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Latest News

  • The Braille Bar Goes to CSUN, Tuesday at 7:30 PM

    In our popular Braille Bar on Tuesday at 7:30 PM, we’ll be joined by braille specialists who attended the recent CSUN exhibition in the US. Join them to ask your questions about the various products which were announced, including the Optima from Orbit Research and Access Mind, and the Dynamic Tactile Device from HumanWare and APH. No registration required.

    Join the Braille Bar here: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88035088878?pwd=NHdkR2s1aDZsV1RCUmpQNWh3YWNaQT09

    Or, to join by phone, use these details:

    • Phone number: 0131 460 1196
    • Meeting ID: 880 3508 8878
    • Passcode: 123456
  • The Braillists in Dublin, Thursday 30 March

    STOP PRESS! Ed Rogers, Stuart Lawler and Ilka Staeglin will be hosting a Braillists event at a location to be decided in Drumcondra. It will take place during the afternoon of Thursday 30 March. Dublin was the second local group the Braillists ran back in 2014, so we’re pleased to be bringing it back after a few years of quiet.

    What will be discussed and tested at the meeting?

    • Ed will be bringing the Canute Console from Bristol Braille Technology for people to test and feedback on. We will be asking people to suggest things they would like to see demonstrated on it.
    • We will be talking through the direction the Braillists can and should go in next. If you have an idea for a project that embodies “more Braille!”, then likely as not that can be supported by the Braillists.
    • Talking about all the latest technology which was showcased at CSUN.
    • If other braille technology companies besides Bristol Braille Technology would like to attend the meeting, or would like the meeting to test and provide feedback on their braille products, please email [email protected].

    How do you attend?

    Simply email [email protected] so we know you’re interested in coming! We’ll keep people updated when we have exact times and places.

The Braillists is a grass-roots community group offering high quality training and support to emerging and established braille users. We also work with family members, friends, colleagues and teachers of braille users, and connect braille users with braille technology developers and funders.

What Is Braille?

Braille is a simple code for representing written language. We believe braille has the potential to transform the life of any blind person who has the opportunity to learn it.

Discover more about braille on this page.

Learn Braille

We support hundreds of adults to read braille by touch in a few short weeks through our innovative and approachable Braille for Beginners course. Free of charge, it comprises hard copy resources through the post and a series of short pre-recorded lessons, supplemented by email and Zoom support from highly qualified and experienced tutors.

Find out more about Braille for Beginners and register here.

There are plenty of other courses available too, for both children and adults, reading by touch or by sight. We have made a list of these on our Learn Braille page.

Perkins Repairs and Other Braille Equipment

The Perkins Brailler is the most established braille writer in use today, and even machines from the 1950s can still be serviced and repaired. We have compiled information about Perkins repairs, places to purchase Perkins Braillers, and other types of braille equipment on our Braille Equipment page.

If you are looking for braille paper, you can find it on our Braille Consumables page.

Our Aims

  1. Promote the value of braille as a proven literacy tool that enriches the lives of blind people.
  2. Support efforts to make affordable braille and tactile reading technologies available to all blind people irrespective of education and employment status.
  3. Provide an open forum for the exchange of ideas about the development of future braille technology.

Find Out More

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Join the conversation and meet other Braillists on our discussion forum.

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Please see our Sponsors and Partners for information on organisations who are supporting us.

Get IN Touch

Email [email protected] or call 020 3893 3392. Further details on our Contact Us page.