Division on Visual Impairments


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Introducing the iBraille Challenge! Cheryl Kamei-Hannan, Ph.D., Associate Professor, California State University, Los Angeles, ckameih@exchange.calstatela.edu, Tessa McCarthy, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, University of Pittsburgh, tessam@pitt.edu, Ben Pomeroy, Director of Digital Programs, Braille Institute of America, Inc., and Seanarae Smith, M.A., Instructional Materials and Curriculum Specialist, California State University, Los Angeles The iBraille Challenge (iBC) integrates technology and literacy skills in a mobile app that teachers of students with visual impairments can use to support daily reading instruction for students who read braille in grades 1-12. Designed to work with refreshable braille displays and iPads using Voice Over (VO) screen access software, the iBC is based on The National Braille Challenge, a contest of braille readers and writers, sponsored by the Braille Institute of America, Inc. Using the age and grade level structure of the National Braille Challenge (see Table 1), the iBC 53

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