Braille has endured for almost 200 years and is continuously being incorporated into modern technological developments. According to National Braille Week, more than 150 million people currently continue to use Braille around the world for a multitude of reasons.
Florida Reading & Vision Technology, Inc., a leading e-commerce retailer of assistive technology for the deaf and blind, is extremely supportive of Braille on both the technology front and within the community.
“Louis Braille was ahead of his time in 1824 at the age of 15, when he invented the 6-dot Braille system,“ states Lesa Kretschmer, President of Florida Reading and Vision Technology Inc. “As a blind child he knew that he needed to be able to communicate, he knew that he needed to devise a system to become more independent.”
Founded on the principle of providing greater independence for those with vision and hearing loss, Florida Reading and Vision Technology Inc. just added the new Perkins SMART Brailler® to it’s 800 plus product inventory.
The SMART Brailler® is a high-technology learning and teaching tool that offers a new, more intuitive way for individuals, both sighted and blind, to communicate, teach and learn Braille together.
“Now teachers can see what their students are Brailling, sighted parents can help their visually impaired children with homework and students can take the lead in their own Braille education,” states Kretschmer.
This product launch comes at a unique time for Florida Reading and Vision Technology Inc. “We are big sponsors of the Braille Challenges throughout the State of Florida,” states Kretschmer. “Since the first of the year we have sponsored or participated in four Braille Challenges from Tallahassee to Tampa and Orlando, including one on February 22, 2013 right in our hometown of Ft. Lauderdale.”
The Braille Challenge is a national program of the Braille Institute® hosted by regional schools and agencies that serve blind and visually impaired children. It is the only national Braille literacy competition of its kind in the country, and is specifically designed to challenge and reward blind students for their study of Braille, which is essential to their future academic and employment success.
The SMART Brailler® is now available at the Florida Reading and Vision Technology Center located at 650 N. Andrews Avenue, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33311 or by ordering online at www.floridareading.com. For more information please call 954-525-5311.
About Florida Reading & Vision Technology Inc.
According to the World Health Organization there are approximately 285 million people in the world who are visually impaired, of whom 39 million are blind. Florida Reading & Vision Technology, Inc. (FRAVTI) is committed to offering safe and dependable products to those seeking greater independence. Founded in 2000 by Lesa Kretschmer, Fort Lauderdale, Florida based FRAVTI offers more than 800 products and tools that help those who are blind or visually impaired meet the needs of the broader public.
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