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  • Do You Teach Braille?

    If so, please get in touch!

    We are compiling a list of braille learning groups and private braille tutors for our website. If you run or have details of a local braille group, or you teach braille to individuals and would like your details included in our directory, please email [email protected] with more information.

  • Free Perkins Braillers

    RNIB have a number of second hand Perkins Braillers that are surplus to requirements. There is no charge for a Brailler, RNIB just want them to go to a new home and be used regularly, they will be distributed on a first come first served basis. If you are interested in taking a Perkins Brailler please contact Billy Mcgrouther.

  • Introducing Git: Tuesday at 7:30 PM

    According to Wikipedia, Git is a distributed version control system that tracks changes in any set of computer files, usually used for coordinating work among programmers collaboratively developing source code during software development. Luckily for us it’s far more interesting than it sounds on paper as it’s going to be the topic of the third in our series of computer science masterclasses, sponsored by Bristol Braille Technology.

    We’ll start off by cutting through some of the technobabble typically associated with tools such as this and then get hands on with some simple examples using the popular Liblouis project. We’ll build on our Linux skills from the previous class along the way and even do a little bit of programming before ending the session with your questions.

    Register for the Masterclass here.

    To join by phone, please use these details:

    • Phone number: 0131 460 1196
    • Meeting ID: 824 7645 2710
    • Passcode: 123456
  • Do you get healthcare letters in the wrong format? Help RNIB improve the access people have to accessible healthcare information.

    We want to know about your experiences with accessible healthcare information – good or bad; you’ll help us celebrate the healthcare providers who are doing it well, and help enforce the Accessible Information Standards for all patients in areas where there are still issues.

    Your contribution will help us build a base of qualitative evidence, which we can take to health boards and decision makers, to make the case for change. If you’re blind or partially sighted, please share your experiences and share in your own networks!

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.

Connect with us on Twitter (@Braillists) or like us on Facebook for up to the minute Braillists news.

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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.