American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults
Future Reflections
       Winter 2018

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Seedlings Braille Books for Children
(734) 427-8552
Seedlings Braille Books for Children has added ten popular books to its UEB collection for independent readers. The books are A Wrinkle in Time, which Disney has made into a movie to be released on March 9; 101 Ways to Bug Your Parents; Matilda; Anne Frank: Life in Hiding; Who Was Alexander Hamilton?; Little House on the Prairie; Junie B. Jones and a Little Monkey Business; Among the Hidden; A Dog Called Kitty; and Spiderwick 1: The Field Guide. This brings to eighty-seven the number of books Seedlings offers in contracted UEB for older children. Nearly three hundred print/Braille books for babies, toddlers, and beginning readers are available in UEB.

New Braille Titles
National Braille Press
National Braille Press announces several new Braille and electronic titles. Visit the website to learn more about NBP’s offerings.

Getting Ready for College Begins in Third Grade: Working toward an Independent Future for Your Blind/VI Child, by Carol Castellano

Bilingual Books
National Braille Press offers three print/Braille books for very young children with English and Spanish text. The books are Are You My Mother? (Eres Tu Mi Mama?), by P. D. Eastman; Besos for Baby: A Little Book of Kisses, by Jen Arena; and Sweet Dreams (Dulces Suenos), by Pat Mora. Because Books Matter and Because Pictures Matter, written for parents and teachers, are available free in English and Spanish print editions.


Volunteer Readers is a platform where academics can share research papers. The company's mission is to accelerate the world's research. Academics from around the world have signed up to participate. The site has launched a page that aims to create contact between blind scholars who wish to read a text and people who would like to read for or with them. Volunteers and blind students or professionals can sign up and connect on the web page.


Blindfold Games: Audio Games for the Visually Impaired Community
Blindfold Games creates audio games for visually-impaired people, with dozens of games for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod. Enjoyed by thousands of people worldwide, the games are fun and appeal to people of all ages. The suite includes more than eighty games including casino games such as blackjack, card games such as crazy eights and rummy, puzzle games such as Simon and Color Crush, and sports games such as bowling, pong, and pinball.

Audio Games
Based in Utrecht in The Netherlands, this site is dedicated to blind-accessible games based on sound. It began as a database of audio games, but it has broadened its scope to include an archive of audio games and reviews, articles on blind-accessible games, a forum to support the community, a submit-a-game functionality that allows users to submit new games, and a huge list of links to important resources in the field.

7-128 offers a variety of free downloadable games for personal computers and a selection of downloadable games that can be purchased for mobile devices. The "Inspector Cindy in Newport" detective games create a series of adventures that take place in Newport, Rhode Island, in the 1890s. The player is a detective with the Newport police department, traveling the streets and mansions of the city and questioning the high and the low to solve crimes. The Tyler puzzles and Woople word games are entertaining mind puzzles for children and adults.

64 Oz. Games
2714 Perry Ln
Alvin, TX 77511
Contact: Richard Gibbs,
64 Oz. Games creates accessibility kits that enable blind and visually-impaired players to enjoy a wide variety of popular board games. In order to use an accessibility kit, users must have the retail version of the game available. The kit contains such items as Braille labels and Braille cards. Family-oriented games available through 64 Oz. Games include Coloretto, Eagle Gryphon, Fugitive, Wizards of the Coast, Loot, Munchkin, and many more.


Maps, at Your Fingertips
San Francisco Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired, Adaptations Store
1155 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
Contact: Adaptations Store, 888-400-8933
Thanks to a collaboration between the Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute and the Media and Accessible Design Lab at the San Francisco Lighthouse, affordable tactile maps of the area of your choosing are now available on demand. The tactile street maps depict the area around a user-specified address or intersection, using raised lines and a circle marking the point of interest in the center of the map. Braille and large-print labels indicate street names and other information such as cardinal directions and scale. This is a great way for blind and low-vision travelers to get started with tactile maps. With each order you will receive three tactile and ink-printed maps, a tactile map key, and an explainer page.

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