First News - - YOUR NEWS - By Lexy Ryan, Theo Hol­royd and El­lie Clark

WE have de­vel­oped a free news­pa­per for young Braille users.

We set up The Tac­tile Times to help bring young peo­ple with vi­sion im­pair­ment to­gether, par­tic­u­larly dur­ing the coro­n­avirus pan­demic. We were born blind and have been learn­ing Braille from a young age and cre­ate all the copy our­selves.

The news­pa­per, which is avail­able in hard copy or elec­tron­i­cally, con­tains news and events, fun things to do, tech­nol­ogy, jokes, a sports sec­tion, and other items. It is writ­ten and edited by the three of us, with con­tri­bu­tions wel­comed from other vis­ually im­paired chil­dren.

We have pub­lished two is­sues so far, with the next is­sue planned for late Au­gust. Event up­dates are also be­ing pro­vided to sub­scribers and are sent out weekly.

Theo said: “The Tac­tile Times is a news­pa­per writ­ten by Brail­lists for Brail­lists. We share news and in­ter­est­ing in­for­ma­tion as well as top tips to help peo­ple keep busy with var­i­ous ac­tiv­i­ties dur­ing lock­down, and now also dur­ing the hol­i­days.”

The Tac­tile Times also has a web­site, which was built by Theo. It is fully ac­ces­si­ble and can be used by any­body who uses a screen reader. The two back is­sues, the weekly up­dates and other re­lated in­for­ma­tion can be found on the web­site.

The Tac­tile Times team

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