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SAS Launches Free Resources to Create and Share Non-Visual Digital Maps
A new resource from analytics company SAS and Perkins School for the Blind: free, digital, non-visual campus maps to help college students and visitors navigate campus confidently and safely. With SAS Graphics Accelerator, a free browser extension that transforms graphs and charts into sound, users create non-visual digital maps that contain points of interest such as intersections, bus stops, buildings and other landmarks. Completed maps will be housed on Perkins’ Paths to Technology website. To learn more, visit https://tinyurl.com/yxfr9rp9.
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Clinical Trial for People with Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP)
jCyte Inc., a biotech company dedicated to preserving and restoring vision in patients with RP, recently announced promising results from a Phase 2b clinical trial of jCell in RP. Based on these results, the company plans to initiate a pivotal study in 2021. For more information, visit www.jcyte.com.
ANATAD stands for Android News, Apps, Talk, And Deals. The ANATAD Podcast seeks to bridge the gap for blind and visually impaired users of Android and iPhone technology. Hear past episodes at www.anatadpodcast.com. To subscribe to the podcast, visit https://feeds.buzzsprout.com/1163732.rss.
New from National Braille Press
“Dreyer’s English: An Utterly Correct Guide to Clarity and Style” by Benjamin Dreyer is now available in braille (5 volumes). The author was Random House’s copy chief for more than two decades. This book offers lessons on punctuation; the rules and non-rules of grammar; language to avoid, and more.
Over in the children’s department is “SUN! One in a Billion” by Stacy McAnulty and Stevie Lewis. It’s available as a print-and-braille (UEB) book for ages 4 to 8.
For more information, call toll-free 1-800-548-7323, or visit online at https://www.nbp.org/ic/nbp/publications/index.html.