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September 4, 2014 10:30 AM (EDT)

News Release Number: STScI-2014-40

New iBooks Textbook Helps Visually Impaired Visit the Stars Through Touch and Sound

September 4, 2014: Children with visual disabilities can experience striking deep-space images in a free, multi-touch iBooks textbook for the iPad entitled "Reach for the Stars: Touch, Look, Listen, Learn." Astronomers at the Space Telescope Science Institute have teamed up with the SAS Corporation, the National Braille Press, and the National Federation of the Blind to create a book to inspire students of all abilities. Students with visual impairments can access the book using the VoiceOver screen reader that is available on every iPad. The book is available as a free download from Apple's iBooks Store at

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Credit: NASA, ESA, STScI, SAS, NBP, and NFB