The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) has certified the 3Doodler START pen as easy-to-use for the blind and partially sighted.
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Their entry level model, the 3Doodler Start, has been given an official seal of approval from the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB). This means the pen is officially certified as “easy-to-use” for the blind or partially sighted.
Steve Tyler, Head of Strategy at RNIB says:
The RNIB approval is a huge step for 3Doodler. The two organizations collaborated extensively for months on quality assurance and focus group testing. President of 3Doodler, Daniel Cowen, explains:
Much of the feedback that 3Doodler received went into specific design changes such as tactile buttons and lower operating temperature. This makes the pen safer and easier to use.
The official RNIB case study put the 3Doodler Start into the hands of both young students and adults, with participants aged between 8 and 78 and with varying degrees of sight loss and vision. Priestley Smith Specialist School in Birmingham, UK, was part of the trial.
In the classroom, 3Doodler received some very positive results. Not only is the pen useful and fun for students; teachers could also present their subjects in a whole new way.
“It’s the best thing since sliced bread,” says maths teacher Julia Weston. She continues:
The 3Doodler Start also functioned as an alternative option to using swell paper. This is a heat sensitive paper often used by teachers of visually-impaired students; with the application of heat, it swells to produce a raised image.
Another participant from the study is Margaret Wilson-Hinds, a 67-year old from Peterborough. She commented:
Feedback from the RNIB also led to the development of instructions in braille and audio. These will soon be available on the 3Doodler website. Learn more about this groundbreaking collaboration between 3Doodler and the RNIB here.
Via: Enable Magazine