2016-03-26 – The Orbit braille reader is the first ever affordable refreshable braille reader that is also portable.

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The new Orbit braille reader was launched last night at the Annual International Technology & Persons with Disabilities Conference in San Diego, California.

“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.”

The Orbit braille reader is the first ever affordable refreshable braille reader that is portable.

Until now, braille displays cost on average around $3,000, putting them out of reach for many people – not just in Canada, but around the world. In contrast, the new Orbit braille reader will retail for under $400, providing an important new option for people who are blind or partially sighted to access literacy at an affordable cost.

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“Solving the global issue of affordable refreshable braille devices is not something any one organization can do, and we were thrilled to be part of the consortium that took on the challenge of making braille technology widely available,” says John Rafferty, President and CEO of CNIB. “It means that a braille reader can now be right in the homes of many children and youth who are learning to read, and it also provides previously lacking access to braille in many developing countries.”

CNIB is one of ten organizations worldwide who were involved in creating the…

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