Imagine a Braille literacy scenario: a room filled with blind children and adults enjoying themselves
- some reading their English textbooks
- some the Bible, the Koran, and other holy writings
- some writing or editing a manuscript for a book
- some learning French or Mandarin on the internet
- some providing distance counseling
- some teaching Braille in a classroom halfway around the globe
- a scholar writing an acceptance speech as a Nobel Prize awardee
PRESENTATION at the LinuxFest Northwest Conference at Bellingham Technical College in the State of Washington, April 28, 2013, 10:00 AM
The June 17, 2014 cached copy of my presentation is at my website at:
The original version was at this URL:
This is a "bird's eye view" of the Braille Literacy Tool (Ultra-Braille), that is a product of five years of research at the Ateneo de Manila University. In one year, a group of students would conduct an undergraduate research thesis on one aspect of the system. Another group of students would do another aspect the next year, and so on. At the end of five years, we had a complete system going.
I am a retired professional and a member of the faculty of the School of Science and Engineering of the Ateneo de Manila University (on leave). I undertook the project, together with my students, listed below, who are now professionals in their own respective fields. They have agreed that this project will be "open source." Braille Literacy is very close to my heart, because I know that this is one bridge that can lead the blind to greater self-actualization and dignity, and claim their rightful place in society.
- 2004 - Abueva & Suamen / Calasanz (Braille Pins & Opening Files)
- 2005 - Calasanz (Assessment and Planning)
- 2006 - Flores & Pelecio / Calasanz (Edit/Save Text Files & Access Internet)
- 2007 - Pacot, Palileo, Sabulao, Semblante / Calasanz Multiplexed Display & Keyboard & Ultrasonic Sensors for Navigation)
- 2008 - Domingo, Pasion, Ramos, Tan / Calasanz (5-Terminal, One PC)
This is a cached screenshot of the March 31, 2008 "Manila Times" article on the project. It was continued on in 2009 to produce a prototype. The article itself is cached by Google.
- 1 Mid-Range Personal Computer
- 5 blind persons (each with 1-Keyboard and 1-Refreshable Braille Display)
- 1 sighted person with Keyboard and Monitor
- 1 easy-to-build hardware box (intermediate-level technician skill)
- 1 driver software (intermediate-level "C-Language" programming skill)
- FREE Open Source Vector Linux Operating System
====> The Braille Literacy Classroom on YouTube
====> The Braille Literacy Classroom on Power Point
====> The Braille Literacy Classroom on PDF
FOCUS OF THE PROJECT
- What are the existing conditions?
- Where is the need?
- How does the system fill the need?
- What are the features of the system?
- Does the system complement/supplement other systems?
- How affordable is it?
- What about the skills level needed for its maintenance?
WORK IN PROGRESS
I am still in the process of providing further details, but ENJOY!