In 1992, the Gardner’s Trust for the Blind established an annual competition, designed to encourage the use of Braille music amongst students up to the age of 19 in the UK. 30 years on, the tests have been revised and are now open to people of all ages.

RNIB administers the awards which test reading, understanding and performing from memory. There are five levels of Braille Music Literacy Award. All candidates receive a report and a certificate of entry and the best entrant reaching the required standard at each level is given a prize ranging from £10 to £50.

The tests offer music Braillists a chance to have their efforts rewarded, a chance to have their specialist skills assessed and a chance to show their musical independence.

Tests are to be held from October 2022 to February 2023 at a location to suit the candidate. Online tests are also possible.

Specimen tests, general regulations and requirements in Braille and print are available from the Music Advisory Service.

For further details or to request the information pack and application form, please contact [email protected].

New Braille Support Group for Parents of Visually Impaired Children in East London

Braille Buddies
Our friendly Braille-learning Group

Calling parents of visually impaired children.

Come to this special session so that you can learn braille and teach your children.

Meeting Room 1 (first floor)
Dagenham Heathway Library

23rd September 2022
10:30 – 12:30

For more information, please contact:
Dean Apps
Visual Rehabilitation Worker
Sensory Team
Disability Service
Care and Support
London Borough of Barking and Dagenham
Room F01
Dagenham Library,
1 Church Elm Lane,
RM10 9QS
Phone: 07812 999648
Email: [email protected]

Getting to Know RNIB Reading Services, This Tuesday at 7:30 PM

Welcome to a new term of Braillists events! We hope you’ve had a wonderful summer.

We kick off our Masterclasses this Tuesday, 6 September, with a review of RNIB Reading Services. Connor Scott-Gardner is an avid reader, and he will demonstrate how to download books, transfer them to your braille display and read them. He will also explain how Reading Services differs from other offerings from RNIB and elsewhere.

You can register for the event here:

To join by telephone, please use these details:

  • Phone number: 0131 460 1196
  • Meeting ID: 824 7645 2710
  • Passcode: 123456

Welcome Back to the Book Club

The Book Club returns this Thursday, 8 September. There are four groups, reading the following books:

  • Beginners: Paddington Turrns Detective and Other Funny Stories, by Michael Bond
    • Grade 1: Children g1, Paddington Turns Detective and Other Funny Stories UEB g1 Bond.brf
    • Grade 2: Children Stories 1, Paddington Turns Detective and Other Funny Stories UEB Bond.brf
  • Improvers: The Christmasaurus and the Winter Witch, by Tom Fletcher
    • Grade 1: Children g1, The Christmasaurus and the Winter Witch UEB g1 Fletcher.brf
    • Grade 2: Children Stories 1, The Christmasaurus and the Winter Witch UEB Fletcher.brf
  • Intermediate: A Friend for Life, by Battersea Dogs & Cats Home with Punteha van Terheyden; foreword by Paul O’Grady MBE
    • Grade 2: Pets, A Friend for Life UEB Battersea Dogs and Cats Home.brf
  • Advanced: The New Oxford Book of English Verse 1250-1950, chosen and edited by Helen Gardner
    • Grade 2: Poetry, The New Oxford Book of English Verse UEB Gardner.brf

Information on how to join the Book Club can be found at the end of this Newsletter, or you can write to us at [email protected].

Braille Refresher Questions from APH

The American Printing House for the Blind have launched Braille Refresher Questions, a weekly email inviting you to answer a multiple choice question on a particular aspect of the braille code. They are topical and designed to keep you knowledge of braille sharp.

These no-stakes Braille Refreshers are for fun; they are in no way a “test.”

To subscribe to these emails at any time, please send your name and braille-related title to [email protected].

Summer Holiday

The Braillists will be taking a break over the summer:

  • Tuesday sessions for this term have now ended and will restart on 6 September
  • The Book Club will continue until 28 July and will restart on 8 September
  • The Help address will continue to be monitored, but response times may be slower than usual

Pia Recruiting a Braille Transcriber

Full-time (37.5 hours per week), £24,000 per annum

Pia is the UK’s leading independent accessible format provider, and they are looking for a talented person to join their team. They offer a competitive salary and great benefits such as flexible working, tea, coffee and biscuits to keep you going and 39 days’ annual leave per year (including bank holidays).

In return they are looking for an individual with outstanding attention to detail who can work at pace on a wide variety of accessible media products (but predominantly Braille) to a high standard. You will be an excellent team player and keen to work for a business that prides itself on strong values of quality, integrity and care. Day to day you’ll be responsible for transcribing a range of documents into Braille with your strong knowledge and experience of Microsoft Office and other software packages. If you have experience of adapting education materials for pupils with visual impairment, then this is a bonus.

For more information, please visit the job page on the Pia website.