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Kristy wins ‘Women of the Year 2017’ award for Project Brailler!

Winner! Women of the Year Award. On the 9th March 2017 Project Brailler attended the Women of the Year Awards dinner in Bristol. Project Brailler was a nominee in the category of Contribution to the Community and was up against some fierce competition.  Others nominees all doing very worthwhile and admirable things for our community. However, Project Brailler won the …

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The Perkins Smart Brailler – demo

Here is a demo of the alphabet being typed on The Perkins Smart Brailler with audio feedback, speaking letters and words in real-time as they are being brailled. The LCD screen displays Braille font and print. You can also choose from contracted or uncontracted braille. Perfect for the whole family to get involved! Watch the video to see for yourself. …

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10 things you probably don’t know about Braille…

Surprising facts about the raised-dot reading system, including an asteroid named Braille and why there’s braille on drive-through ATMs Why is braille on the keypad buttons of drive-through ATMs? So back-seat passengers who are blind can reach the ATM and independently make a transaction without help from the driver. January is National Braille Literacy Month, so it’s the perfect time …

Lily-Grace Hooper, 7, pictured with her mother Kristy Hooper, at their home in Winterbourne Down, Bristol. Lily-Grace's school Hambrook Primary School has state that she is no longer allowed to use her walking cane to school as it poses a health and safety risk to other students. November 17 2015.   See SWNS story SWSTICK. A blind girl has been banned from using her walking cane at school because of "health and safety issues" -  in case she TRIPS up teachers and fellow pupils. Lily-Grace Hooper, seven, suffered a stroke when she was just four days old, which left her virtually blind. But earlier this year a charity donated her a fibre-glass walking cane after her confidence soared when she started using cardboard tubes to help guide her way at home.But her mum Kristy, 38, has been left "absolutely livid" after a risk assessment done on behalf of the school said the cane caused high risk to people around Lily-Grace. Hambrook Primary School in Bristol told her not to use it in school, and the report suggested she have full adult support at all times, and she was told to "walk carefully".The move by the school and the Sensory Support Service - which does assessments for schools - has been slammed by charities.Furious mum Kristy, from Bristol, said: "It is a disability, but I want to celebrate it and make sure she can become independent. "When the school told me she can no longer bring her cane into school, I just thought this must be health and safety gone mad.

Lily-Grace makes the TV – Good Morning Britain.

If you missed Kristy and Lily-Grace’s appearance on Good Morning Britain, you can watch again here.  What an incredible mother raising awareness for Lily-Grace, supporting her VI child and fighting for her independence despite the obstacles put in their way.  In addition Kristy has gained unwavering support from millions of people across the world and not just within the VI community.  Well done! http://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.itv.com%2Fgoodmorningbritain%2Fschool-bans-blind-girls-walking-cane&h=9AQGkIsdZAQHkzlutIVQXL8ccgJeNs_6HCdZaQN0GHolb3w&enc=AZMH8WrW_UBndxb4IOhY7xC8ObuCw05J1IVaRTxIVZRbSYQJ6l0GowqtP8yghtNe7GMNmQMehPMU7AjRZp6Aa1Q4lTcaIVi-0DyFOSlTX_k-Z1PT_Jb8QqvrckrLxYzXtRW7D77jHNdRPhEaBeITjqCChE5iTMkfDDZKoi146UyLaHgt9utTE1hKnlvL23p7NLQbMnvD0E3wJewoV2q2nJ7T&s=1 …

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Let’s make ‘Project Brailler and Common Sense’ a reality

We are a parent-led movement looking to equip our Blind and Visually Impaired Children as well as others, with the appropriate tools needed for them to live a full and independent life. At present, our focus is on Smart Braillers and Mobility Canes, neither of which is necessarily provided to all children.  Please show your support here: http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/project-brailler-and-common-sense-canes  

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Anti Bullying Week, 16th – 20th November 2015

Blind and partially sighted 11 year olds twice as likely to be bullied at school Children with vision impairment are at increased risk of bullying warn two leading sight loss charities. The RLSB (the Royal London Society for Blind People) and the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) have launched a report, written in collaboration with NatCen Social Research, …

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Blind Lily-Grace told she is not allowed her cane in school due to Health & Safety….!

Lily Grace started using the cane in school in April. Her mother Kristy said it had become “an extension of her daughter’s arm” and that it was vital she was allowed to use it. She added: “It is a disability, but I want to celebrate it and make sure she can become independent. “When the school told me she can no …

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Everyone wins with Project Brailler!

If you have never been lucky enough to hear Lily-Grace’s story or learnt about the driving force behind Project Brailler this endearing piece written by Bill Winters of Perkins in the USA will leave you feeling warm, positive and motivated. Entitled ‘Everyone wins with Project Brailler’ Winters writes about Lily-Grace and Kristy as if he has known them for years. …