Backlit Storybook for the Visually Impaired

The invention is an audible and visual storybook for visually impaired children.

  • Provides Audio Playback
  • Uses Low Power Consumption Light Source
  • Uses Interchangeable Books
  • Helps Provide A Better Quality Of Education
  • Portable


Utility Patent #8,960,936

Story Behind the Invention

Inventor Shelley A. Malcolm of Nestleton, ON has created an audible and visual storybook for visually impaired children.

Even in this age of state-of-the-art computers, realistic computer games, and interactive educational software, reading a storybook remains a favorite activity for children. The ability to have a story read to them while seeing individual diagrams depicting actions helps stimulate creativity as well as provide educational lessons. However, children who are visually impaired must typically rely only upon the spoken portion of the story and are not provided with any visual cues. This affects their educational development which will then impact them throughout the rest of their lives. Inventor Malcolm has created a means by which children with visual impairments can have visual references as part of a storybook.

This clever new invention provides audio playback. It uses a low power consumption light source and interchangeable books. It helps provide a better quality of education and is portable. The use of the Backlit Storybook for the Visually Impaired allows visually impaired children to enjoy a storybook regardless of their vision capability in a manner which is quick, easy, and effective.

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