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YAHOO NEWS –  NEW YORK, Dec. 3, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — On December 3rd, The TouchPad Pro Foundation (TPPF), a 501c3 non-profit, will officially launch. TPPF’s mission is to ‘develop and distribute revolutionary products to children

The TouchPad Pro Foundation has developed the BrailleDoodle, a simple, high-quality device made with plastics, springs, and magnets. The devices focus on: tactile art, braille literacy, technology, and expanding

https://www.touchpadprofoundation.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/BrailleDoodle-inventor-Tablet-for-the-blind-is-a-‘revolution.mp4 An art teacher in the Bronx says his invention can be a revolutionary teaching tool for students around the world. Daniel Lubiner invented a tablet for the blind

CANE ENABLED | Audio Interview With Daniel Lubiner Editor’s Note: For this edition of Cane EnAbled, Bold Blind Beauty is thrilled to showcase one of our own. Daniel Lubiner

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'No Child Left Behind.' Except if they are Blind

The TouchPad Pro Foundation forms to spread braille literacy and touchable art worldwide.

(Valhalla, NY July, 2022)     TouchPad Pro Foundation a 501c3 non-profit, has been recently established in Westchester County, NY.  The Foundation’s mission is stated in three parts.

  1. To develop and distribute revolutionary products for children who are blind or have low vision worldwide.
  2. To help children reach their full potential through braille literacy and education while being able to enjoy tactile art.
  3. To use every donation toward fufilling our mission including providing our products at a very low cost or free.

Learn more at their website, TouchPadProFoundation.org

Quick Facts regarding the BLV community:

  • Only 32% graduate high school. 
  • Fewer than 16% graduate college.
  • A staggering 70% are unemployed.

How Important is Braille? 

Of those who are employed, an astounding 85% are braille literate. But, unfortunately, according to the National Federation for the Blind: “Only about 10% of blind children in the US are currently learning it.” Also, less than 10% of adults know braille. In many other countries, those numbers are much worse. In India, for example, only one percent of children are learning braille. During the pandemic, braille instruction has been nearly impossible, but this has pointed out a great need worldwide. 

These appalling statistics inspired Daniel Lubiner to invent the BrailleDoodle. Mr. Lubiner is a 25-year veteran teacher of students with disabilities and a teacher of the arts for BLV students. Now he is leading a diverse team including engineers, mobility specialists, and educators both with and without sight. Mr. Lubiner states, “Our hope is to develop and distribute the BrailleDoodle as soon as possible. Most braille-related products are outdated and too expensive for most. The BrailleDoodle is an inexpensive, safe, and simple solution.” 

The BrailleDoodle is an accessible take on the Etch-a-Sketch that allows the blind to touch what they are drawing. A simple plastic ‘Braille Sleeve’ slips over the device and acts as a stencil, creating dozens of braille cells, giving instructors the ability to teach braille remotely. Jacqueline Becker, a Braille Specialist, states, “As a TVI for over 33 years, I am very excited at the prospect of being able to work with the BrailleDoodle. The device’s durability and affordability mean that it can be purchased for in-school use and for many of my students who continue to be remote learners. I look forward to using it!” Mr. Lubiner continues, “Please take a moment to visit TouchPadProFoundation.org and consider supporting this worthy cause.” 

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