Canadian Science and Technology Museum, Collections, Library and Archives

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Canadian Science and Technology Museum, Collections, Library and Archives


Resources derived from the Canadian Science and Technology Museum pertaining to the development of assistive technologies for persons who are blind or partially sighted in Canada.

Collection Items

X-ray apparatus (c.1940s), Artifact No. 1987.2154.001, CSTMC, Ottawa ON. Photograph taken by Beth A. Robertson, 28 June 2017.
A model of x-ray that may have been used in the medical screening of displaced people and migrants in the 1940s and early 1950s. Artifact No. 1987.2154.001, CSTMC, Ottawa ON

CNIB Instructional Specifications on How to Repair a Perkins Brailler, c.1989
Specifications of a Perkins brailler, included within a CNIB training manual on how to repair a brailler at home.

CNIB Instructions for Repairing a Perkins Brailler, Introduction, c.1989
A manual intended to help users repair a Perkins brailler, written by Howard Knapman, CNIB volunteer

Galarneau Printer, Model BT-120, CSTM artifact no. 1994.0205.001
The second generation of the Converto-Braille, invented by Roland Galarneau, which was purchased by Telesensory System Inc. in 1982. By 1986, it was being distributed globally as the Versapoint Printer.

Galarneau Converto-Braille, CSTM artifact no. 1987.0272.001
The first prototype of Roland Galarneau's Converto-Braille, a computerized device that could transcribe written text into braille.

Roland Galarneau Interview, c.1987
An interview with Roland Galarneau on the eve of his retirement about his technical inventions and life experiences.

Image of Roland Galarneau, c.1970
An image of Roland Galarneau, c.1970, founder of Cypihot-Galarneau Services Co.

Swail calculator, CSTM artifact no. 1985.0822.001
An accessible calculator, designed and adapted by James Swail of the NRC around 1975 that converted the visual digital display through an auditory and tactile board.

Swail "Talking Clock", CSTM artifact no. 1985.0824.001
An accessible clock developed by James Swail in 1975 at the NRC that converted digital display through a auditory and tactile P.C. board.

Swail card reader, model 5, CSTM artifact no. 1985.0821.001
The fifth model of a punch card reader invented in 1970 by James Swail of the NRC to assist computer programmers who were blind or partially sighted.
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