibility to Science and Math.
  • A fulfilling career.
 
 

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Young boy wearing a blue t-shirt and glasses in India is writing braille. He uses the magnetic stylus on the prototype of the BrailleDoodle.

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    Our Vision of the Future,

    Starts with the Children.

    EVERY child deserves:

    • An inclusive education.
    • A fulfilling career.
    • To Experience and Create Art! 
    • Accessibility to Science and Math.


    EVERY child deserves:

    • An inclusive education.
    • A fulfilling career.
    • To Experience and Create Art! 
    • Accessibility to Science and Math.


    Summary

    The BrailleDoodle is an affordable, two-sided tablet for Braille learning and Tactile – Science, Math, and Art with a surfaces that refresh repeatedly. It allows someone to write and create, feel as they go, and erase with ease.

    Our Mission

    1. Promote equality and potential through Braille Literacy, STEM, and Art education.
    2. Provide free BrailleDoodles for economic accessibility.
    3. Offer remote training for effective BrailleDoodle use.
    4. Foster collaboration with sighted peers, teachers, and families.

    Introducing the BrailleDoodle!

    The BrailleDoodle has hundreds of tiny holes. Each hole contains a smooth metal ball that can be pulled to the surface with a magnetic stylus. The balls lock into place with just enough force. The user erases by simply pushing the balls back down. 

    The BrailleDoodle has hundreds of tiny holes. Each hole contains a smooth metal ball that can be pulled to the surface with a magnetic stylus. The balls lock into place with just enough force. The user erases by simply pushing the balls back down. 

    The BrailleDoodle is described in detail short-video-and-alt-text page But this has written clockwise and is pointing to- .. “No fail” examples . refreshable practice spaces. Standard braille for easy transition. Read and write words in complete sentences. Easy grip stylus with strong magnet. Never lose the stylus.

    Learn and practice Braille!

    • Explore ‘no fail’ examples and practice spaces for letters, numbers, some symbols, and sight words. 
    • Write and read words and complete sentences.
    • Suitable for learners of all ages and skill levels, making Braille learning accessible to anyone.
    • Using proven, motivational, and multi-sensory teaching methods, anyone can start learning to read and write Braille!
     
    The BrailleDoodle is described in detail at https://www.touchpadprofoundation.org/short-video-and-alt-text/ But this has written clockwise and is pointing to- .. “No fail” examples . refreshable practice spaces. Standard braille for easy transition. Read and write words in complete sentences. Easy grip stylus with strong magnet. Never lose the stylus. a girl about 5, in a white blouse and black and yellow glasses, is smiling. She is holding the BrailleDoodle. On the surface are a house, a capital letter H, and the word house in braille. a tactile capital H, the word house in braille written twice, a small tree, a house, a big tree, and a sidewalk.
    • Unleash limitless freedom and imagination with tactile ART.
    • Draw while Hearing, Feeling, and Seeing (in high contrast)..
    • Graphing, STEM activities, and diagrams are made accessible, at last!
    There are two braille doodles stacked on top of each other with the words limitless possibilities with covers\stencils to included. The picture on top has the doodle side with the cover to make the picture described above with the H, the house, and the trees. The BrailleDoodle below has a cover with lines of braille cells. Words say, form 84 braille cells!

    Unique Stencils/Covers Expand Possibilities

     

    Held in place by built-in notches, these covers can form dozens of Braille cells and instruct students in subjects including science, math, art, shapes, and graphs. 

        More specialized covers/stencils allow students to learn Math braille, contractions, shapes, print letters, graphs, art, even braille in different languages!

    The BrailleDoodle is described in detail short-video-and-alt-text page But this has written clockwise and is pointing to- .. “No fail” examples . refreshable practice spaces. Standard braille for easy transition. Read and write words in complete sentences. Easy grip stylus with strong magnet. Never lose the stylus.

    Learn and practice Braille!

    • Explore ‘no fail’ examples and practice spaces for letters, numbers, some symbols, and sight words. 
    • Write and read words and complete sentences.
    • Suitable for learners of all ages and skill levels, making Braille learning accessible to anyone.
    • Using proven, motivational, and multi-sensory teaching methods, anyone can start learning to read and write Braille!
     

    Feeling is believing!

    • Unleash limitless freedom and imagination with tactile ART.
    • Draw while Hearing, Feeling, and Seeing (in high contrast)..
    • Graphing, STEM activities, and diagrams are made accessible, at last!
    The BrailleDoodle is described in detail at https://www.touchpadprofoundation.org/short-video-and-alt-text/ But this has written clockwise and is pointing to- .. “No fail” examples . refreshable practice spaces. Standard braille for easy transition. Read and write words in complete sentences. Easy grip stylus with strong magnet. Never lose the stylus. a girl about 5, in a white blouse and black and yellow glasses, is smiling. She is holding the BrailleDoodle. On the surface are a house, a capital letter H, and the word house in braille. a tactile capital H, the word house in braille written twice, a small tree, a house, a big tree, and a sidewalk.
    There are two braille doodles stacked on top of each other with the words limitless possibilities with covers\stencils to included. The picture on top has the doodle side with the cover to make the picture described above with the H, the house, and the trees. The BrailleDoodle below has a cover with lines of braille cells. Words say, form 84 braille cells!

    Unique Stencils/Covers Expand Possibilities

     

    Held in place by built-in notches, these covers can form dozens of Braille cells and instruct students in subjects including science, math, art, shapes, and graphs. 

        More specialized covers/stencils allow students to learn Math braille, contractions, shapes, print letters, graphs, art, even braille in different languages!

    Board of director at NFB-An African-American woman with short dark hair wearing an elegant black and white jacket and dress is forming Braille and the BrailleDoodle.

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      Children enjoying the World's First BrailleDoodle!

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      Video is Audio Described.

      There is A Crisis in the Blind Community!

      A 10% literacy rate* in rural areas is UNACCEPTABLE
      and there is a direct correlation to these disturbing statistics:

      A blind woman studying at a table, a blind men using his smart phone.

      “Nothing motivates children to learn like learning while playing.”

      “Would love this! Sadly, I am struggling to get braille instruction for my child. I think this would help me teach him. The BrailleDoodle can’t come out fast enough!”
      Tammy Simpson M.
      Parent of Nathan, age 10
      A series of three photos, one with mom and baby Nathan, one with Nathan at age 6 and one recent.
      "How fun! I would definitely buy this for my son.”
      Seven-year-old gunner is sitting on some steps holding a plaque that says second grade and smiling widely
      Ashlen Marie L.
      Parent of Gunner, age 7

      Teachers of deaf blind students talk about what they like about the BrailleDoodle.

      Video is audio described.

      “As a TVI for over 33 years, I am very excited at the prospect of being able to work with the BrailleDoodle."
      Jacqueline Becker
      TVI, Braille Specialist
      "My two year old son is almost completely blind and I love that this would not only benefit him but it can also be everyone's toy! With his siblings what a wonderful idea!"
      Heather M
      Parent

      Development is complete.
      With help from Creative Engineering we now have a full-sized, working prototype!

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      Daniel Lubiner

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        Facts about Braille and the BrailleDoodle.

        WHY LEARN BRAILLE?

        Q. What is Braille, and why is learning Braille indispensable for those with visual impairments?

        A. Braille is a tactile writing system used by people who are visually impaired. It can be read either on embossed paper or by using refreshable braille displays that connect to computers and smartphone devices. Braille can be written using a slate and stylus, a braille writer, an electronic braille notetaker, or with the use of a computer connected to a braille embosser. It enables them to read and write by using combinations of raised dots, making the BrailleDoodle a fundamental ealy learning tool for learning Braille.

        Q.Where is Braille for blind people employed, and how does its application benefit in the context of art and digital accessibility, including Braille alphabet, braille numbers, and braille letters?

        A. Braille is employed in various domains, including:

        • Education: The Braille alphabet, Braille numbers, and Braille letters, enabling blind students to study mathematics (Nemith Braille), science, social studies, writing, research and reporting, pleasure reading, and much more.
        • Braille labels.
        • Art and Creativity: Braille’s tactile nature extends to braille art, allowing visually impaired individuals to create and appreciate art for blind people through raised dots and patterns. Braille-like tactile creations can be made on machines.
        • Braille signs.
        • Digital Accessibility: On websites and digital platforms, Braille readers, electronic braille, note-takers, and screen readers make online content accessible to those with visual impairments, fostering inclusivity.
        • Braille Maps.
         

        Q. What role does Braille play in braille writer tools and refreshable braille devices like the refreshable braille display, and how does it enhance the experience of users in terms of letters for Braille and Braille alphabet numbers?

        A. Braille is integral to braille writer tools and refreshable braille devices such as the refreshable braille display. These devices empower users to write, read, and comprehend letters of the alphabet in Braille, Braille numbers, and more. 

        FACTS ABOUT THE BRAILLEDOODLE

        Q. What are the dimensions of the BrailleDoodle, and what materials is it made of? 

        A. The BrailleDoodle has the following dimensions: 

        – Length: 12.8 inches (325 mm) 

        – Width: 9.25 inches (235 mm) 

        – Thickness: 1.1 inches (27 mm) 

        This innovative Braille device is constructed from durable dark blue plastic, offering a tangible experience for those aiming to learn letters Braille and create tactile images.

        Q. Can you provide a detailed description of the ‘Braille Side’ of the BrailleDoodle for those interested in learning Braille?

        A. The ‘Braille Side’ of the BrailleDoodle features the word “BrailleDoodle” centered in yellow and houses an array of holes meticulously arranged in two sizes of Braille cells. Within each of these cells, you’ll find a tiny metal ball that can be raised to the surface using a magnetic stylus, allowing for a dynamic Braille alphabet learning experience. Moreover, four rows of eight rectangles are thoughtfully included, making it an excellent tool for learning Braille letters, along with indicators for both Braille numbers and capitals. Common sight words are also presented in Braille contractions to enhance the learning process.

        Q. How does the ‘Doodle Side’ of the BrailleDoodle contribute to art for blind people, allow a blind artist to create, and what other features does it offer?

        A. The ‘Doodle Side’ of the BrailleDoodle opens up a world of possibilities for art for blind people. It is adorned with an array of 41 by 31 holes, totaling 1333 dots, each strategically placed to create tactile representations. This side also introduces specialized cover options that act as stencils for a variety of applications, including Braille music, math, contractions, shapes, graphs, Braille in any language and more.

        Q. What distinguishes the BrailleDoodle stylus?

        A. The BrailleDoodle stylus is meticulously designed for ease of use. Measuring 4.6 inches (117mm) in length, it features a rounded magnet on one end and a tether hole on the other. With the stylus shaped like a thick pen, it measures .5 inches (13mm) at its widest point and includes a triangular grip for those who may not be accustomed to holding a pen. This ergonomic design ensures that it is an ideal tool for early Braille writers and those seeking to explore a refreshable Braille device and create tactile images.

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