Reminder: TAVIP Tech Chat Live and Braillists Braille and Beer after Sight Village on Tuesday

You are warmly invited to join TAVIP (the Technology Association of Visually Impaired People) and the Braillists Foundation for a lively discussion about the latest braille, technology and accessibility solutions. Everyone is welcome.

Tuesday 28 June 2022
Inn at The Farm
Farmhouse Way, Solihull, B90 4EH

The Farm is a 12 minute bus ride on the no. 5, leaving directly outside the conference centre on Cranmore Avenue and arriving about 200 yards from The Farm on Farmhouse Way/Shelly Crescent.

Contact details on the evening:

  • Mike Townsend (TAVIP): 07967 658028
  • Ed Rogers (Braillists Foundation): 07908 569214

What Happened at ICEB? Tuesday at 7:30 PM

The International Council on English Braille held its Mid-Term Executive Committee Meeting earlier this month. As well as transacting various items of business, there were lively discussions around the history of braille, braille music, braille technology and the braille code itself.

On Tuesday 21 June at 7:30 PM, we will be joined by ICEB President Judy Dixon. We will discuss the highlights of the Mid-Term and look ahead to how the discussions that took place will influence the future of braille around the world.

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

New College Worcester Seeking Teacher of Braille from September 2022

0.6fte (AC218/0722)
Grade: UQT 1-6 (depending on experience) £18,419-£28,735
Pro rata salary (0.6/3days equivalent) £11,051-£17,241

Are you passionate about Braille – both for yourself and teaching it to people who are both vision-impaired and fully sighted? Are you able to talk about the importance of Braille to parents and professionals? Do you have ideas for promoting Braille both internally and to the wider community? Can you rise to challenges and think on your feet and out of the box? If your answer to these questions is “Yes”, you might be the person New College Worcester is looking for.

We are looking for a Braille instructor to assist the Head of Braille in teaching and promoting Braille and the development of new resources. A thorough knowledge of the Literary Unified English Braille code is essential; knowledge of other codes would be advantageous.



Further details can be found on the NCW website.

NLS Launches Braille-on-Demand Pilot Project

Readers may be interested in the below announcement from the US:

As part of its braille modernization initiative, NLS is launching the Braille-on-Demand pilot project on Monday, June 20, 2022. This project will allow active NLS patrons to request and receive one hard-copy braille title per month, which they can retain for their personal use. If an individual who is not registered as a patron submits an order, NLS will refer the individual to their local network library to begin the process of becoming a patron.

Braille titles will be limited to books that are currently available on BARD, the NLS Braille and Audio Reading Download service. At this time, requests are limited to one book per patron per month. Only complete titles will be distributed. Requests for partial titles (for example, volume one of a three-volume book) will result in receiving the entire book.

The form to request a braille-on-demand book can be found linked from Patrons may complete the form themselves or contact their network library for assistance. They may also contact NLS Reference at [email protected] for assistance in completing the form.

Braille Improvers on Tuesday

Our Braille Improvers session returns on Tuesday at 7:30 PM, ideal if you have learnt grade 1 braille and want to know where to go next, or are learning grade 2 braille but need some help.

It is not a braille lesson, but we will share useful resources, tips and tricks, learning strategies and answer your questions.

Anyone is welcome, but it is particularly designed for people who have completed our recent Braille for Beginners course.

We ask that questions remain relevant to an audience that is not especially familiar with braille. Complex coding or technology questions are better suited to our regular Braille Bar, which will continue after the Easter break.

Join Braille Improvers here:

Or, to join by phone, use these details:

  • Phone number: 0131 460 1196
  • Meeting ID: 813 5792 4044
  • Passcode: 123456

Formatting your Braille, Tuesday at 7:30 PM

It’s often said in the industry that garbage in = garbage out, but what does this mean in practice?

This Tuesday at 7:30 PM, our Chairman Dave Williams will hold a conversation with Kawal Gucukoglu, who worked for many years as a braille transcriber at RNIB. They will discuss the principals of effective braille layout – headings, paragraphs, lists, tables and so on – and how to implement them in electronic file formats to achieve optimum quality.

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

Brailliant BI X and Mantis Q40 – What’s new in Version 2.0.0?

Version 2.0.0 is coming soon and will contain some significant new enhancements for the Brailliant BI X and Mantis Q40 braille displays. If you want to be more productive and efficient using your Braille display, join Andrew and Peter to find out what’s new in the most updated software version. We are sure there will be some tremendous good reasons you should update to the latest software. Don’t worry, and we will make sure to have time for your questions at the end.

The event takes place via Zoom on Tuesday 24 May at 1:00 AM in the UK (Monday 23 May at 8:00 PM Eastern). You can register for it here.