Category: Educational Aids

Read Read

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The Read Read is a prototype Braille learning device designed for blind and low vision people to provide them with unparalleled instruction in Braille skills or to teach them how to read Braille. The Read Read allows independent learning through the same manipulative-based instruction teachers use to teach children how to read Braille. The device's letter tiles feature sturdy Braille printed on metal, making it easier for those just learning Braille to decipher each letter by touch. The device also speaks a letter aloud when a user touches a given tile and announces the number of dots in each Braille letter. Through the device, a word created by lining up a series of tiles can be sounded out, helping with reading comprehension and "decoding" of a word. The Read Read's interactive letter tiles also feature large-print letters, which help students with low vision learn Braille with the help of the limited sight they have. The Read Read also help teachers who don't have Braille training interact with their blind students and take an active role in their education. Everything from the size and thickness of the tiles to the spacing of the area surrounding the Braille, to multiple means of picking up the tiles was designed with feedback from young children, teens, and adults who are blind.


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Alex Tavares
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The Read Read was created by Alex Tavares, a graduate student at the Harvard Innovations Lab. The device has been six years in the making and was piloted extensively at the Perkins School for the Blind and the Harvard Graduate School of Education.