The Nation's Premier Autism and Disabilities Conference

November 14-16 | Columbus, OH

November 14-16 | Columbus, OH

The Nation's Premier Autism and Disabilities Conference

Braille AT Forum Sessions


WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2018

9:45 - 11:00 am

APH Innovations in Braille: BrailleBlaster and the Orbit Reader 20

This session will inform participants about BrailleBlaster and the Orbit Reader 20, two innovative products from the American Printing House for the Blind. BrailleBlaster is a revolutionary new tool for braille transcribers and others who need to produce high-quality braille material quickly and efficiently. The Orbit Reader 20 is a small, portable refreshable braille device that will have a price point dramatically lower than similar devices on the market today.

Monica Turner, Dave Wilkinson


12:45 - 2:00 pm

Transforming Lives of Individuals with Disabilities Through Technology

Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities partnered with Columbus State Community College (CSCC) to demonstrate the effectiveness of wayfinding technology to improve access to education and employment for individuals with disabilities. An individual with a visual impairment can hear verbal cues over Bluetooth to learn locations of classroom buildings, distances and directional cues while walking. By using BlindSquare, a smart phone app that uses a combination of GPS data and Bluetooth beacons, CSCC students will be provided with a seamless indoor and outdoor navigation support around campus.

Sarah Kelly


2:45 - 4:00 pm

Introduction to AT for the Blind and Visually Impaired

This presentation focuses on AT for the blind and visually impaired. Topics such as built in options within Windows computers, Apple and Google/Android devices, 3rd party software options, video magnifiers, and dedicated devices such as a refreshable braille display will be discussed. Brief demonstrations will be provided on a variety of technologies, such as ZoomText, Jaws, built in iOS accessibility, video magnifiers and more. The presentation is designed to inform new users of assistive technologies, their family and friends, and others who may be interested in AT options for the blind and visually impaired.

Tim Schmidt


4:30 - 5:45 pm

Perspectives of Young Adults with Visual Impairments on Transitioned Focused Planning

Join young adults with visual impairments and deafblindness for a panel discussion about their personal experiences with transition focused planning. In its second year, new and returning panelists will share stories and insights on transitioning from K-12 schooling to post-secondary education or employment. The panel will provide outlooks on opportunities for career growth and continuing education. Panelists represent a variety of backgrounds, offering unique perspectives on areas of focus, including assistive technologies, accessibility on campus or within the workplace, and working collaboratively with colleagues.

Michelle Motil, Katie Robinson, Noah Beckman